My band has been together since October, and after playing some small gigs we are now getting offers to play festivals and country club dances, where the pay is $1000 and up. We have a meeting set with the local country club to work out the details for a big dance in June, associated with a golf tournament. There will be about 300 people there. (At the dance, not at the meeting.) We have our own PA system and lights....a good mixer, nice mains, monitors, a good sub, plenty of power to run them, and decent stage lighting. All of it is new and good quality...QSC, Community, etc. All this is background for the following question. How should we factor in the value of using our own sound and lights (and our own sound man) when calculating our price for the gig? Obviously, the options are to require them to provide the sound/light, provide it ourselves, or we could hire it done by a third party. (It is a lot of work to set up and run.) I think it would help to have some idea what is the going rate to hire a sound system plus lights and a tech for the evening. So, what kind of money do people usually spend or charge for this service? To be more specific, I'm talking about a QSC 1850 with 2 15" mains, an ART SLA-2 with 12" monitors, a QSC 1450 with an 18" sub, a Mackie CFX20 mixer, 100' snake, and 2 light stands with a total of 8 cans that chase, etc., and all the stands, cables, and trimmings that go with them. We also use a Sennheiser in ear for the lead singer. I'm assuming everyone will agree that a band that supplies its own gear like this is worth more than one which doesn't, but how much? Obviously not more than it would cost the venue to hire someone else to provide the sound. So, any help out there?