Looking at bass amps, it seems that there are 3 categories. One is the stage and performance worthy amp. I'm not talking about quality, but just in terms of power and size, these are the ones that can keep up with a band and don't get drowned out by the guitarists 100 watt Marshall. Category #2 is the "practice amp". Little combos of low-moderate wattage, usually one 10", 12", or even 15" speaker, and not much use for anything other that personal practice. Then there are the 'tweener amps. They aren't really loud enough for a performance situation, and they are a little too big and loud for practice amps. For instance, a Fender Bassman 200...or a Carvin PB200. I can't think of anything you could use these things for besides playing loud by yourself. Am I wrong? I'm sure I must be. So, if YOU have one of these medium size amps, 100-200 watts, and you DO use it for something besides annoying the dog, please tell me what you do with it. It also occurs to me that I may be misunderstanding the mid size combo amp altogether. In bands I've been in I used a Hartke 3500 head, which kept up nicely pushing 240 watts I believe it was through the 15" cabinet I was using. Could I have been loud enough with, say, 150 watts? 120 watts? Most people seem to suggest over 300 watts for bands situations, yet I see companies like Ampeg, Peavey, and Hartke selling tons of amps in the 120-200 watt range. Am I missing something? Is the whole wattage thing over-rated (no pun intended)? Opinions?