I've been asked to play for a country western band that plays mostly old school stuff. They gig once or twice a month and get paid. They have a decent following and usually draw 75-150 people a time and so they all get a bit of money. It's not really my favorite style of music but at the same time my wife loves country. And I've had a time in my life where I'd listen to it and enjoyed it. Anyways... My dilemma and goal is to forsake my wonderful sounding but super heavy Fender Rumble 100 for something smaller. They have a sound guy and I can go direct. But they practice once a week and there's no way I'm dragging that rumble 100 all over creation and really, I'll never need that much power. I was recording with it yesterday in the garage and on 2-3 volume the garage door was shaking and rattling a lot and I wouldn't have been able to hear my click track that well in my headphones. I had to go back down to 1. The thing has major power. It's a 2-10" cab on rollers. The sound of it is great I think. But it's freaking heavy. So... I would like to find a single 10" amp or even smaller if such a thing has a big and bassy enough sound. I would use it for practice and then hopefully just use it as a monitor at a gig and use a direct box. My only thing is I don't know if you need an XLR out to use a direct box. Mine has an XLR out and at church we ran that directly into the system. But I'm thinking that's what the direct box does if you DON'T have an XLR out on your amp, right? So, to summarize my questions are: 1. Does a direct box work with an amp with no xlr out? 2. What brand or direct box would that be and can you get one for not a lot of money. 3. What amps have smaller speakers that are light and still have good bassy sound. 8-10" speaker. 4. Should I neuter my Rumble 100 and take out a speaker. Seems like a bad idea. Probably wouldn't be that light and the cabinet would still be a pain to haul around. 5. Who's ready for pumpkin pie? Thanks guys. I appreciate the tips and input.