As I have stated here many times, my band has a regular sound man. Well, he also does sound for another band, which doesn't bother me at all. That is until he bailed on a gig we had booked to do the sound for this other band even though we were booked first. He is competent and he understands how to hook up our system as well as I do, which is a huge bonus because it takes the load off me, however, it's not like he is a great engineer or anything. I know another guy that will run our system for us ( When he's available) for $80 a night. And that guy is a very good engineer. Anyway, we get to the gig last night. It's at a place that has a house system and we were hoping they still had someone to run it. They didn't. Their board is a Mackie Onyx and a POS. We spent an hour just trying to get the Aux for the stage left monitors to respond. There was a kid that worked there who had watched the guy that used to run the board and pretty much knew how to turn the system on, that was it. We had already decided that we would not do a full PA set up like we normally do, rather we would just put vocals and a little kick and snare in the PA. Nevertheless it was a goat ****. We called a guy I know who was familiar with the system and he came up and helped us get it set up. We ended up running one monitor mix. Little kick and snare and 3 vocal mics, vocals only in the monitors. Pretty much a set it and forget it deal other than a few times I had to go over between sets and turn it all down a little. I definitely missed my MixWiz. The mix wound up being pretty decent and I had at least 2 people come up and say that we haven't had a mix that good since I used to mix from the stage. I am guessing that in the small(ish) bars we play, putting all that crap in the PA is not warranted. In conclusion, we have decided that other than large venues or outside, we will just go back to me mixing from the stage and most often we will not put the guitar and bass rigs in the PA. Sucks that now we have all the gear necessary to fully mic it all up, but it is what it is. So I guess it's back to a 3 way split.