In the working world, doing your job well means that you're a candidate for a larger role with more responsibility.
Somehow, I've gone from being the keyboard guy to being responsible for amplifying and mixing the entire band. Too bad that larger role doesn't come with more pay!
Here's the harsh truth. Professional sound guys -- and their equipment -- command serious coin. And bar gigs don't pay that well. So we do it ourselves.
I've been doing this the last few years, and have learned quite a bit about what works, and -- more importantly -- what doesn't.
Some context? This is a fun hobby for me. Generally speaking, I am not budget limited. I buy what works. If it doesn't work, I sell it and move on. If I'm not having fun, something is wrong.
So, now you get to read the Bible Of Electric Bar Band Amplification according to me.