In the group I play drums in, our bass player owns the PA. He does a lot of sound work and has a LOT of PA gear. In the past few gigs since we started playing again he has run it off the stage and it has been just fine. Last night, they bring in all kind of stuff and the guy that he works with ran the sound (from the side of the freakin' stage!) We wound up having to cut the money one more time for the sound guy. The club we were playing in seats probably 100 people (serious overkill.) I couldn't hear outfront but suspect due to the stage volume the only thing in the PA were vocals. In my other band (I am the bassist,) Our guitar player owns the PA. He owns a fairly large PA. For the same club/same night of the week, he uses some EV 15/horn speakers with 1 amp running the FOH and the monitors (from the stage.) His thinking is that if you can get the vocals on top everything else will take care of it self in a club this size. In this club his thinking is correct. When the gig is over, the PA fits in a mini van and we are out of there in a jiffy. Sorry, I will take that cheese to go with my whine now.