I've been doing so much research lately on bass amps, I'm getting a little dizzy. I really appreciate all the advice I've been getting here, but I have to admit I really still don't get it as to what a working bassist really needs. I've come to the following conclusions: 1) To be heard you need a lot of power. Like, some people saying as much as 1000 watts, but others saying at least 350. 2) If you don't have enough power, you can mic your amp. Ummmm....doesn't this contradict number one? Now, I may be dumb about bass stuff, but I have played guitar for almost 20 years. In my younger days I played through an all tube 120 watt Peavey 5150 half stack. I was pretty thrilled with all my power, and ability to crush the rest of the band as well as every other band in the practice facility. That is until we started playing shows, and the soundman would just mic my cabinet and tell me to turn down. Now, as a guitarist, there is no way in hell I would lug around a half stack knowing that most of the power would be wasted. Now, I would look for a great sounding combo, knowing it would just be mic'ed. Relating this to bass amps, I am really not following why I need to spend mucho dinero on a huge and powerful amp, since the sound guy can just mic my amp anyway. Not to mention that it would be so much to carry around. Also, when I was playing bass in a band with a 350 watt Hartke head a few years back, they would always send my signal direct. Again, all of my power was wasted. What's the point? I have a head and cabinet in mind that I will purchase if I must, but really what I would rather do is get a good combo and mic it for shows or even rehersal. I really love the tone of the Ampeg B-100R and if I could somehow make it loud enough to meet my needs it would be perfect. Again, if I were playing guitar I wouldn't care how loud my amp was, I would just mic it. Can't I do the same with the Ampeg?