Been lurking around the forum for a while but never had anything to say until now. Have read a lot of posts here about the Markbass gear and from all the comparisons and reviews I decided to purchase a new LM3 this week. I had a chance to demo the LM3 against the 800 Tube and 800 and kept coming back to the LM3 for it's warmth. My demos were with my #1 J bass thru the MB 2 x 10/1 x 15. I'll be pairing the LM3 with a 2 x 10 and 1 x 15 cab set up...both MB cabs, BTW. Have been using an SWR Workingmans 15 for quite a while, with ext cab. My only question to those of you who have experience with the LM3 is this: will the 500 watts be enough for most gigs? I don't play in a super loud band and will be in 75-100 seat audience gigs most of the time, some of which will allow for DI but some that won't. I'd been DI-ing the SWR which worked well but wanted to upgrade to new gear and cut down on the bulk as much as possible. Sacrificing the warm tones from the LM3 to bump up to the somewhat sterile clarity of the 800 (since I'm not a slap player) just didn't seem the way to go. Our stuff is Americana with some Celtic tossed in. Example: Steve Earle, Sadies, Corrs, etc. thanks for any input.