Hey all, I am a long time reader, and a rare poster... I recently hooked up with some people that seem to be turning into a somewhat serious band. This seemed like the right forum to me for this topic, but if the moderators think I am wrong, I apologize in advance. We all have decent gear, except for the singer, who is new to performing, and she is looking for a PA setup. So far she has been mic'ed through an old guitar amp, which is adequate for practice, but not a reasonable setup for gig situations. We are playing a variety of cover tunes, for the moment at least, ranging from classic rock, to mellow blues, to etta james, to funk. It is me on bass, a fairly loud drummer, 2 guitar players, and one female singer. We may also wind up adding occasional friends on harmonica, keys, or horns. Gig wise, my expectation is that we will probably within a month or two be playing a couple parties to get comfortable playing out, and shortly thereafter looking for some small bar and club type gigs. I don't expect to ever be doing anything bigger than a medium sized club with this group of folks. The question is, what can you recommend for a reasonable starter PA for the singer??? We are interested in getting some professional quality stuff, though the price target to start is not much more than $1k. Is it worth getting a mixing board that we can all plug into? How much wattage do you think is necessary? What kinda Speaker cabinets (i.e., 10's, 15 with horns, etc.)?? Anyway, I appreciate any and all inputs you guys can give whether general considerations, or specific brands and models.