So my band played a great gig Friday. We had about 160 people in attendance and by all accounts we rocked the house. One thing is bothering me. My '59 Bassman was mic'd through the house PA. I was unable to get the volume loud enough to get the tubes cooking into the sweet spot. The cleans were a bit flat and the dirt (through my Crunch Box) seemed thin and fizzy. The sound was nothing like it sounds at band practice where I can turn the amp up loud and get the tubes cooking. Most gigs we play we aren't mic'd and I can turn up my Bassman fairly loud. There is a new local club which is a great venue and we are playing there more often and we are always mic'd through the house PA. I am thinking I should get a lower watt amp (like a Blues Jr.) for these types of gigs when I am mic'd. Does this make sense? If so what do you recommend for a low wattage amp in the $400-800 range? I would still keep my Bassman for the larger gigs!! No, I'm not buying an attenuator!!!!!