There's a lot to be said about the power of a large band to move audiences. But for playing the guitar, I prefer a trio (plus vocalist(s)). I like to be able to hear myself clearly, which I can't always do with a lot of other instruments, and I also like having the responsibility (and freedom) which comes with being solely responsible for all chording and solos. I don't have to worry about colliding with another guitar or keys (although admittedly, collaborating with another guitar or keys can be great fun.) This may be due to some of my influences. When I was a young whippersnapper it was all about Cream and the Hendrix Experience, and some of my contemporary influences, like Oz Noy and Julian Lage, play often in trios. Right now I'm in two bands -- one is a larger one with two keyboards, and the other is a small Latin band with guitar, bass, drums and congas (I like having extra percussion. I wouldn't mind even another percussionist on timbales or misc. Latin percussion.) Let's compare notes.