I went to a party tonight where my band was asked to play, but our lead singer and lead guitarist couldn't make it, so they got another band. They were pretty good, played mostly classic rock ... Tom Petty, Stones, Neil Young, Hootie and the Blowfish ... HOOTIE and THE BLOWFISH? Well, anyway, the guitarists played Strats, one through a Fender Twin Reverb and the other through a Rocktron pre-amp with a Crest power amp into a Marshall half-stack. The bassist had a funky Kramer/Ferrington electric/accoustic playing through what? A Hartke 120-watt Kickback. He had to turn it up so high that it was distorting most of the night, and you could barely hear him. There certainly was not any real bottom to the groove. So what? Well, it just reaffirms my belief that you need at least 300 watts to sound worth a crap, no matter what the gig. These guys were playing in a CLOSED GARAGE! So quit asking if we think a 100 watt bass amp is going to cut through the mix when your guitarist has a 50- or 100-watt amp. It won't. It just won't. I'm sorry, but that's just how I feel.