OK, here's the lowdown. My band is playing at a gig called "First Night San Diego" on New Year's Eve. Seven stages, lots of exposure, not a bad gig, overall. The PA will be run by a "professional sound company." Wellll, I hope they're good. Maybe we'll get to play through a Midas board and some EAW or Renkus-Heinz cabinets. Hey! I know! I'll look up the contractor's web site. Let's seeeeee ... mixers. Uhhhh, Carvin, Audio Centron, Behringer. Oh wow, they do have a Mackie 24-4. What about the speakers ... uhhhh, Carvin. Outboard effects? Carvin, Behringer, Samson. Power amps? Carvin, a few lower-end QSC. At least they have some Shure mics, 57's and 58's. We can use our own Betas, though. I never dreamed that I'd be hoping against hope that we got a Mackie board to get the best of them. Don't get me wrong, we do play through a Mackie board, but I believe a Midas Venice is in our future. At least we have Lexicon, dbx and Aphex outboard stuff. The worst of it is that our sound is going to be run by a stranger. Eek!