One of my bands is breaking up. We had our last gig on Saturday. I've stated in several forums on TB about the dangers of sharing music equipment among band members. I think this band did it right and I wanted to share what this experience has been like. Our PA system is not owned collectively. Instead we each own specific pieces of the PA. This is making the painful process of breaking up a little bit easier. For example, one member owns the main speakers, another owns the monitors, I own the mixer, eq, etc. We each own our own mics, cables, etc. While we have a lot of other stuff to divide up including boxes of unsold CDs and T-Shirts, and while there are plenty of contentious issues within the band, what to do about the PA isn't one of them. We each know what is ours and there's no band discussion needed about what to do with it all or how to divide it up. The down side of this is that I've now got a mixer I don't really need. But I know I could sell it, or buy some speakers and have my own little PA. Anyway, there's no perfect solution and band break ups are never pretty. But this approach has really seemed to eliminate one of the big, contentious head aches that usually plagues the break up process.