I have posted a similiar thread to this one before. But this one is a little different. If you are playing a larger show "realistically" there is no reasonably sized bass rig that would be loud enough to fill the room on its own. This is what Pa's are for right? So what I am thinking as I have said many other times is that these massive amounts of power is kinda a waste if you are going through a sound system. Do you not think the speaker quality of the mains and the signal to the mains is most important? So here is my conclusion I hear a lot of people telling others you need this much power to even cut through etc. But how loud can you be on stage with say for example a regular sized band of 5 members? So I would say why not focus on getting a decent set-up of equipment to improve your signal to the mains and run your amp through the sound system? Instead of trying to pump out all this power mainly just for yourself. When a monitor can do the trick the same. Yeah I realize there are times when you dont run through the system and more power is good. Maybe it is the places I play but if the mains are what the audience hears then buy the goods to fatten up the mix in the mains. does it not just make sense? note: I am not against power I like it..a lot but where do we draw the line between neccessity and it just feels good to own?