I used a keyboard amp for years but just got tired of carrying the damn thing as, even though it sounded great it weighs far too much. I live in an apartment and my rule is "one lift". I have a little cart and, at over 50, if I can't put everything I need on the cart, I don't take it. The little monitor works great and I do use the attachment that allows me to put the top of the boom stand right on top of the monitor. It seems a little cluttered at first, but it is certainly effective and allows you to hear very well. If you need a bit of a tweak on the sound, all the controls are at your fingertips. I usually set up behind the front row of players and that does put me closer to some guitar amps and the drums. The little monitor works great for me. To get the correct level, the signal to the board is pretty hot. However, as long as the signal is matched with the gain control it is not an issue. The singers love it as well as it keeps the sax volume out of the monitor which makes it better for them when there is only one monitor mix.