I'm using a Realist with a Polytone Mini-Brute amp. I'm keenly aware of all of the shortcomings of this set up and I've learned to work with it. I've recently made myself available as a bass player at church and I'm concerned that my equipment will be unsatisfactory. The ensembles usually consist of 3 to 6 musicians in a room of 500 people. I think the least expensive alternative for me is to spring for the Polytone Sidekick speaker but I'm loathe to do so because I'm not too crazy about the Polytone to begin with. Does anyone have experience with the Polytone Sidekicks?