I have a question...what would it be worth to you to show up at a gig with your bass, and have the PA set up, a suitable, high quality bass amp and cabinet ready to go, the microphone set up, and the PA all ready to go? Would this influence how much you would accept for to play a gig? In other words, how much value does having someone else schlepp, setup, and tear down the gear provide for you in terms of dollars? The reason I mention this is that I'm trying to open up some new markets for jazz in my town. These are places that currently don't offer live music of any kind. I am willing to go in low once to help the venue see the power of the hosting live music to generate sales. So, because of the low price on the first gig, there won't be as much pay per man. Therefore, I was thinking of offering to haul the drums, the PA, and any other piece of gear the musician would not want to set up himself. This could potentially make the gig more attractive to the contractor musicians I'm working with. This means a bass or guitar player would basically throw his bass, backup bass, and effects pedals into his car, show up 1/2 hour before the gig, play, and then go home. No tear down other than his effects and guitar. The drummer would also have the same benefit. Kit provided and set up -- he brings any desired pieces if he wants, but essentially has no haulage to speak of, no set up, no tear down. What would this be worth to you as a bass player, in terms of money? $50? $40, $30? Nothing? Just curious. [NOTE: let's not get distracted into a conversation about how going in low ruins the market for other bands -- I'm trying to expand the market through some introductory pricing, not bring existing venues' pay scale down. I would raise the price on the second one. If you want to discuss this, I'm happy to debate that part of this in a separate thread].