I've seen versions of this question, but never exactly what I'm after (tell me if I'm mistakenand help me out with the link) I'm getting back into gigs after years away. I've got my new gigging head/cab stack setup. I've also got a practice combo in the works (a couple hundred watts. Let's pretend it doesn't exist for now). The question is this: Bass amps are notoriosly quirky. IMHO a backup is a must. A decade or two ago, I used to run around with a mini (by the standards of the day) combo and a mic in my trunk. Is a one trip setup the route to take again, some sort of small combo. Should I be carrying some sort of DI box (I'm cool with not hearing myself for one gig while I get stuff fixed, obviously not forever). I just don't know what to do. Backup combo and mic, combo with a DI, preamp with a DI, or a DI box. Here's my musts: Let's keep it well under a grand. I'd love it at five-ish hopefully a fair amount lower. My sound guy rules, but I want some control. A basic EQ will do, but it can't be true straight to the board. There's compression on my board as well as my other distortion and the like. I'm after clean/true. I run an active bass 95% of the time, so a pad option would be great, but a passive is bound to come up. Thanks!