Okay, instead of hijacking a similar thread I've decided to start my own. Your opinions wanted! Just as the title says. How small an all tube rig DO YOU THINK I can get away with? About me: I play a MIM Fender Precision in a five piece Blues band: Harp player through a vintage Harmony (?) tube combo amp (10-20 watts?), lead guitarist usually through a pedal board/sometimes through a vintage Marshall tube "quarter stack" (old Marshall tube head - wattage unknown- and 2 12 cab), rhythm guitarist / keyboardist through a small powered monitor, drummer on a Roland electric drum kit also through small powered monitor, and myself on bass through my Ampeg BA210 combo. Thing is, in college my lead guitarist minored in sound engineering, and that with the fact that our drummer uses electric drums we have an excellent discipline over our sound (ie...low, LOW stage volume, all instruments kept low, tone and vocals are paramount, all instruments run through mixer into PA that does heavy lifting and overall volume duties. We practice and perform this way, always able to speak to one another on stage and no one wears hearing protection (although I do advocate hearing protection in general) My current setup is my Precision plugged into my combo amp, which is my older Ampeg BA210. 220 (?) watts SS into 2 10 speakers FYI. I run the gain around 4, and never, and I mean never, turn my master above 3. So after reading about all these incredible new lower wattage tube offerings and watching the youtube demos (for example Ampeg v4 reissue, Fender 100T with the 25 watt option, Ashdown LB30 and now their incredible little CTM 15) I'm just [del]dreaming[/del] wondering if I should move up to a mini all tube tone machine. My question to you, my Talkbass friend and fellow bass player, is what is the smallest (physical and wattage) that you would suggest I could get away with? Obviously I would still run through the PA for rehearsal and live shows, although I'm not sure if the smallest of the small tube heads have a DI or not. For starters, I have a vision of me running the tiny, easy to move about Ashdown CTM 15 through a 212 and enjoying a grindy, slightly overdriven all tube bass tone at a volume something just above conversation volume and either through a DI or micing the cab letting the PA take care of whatever volume increase is needed. Is this viable? Does anyone else do this? Can it be done? I just hate the idea of spending money for a full blown (100 watt or more) tube rig since i am in a band that runs such a low stage volume. Yes, I'm a cheapskate so may as well let that factor into the suggestions as well! Anyway, suggestions, experiences, anecdotes, and even flames welcome.