Ok, so here is my situation. I find myself practicing with 2 different bands. One band rents a rehearsal room with some amazing equipment. The other practices in a basement with our own equipment. I have used a number of combo amps. On a budget, I picked up a 200 Watt Peavey combo that I figured would provide enough headroom for the basement band. From a volume standpoint it was fine, but as we practiced it started to fart and just never sounded as smooth and rich as the amps included with the rehearsal hall. I understand you cant compare apples to oranges and I have come to the conclusion that a head and cabinet is probably the way to go. My question is where to start. I would want a lightweight rig that can keep up with a classic hard rock 5 piece band.