I don't go out to hear bands often. I've been playing weekends for so many years when I'm not playing I enjoy the time away from clubs and crowds. This may be why I have a limited perspective. When we gig we use significant PA systems. The gear on stage is for the "band" to hear. When the drummer is using his acoustic drums we are louder on stage and when he uses the electronic set we are can lower the stage volume. I always see this as a positive and I'm happy that we can hear the vocal monitors and can clearly hear the dynamics of each song and player on stage. I use a 400 watt head into two 8 ohm single 12 cabs and yes there are nights where I'm pushing it pretty hard so we aren't ultra quiet. Is my band in the minority here on TB ? Do most of you take the same approach or do the majority of you crank it up on stage, battle 100 watt Marshalls and let it ROCK?