I am at the stage where I am thinking about upgrading my amp setup to something bigger, being that our band is starting to actually look at playing around town. I have to tell you that I find this whole process confusing and slightly frustrating . I am very tight on cash and I'm afraid of having post-purchase regrets like "I should have saved a bit longer for something a bit better or louder". So... I had a thought: What about removing the amp/cabs from the equation altogether and rather investing in a good preamp to go through the PA system (which we practice with and will undoubtedly have available at shows), and using a small, light practise amp for monitoring and practising at home??? Stupid idea? Would I totally shoot myself in the foot by not having a huge rig or is this "light-transport" setup a decent alternative?? Thanks again!!