Just got back from our regular gig we do about once a month. In the end, it all went well, sounded good, made decent money, etc., but it didn't start that way. Went through a couple amp changes, configuration changes, and some head scratching trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Started with amp shutdowns a couple minutes after power up, followed by working amps with too much "transistor radio" sound in them, followed by a couple trouble free sets, followed by a total failure in the middle of the last set followed by finishing out the night with my T-max, a single 12, and the best sound I had all night. I suspect some of this may've been due to a crap/shorted cable or 2, a shoddy powerstrip/extension cord/GFCI outlet or who knows what else. I basically overheated my 800rb and when my drummer jumped up to help pull cables/switch gear, etc. while the singer and guitar player did a number to buy us a couple minutes, he says "we got hot cables, man". Meaning speaker cables. First the rig died, then about 30 seconds or so later (maybe a verse of a song), the DI died. So, we throw the Tmax up there, don't get sound from the second cab. DI works good, good sound from one cab. So, we finish the night and all is well. Gig went great, we sounded really good, made decent money, got booked again, and possibly scored a nice paying private party gig out of it (have to follow up on that), plus, some older lady (older meaning 50-ish?) threw us $100 in the tip jar. In the end, it all worked out, and frankly, the Peavey amp with the known-to-be-good-cable, through the one good speaker that worked sounded great, best tone all night. I guess it helped getting rid of the bugs. Anyway, my point is, bring your backups with you folks. I've been dragging this 50lb. amp around with me to every gig I've played. Sometimes I play it and make the GK the backup because I like the Peavey. One time I used it to power monitors because somebody's poweramp crapped out. Most of the time it's dead weight. Tonight, it saved the whole show and it was one of the best shows we've had in a long time. If it weren't for "old faithful", it could've been one of the worst, and had a couple missed opportunities that may prove to be lucrative. I've been paring down my PA system/bass gear to make stuff easier to haul/set up, etc. but I've always found room for that old T-max. Tonight, it was worth it's weight in gold. Always have a backup plan folks, be it a spare amp, a DI, 2 speakers when you can get away with 1, etc. Hell, I chain together two 6 channel mixers instead of having a single 12 channel. If one goes down, I can still get vocals, acoustic guitar and kick drum. Crank the backline and bash the rest of the drums. Fun-loving audiences still have a good time. Beats the hell out of saying "fun's over folks, our stuff is broke". Now, to unload the stuff and see just what is fried in what and what is just simple stuff.