I play guitar, keys and sing. I've struggled to hear myself at gigs for decades. House monitor systems are hit and miss. Sine I've started taking my own personal monitor with me, Ive had nor problems hearing myself, even on the loudest of stage mixes. I play classic hard rock and the Hot Spot is probably the most important piece of gear I own. There are a couple of other personal monitors on the market that are chapped, but this one is far louder and sounds the best to me.