My first time playing an electric instrument without an amp onstage. Gotta say it was pretty cool. I wasn't quite as loud as I wanted to, but I could hear myself fine, and my tone was great. I got several compliments on my tone after the gig. I just plugged my bass into my pedalboard with tuner, flanger, volume pedal, and an SFT on all the time to give me an amp sound. SFT just went to a DI to the FOH. It was also the coolest thing ever when I got to walk offstage and to the van with my bass in a gigbag over my shoulder, and a suitcase in my hand holding my pedalboard, stand, mic, and cables. I've been torn deciding what kind of amp I want to get, if I want to go with the big rock setup, or something more monitor like with less character. I think last night really spelled it out for me!