I get a mess of flack from certain members here and elsewhere, because our bands PA is dirt cheap stuff (Harbinger). I was discussing this phenomenon with a couple of long term colleagues of mine. One a BL / Guitarist and sound engineer on the side, and the other does DJing for his side gig. So both are plenty familiar with the gear, and risks to equipment... One of the things that was noted, is that me and my band will take gigs, that these guys will pass on. And it is based on a cost / benefit analysis / risk analysis of the situation. These guys simply speaking, wouldn't ever consider the barn parties my band does. The pay is kind of low-ish ($125.00 /hr setup / play time. We don't charge for tear down...). and the risk can be kind of high. There have been plenty of occasions where we have had to winch a truck hauling our gear out of goo, or hurriedly cover everything with tarps to keep from getting our stuff drenched.... Where these guys will only do indoor gigs, or outdoor gigs with paved access / covered stage area etc... So my question is, do you let the cost of your equipment determine what gigs you are willing to take?