Well, I'm the worship leader... so hopefully that will make it easier haha. Like many churches, we've been through the whole "less stage volume" challenges - had Roland VDrums and ran our guitars (acoustic and electric) direct, used more Hot Spots and fewer big floor monitors... Hadn't gone all the way to in-ears though. A few years ago our drummer wanted to bring his real kit for the youth nights. It was a lower end Pearl kit, but I was amazed how much I even preferred that over the sound of the VDrums. So after a few weeks of using the Pearl kit on Wednesdays and VDrums on Sundays, he asked if he could use his kit for a Sunday. I told him to use Hot Rods and try not to be too loud. He did a great job, and I heard many great comments from the congregation. Even the seniors remarked, "I may be old fashioned, but I just really like the sound of real drums." Excellent. My next step was to trade/sell the VDrums for a real set... and got a killer trade - an 80s, US made, all maple Gretsch kit with hardware! I bought a shield to keep the stage volume under control a little bit, and everybody seems to be very happy with them. Now on to the guitars. Our other guitarist runs direct through a POD, but runs a line out to a little modeling Vox (behind a plexi shield) for personal monitoring. And I've been running my pedalboard through the Sansamp Liverpool for some years now. It actually does the trick quite well, and gives the sound guy complete control, which may or may not be a good thing. Sometimes I can hear everything clearly, and other times they may turn it down way too much in the monitors and I'm just left hoping it sounds good out in the mains. But lately I've been really missing the responsiveness and interaction of a guitar with a real amp on stage, and the way even the cleans can kind of surround you even at lower volumes, as opposed to just coming out of the monitors. So I sold off some personal gear to go out and purchase a little Fender Blues Jr. Sweet little amp! Plays REALLY well with all of my pedals (especially the Open Road, Route 808 and Barber LTD). I am going to be bringing it in sometime this week to set it up and figure out the best way to get the tone I want while not being too loud. Probably using another amp shield and trusty SM57. But I will be experimenting with also running a direct line through either my Liverpool or the H&K Red Box. I usually record a loop through my DD7 so I can put down the guitar and walk around and listen, make changes etc... Sorry for the extremely long post. If you've made it this far, well done. Anybody else returning to real amps from the direct modeling solutions?