I'm suddenly having difficulty putting together the requisite cash for my new rig. I've got a 450-watt Peavey head waiting to be matched with the cabinet of my choice. Until now, I've been leaning towards an Eden 215xl. But getting the cash is not the hangup any more, its my desire to pay for a glorified stage monitor that I'm having trouble reconciling. To wit: My band played our first gig Saturday (well, at least it was the first gig with the current membership lineup), and I was stuck using my underpowered Peavey TNT combo. Not surprisingly, the combo was far too underpowered for the gig. Of course, rather than listen to my suggestion that the other two guitarists should turn down, they surprisingly suggested that I go direct into the PA for support. I never dreamed the rest of the guys in the band would agree to having my bass in the monitors, but there you go. In a nutshell, it worked great. The little combo, placed directly behind me, functioned fine as a stage monitor and never approached being pushed into clipping. Meanwhile my sound through the mains was authoritative and present without being bothersome through the monitors. Suddenly, the idea of me shelling out over $600 for a speaker cab doesn't seem like such a great idea anymore. I may go with an efficient 12" cab, or maybe an Avatar 2X12, just to provide my stage volume. If the rest of the band doesn't complain, I'll stay with PA support at every gig. What say the great and powerful TB masses?