I haven't brought an amp to a gig in almost a year. It's not that I don't have awesome cabs and amps, cuz I do. It's not that they're all too heavy to carry, because they're not. It's because I'm lazy and can get away with it. When I play at church, an amp is provided for me. For club gigs, I use either my Radial JDI or SABDDI straight into the board, and have the bass come through the monitors. For larger outdoor gigs and festival, I play whatever amp they have there (usually GK and/or Hartke). I get paid the same, whether I bring an amp or not. 9 out of 10 times, the audience doesn't even notice that I don't have an amp (unless there's a bassist present). Sure I miss out on having that killer tone on stage, but I also miss out on load-out. I set up for a gig in about 15 minutes, and tear down in 10. One trip to the car, with a bass slung on the shoulder laughing at all my fellow musicians lugging gear along the way. I guess I love amps and cabs, and what they do. I just don't like hauling them.