Jealous I might just steal the fuses from the band PA - amping is addictive and its seriously hacking me off, but not as much as the request to play a sort of trance/ambient/funk poo. Get this: buskers in connecting London underground tunnels (ie no more than 3 people wide with solid floor and tiled arch walls) all turn up with small amps. What's goin' on - it strikes me that bands themselves think amping is necesary to everything. Even the smallest venues have amps unless it is a band that makes a special point of playing acoustically. Ed keeps telling New York tales of no-amps but I wonder if this has more to do with the logistics of getting you, your bass and your gear around New York. Is everyone going deaf or what or is it that bands are getting lazy? Or is it that the sound of the amp is the sound of music now - just like at one time people came to beleive that soup wasn't real unless it came out of a Heinz can. I'm not talking about amping basses here or trying to compete with a room full of dancers. Why do bands use PA - and like I say - I think they think it sounds right and that accoustic sound is what you get in school - sad innit?