Stupid question, right? Well, I got to wondering what the consensus was. It just struck me that apart from a few old timers (set in their ways? nostalgic? senile? Or experienced?) and likewise a few young newbies (poor, so they must use what they can get cheap? easily impressed? stupid? Or, because they haven't heard much advice yet, they go with what sounds good?) There's a pretty big sect that espouses the "amp as stage monitor" school. The audience hears only a DI into the board, whether you use a $5000 boutique setup or a $129 Behringer combo. I've noticed that when someone is wondering what cabs to use, if they want more than a 4X10 they are told they should not, and directed to the next meeting of the Sansamp Sect. I was more than a little ticked off when one person responded to someone's question - 2 410s or 1 410 + 215 - with a comment that anyone who likes a rig that big must have a small "wee wee." So, as someone suffering from atrophied "privates" (it must be true, I was told I needed a "male enhancer" drug in another thread because I have used huge rigs) I am wondering where most people here stand. If I am the only one here who has more than a Sansamp and a Walkman as my main rig, I will humbly take my tiny privates elsewhere. And why is it not OK to bash someone's love for an extended range bass while it's great sport to ridicule someone personally because you don't agree with their speaker choice? If you can make that 11 string bass work for you musically, great. If Shleppy can get a killer sound with his SVT and 2 810 cabs, and his band is happy, and the people are happy, is that so bad?