So, this summer, my band plans on being a bit more serious and we may even shoot for playing a few gigs. I was just curious to hear some advice from some of you veterans. First issue: we don't have a PA. We are thinking of getting one, but aren't sure what to look for. I saw a package deal that included a mixer, speakers, and 4 mics by yamaha for $800. I also saw a similar package thing by Mackie for $2000. Is it necessary to spend this much for a PA? In typical bar settings what do you guys typically use a PA for? Do you mainly just use it for vocals/acoustic instruments or do you also use it to mic drums, guitar amps, etc. as well? I am guessing in smaller situations, miking drums and guitar amps probably isn't necessary. Also, do smaller bar type places have their own sound equipment you can use and if they do and you own a PA, will you just use your stuff? By the way we play metal. Sorry for the ignorance and asking so many questions, but I am new to this whole thing. I have seen many local bands play but I have never stopped to pay attention to their sound equipment or ask questions about this kind of thing. Any help would be greatly appreciated.