I'm involved in a band project that has been spending most of our early days recording, but intend on taking it to the stage of small/average sized bars at some point within the next couple of years. I currently own two bass amps, and neither of them seem particularly great for live scenarios, from what I've read so far. One is a Randall RB200X (200 Watts) and the other is a Vox VX50BA (50 Watts). Both are surprisingly loud considering the wattage. The 200 Watt Randall is quite chunky and a chore to carry around, so I'd rather not rely on something of this size. The 50 Watt Vox is very portable, but I doubt it would compete particularly well with drums. I've considered just having the Vox mic'd up or using the Direct Out to a PA. But I've read some people advising against that for a number of reasons. It would help to be able to hear myself on-stage, too. I've read some suggestions of having the amp face towards me, rather than out to the front, but I'm still not sure how it would do with drums not far behind. Should I just invest in a better amp (not ideal), or is there some kind of workaround for this? Perhaps some people here have experience using these amps at live shows? Keep in mind I don't intend on playing large or even above bar-size venues. I wouldn't be surprised if the turnout was anywhere between 30 - 150 depending on other bands in the lineup and specific venue. Any info is appreciated. Fairly new to performing in live situations, but pretty experienced in recording and mixing at home.