Hey everyone, went to a try out rehearsal yesterday with a band that's looking for a new guitar player, was excited to be able to crank it up again and play with other musicians. I brought my ESP Eclipse and my Laney IRT Studio (15 watts, very portable). They had a Marshall 412 with G12-75s there for me to use (I play V30s and G12-65s usually) so I knew I had to take it easy on the treble and bass controls and dial in a healthy amount of mids. Now this basically did the trick, apart from the Laney struggling to keep up (had the master on 6, the 97db sensitivity of the 75s probably didn't help) because the other guitarist had a Powerball 2 into an ENGL cab with V30s I made an interesting observation. I had my Boss SD-1 with me to tighten up my amp and push the crunch channel, but after a song or two I went to the Laney and turned my gain control down to in between 2 and 3 on the dial. This is something that would usually result in a very weak sound at home, I have the gain on 4 with the SD-1 in front when I'm by myself and I feel like that's enough crunch to be able to play heavier music without anything turning to mush, however in a band scenario not only did the volume make a huge difference, I also discovered that my gain control had turned into a mud control. After I took it down to 2-3 I could hear myself waaaay better. And as said, I already had my mids turned up. I forgot how volume affects the sound of an amplifier. My 2203 is on the verge of being too weak in the gain department, I always have a boost in front when by myself. When I got to crank it up I had to turn off the OD pedal because it was too much. I'm pretty sure if somebody had placed a mic in front of my cab yesterday and had me play by myself I would have hated the tone, but then the drums and the bass kick in together with the second guitar player and suddenly you have all the chunk and clarity and punch you can ask for. So I understand now why soo many bands I've seen live sound like a huge washed up mess. Especially the ones that play modern metal and such. The gain knob only adds mud. In conclusion: it doesn't matter how heavy the music you play, if you wanna be heard you need a crunchy amp with an OD in front and a good right hand technique. Screw the stuff you hear on the record, playing live just needs a completely different approach. Can't wait to bring my DSL 100 to the rehearsal space and goose it with volume. I know now that I won't have to go further than the green crunch mode on it. And work some more on my chops Share your observations and experiences!