I am new to the Forum and also relatively new at bass playing. Recently I joined a group that records via the cyber world. We are thinking of forming a group to play live, something I have not done in decades, so my knowledge of current technology is practically zero. Due to budget constraints, and physical impediments (bad back and weak left arm due to shingles), I cannot be hauling heavy hardware. So, weight is a huge factor in my purchase decision, in addition to $$$, of course!! I was recommended by a friend to get a self-powered PA speaker (like the Behringer Eurolive B212D) to be used as my monitor during live gigs. This spkr only weights 32 lbs and it is rated at 280 Watts (RMS). Is this a good idea? I was looking at the Rumble 350 and the 112 cabinet (6 lbs and 24 lbs respectively). Together they put me north of $800. The Behringer only costs $230 and it does both functions. If using the Behringer is a good idea, what pre-amp/effects do you recommend? Remember, weight and $$$ are deciding factors. I do not want to exceed $750 on this, including the Behringer, (my wife may act on her threats!!! I think I ran out of get-out-of-jail free cards with her!!!) Therefore, I only have about $500 for the pre-amp and effects. I am not a fancy player, all I play is classic rock, pop and smooth jazz; therefore do not need a lot of effects (I do not use a lot of effects even as a guitar player) Thanks in advance!!!!