On Wednesday, we were playing at a small club. I was using my SABDDI into an ART levelar through my power amp driving my Avatar 212. I usually use a 210 and 212, each running off one side of the amp (mono signal sent to each side.) Since it was a small gig, I only brought my 212. I am lucky it was a medium volume affair, or I would have been left in the dust. I was using only one side of the amp, but at a potential 425 watts, I still should have had more oomph available ( all volumes were wide open.) Yesterday, I drag out my stuff for experimentation. I had in my shed an old , a well worn Peavey Probass 1000 preamp that belongs to a buddy. I hooked it up and had tons and tons of volume to spare. Since I had been using both sides of the amp before, volume was never a problem. I thought I was cool with my little rig, but I was wrong. I definately have to get a real preamp. I should just use this old Peavey, but it has some issues, and I am scared to use it at the gig.