I have been using a POD for guitar and just a preamp for bass as a DI. I use a SOLO 610 for the POD and an LA610 for the bass. I plugged in one of my guitars and amps today and wailed away full open. Although it's maybe 18 watts it was loud and glorious. I did things I just could not do direct with the POD. So I went and ordered 2 Blackheart heads, I saw some demos on youtube and they sounded pretty good. I know I can get some sounds out of them, at $150 why not try them. Those are 3/5 watt amps and I will use some of my old Jensen speakers. My question is what are some good mics other than a 57 to mic the amps with? I also have decided to use a small bass amp and mic that along with direct. Again what is a good mic to use. Do I go with a mic for a kick drum or just use a 57 or maybe an RE20? Both? D112, Beta 52, how about a Yamaha sub kick right in front of the bass amp? Any info on mics, techniques using more than one mic, anything would be greatly appreciated. Any articles or web pages, sites, even just a picture of some setups from the past. I just was getting such a great sound today, stuff there is no possible way to achieve with the POD. I can use the POD for some tracks but there was nothing like a cranked hotrodded Fender amp with old Jensen speakers!!!