A buddy and I showed up to play a couple of hours at the local festival last weekend...just us and our instruments. No light shows, fog machines, PA, or dancing girls this time around...LOL But there was already a PA, a kid doing the sound, and a couple of mics on the stage, and so we used them. Plugged our instruments direct (I'm armed with a bassmax on the wing). The place was noisy, and we'd likely never have been heard were we not amplified. This time around, however, we had monitors facing us. It was the first time I ever experienced having them to work with, and it was a dream to hear myself singing and playing the bass clearly, to get that essential feedback. So what? I'm taking all that money I'm saving for some magic (read: $$$$$) pickup and invest in monitor speakers for my own little PA, so that I get the best out of the little bassmax I can get. Monitors rule.