Hey guys, I want you to correct me if I am way off base on a personal revelation I recently have had... Im in a Southern Folk/Rock band that plays generally around Dallas/Ft. Worth/Denton and other North Texas areas. Our band usually plays in decently large venues with good/great PA sound support. I am almost always ran direct to the board and very rarely mic'd and ran direct together. Because of this, our guitar player and myself have a stage strategy that we use (which isnt really groundbreaking or unique). We face our cabs inboard (to the center of the stage) to better hear ourselves. Lots of bands do this. Anyway, so my question is this. If I am aiming my cab in board so I can use it as a quasi-monitor and the sound coming through the mains is coming from my XLR out on my amp then why does the tone of the cab even matter in my situation? The crowd cant hear it, only me. The crowd gets either the pre or post of the EQ section of the amp before it even hits the cab. Therefore shouldnt I just pick a cab that cuts the mix rather than one that is very 'musical' or 'pretty sounding'? Granted I understand that if I am playing a gig where the cab will be mic'd or a show where there is little/no sound support then there could be good reasoning to having a musical cab. But if those shows are 1 out of 20 for me then shouldnt I really just be focusing on a cab that cuts through the mix so I can monitor my self?? This may be obvious to others but just hit me like a ton of bricks last night when thinking about it. Wow, my cab doesnt have to sound good, it just has to cut.