So a friend of mine is working with a newish (re-formed) band. I'm pretty bargain basement budget wise. But these guys took it to a whole new level. For better or worse... Well they put on a private party show I helped them out with a couple of days ago, and here's the report as it were... Lead Guitarist: Using some pawn shop Ibanez, and a 60 watt 1x12 Peavey from the 1980s most likely. He paid $100.00 in a pawn shop for both. Rhythmn Guitaristawn shop affinity strat, and used, REALLY beat Fender Champion 40. Bass: 1970s or early 1980s Hondo (?) P bass copy he's had since he was a kid. No real cost there. Crate BX100 combo amp. Probably has $100.00 in that rig. Drummer: Pawn Shop Pearl drum kit. He reskinned it. Between purchase cost, reskinning, and replacing broken / missing hardware / adding sticks etc... He's the biggest spender here at about $300.00 PA: Begged borrowed, and / or stolen. Not mine, but a pair of Harbinger V2112s, Behringer mixer, and Behringer dynamic mics. Stage lighting / effects: Borrowed this time. mine. (See my details if you are interested). Yes there was a lot of futzing getting things dialed in, but once they got to playing everything worked better than expected. I was worried the bass players Crate, same amp I used to own (make and model, not the same exact unit), wouldn't quite cut it volume wise, but it was fine. Venue: Friendswood TX, private block party. The "stage" was a makeshift pallets and plywood riser in the organizers front yard. Volume levels were kept appropriate for the venue, no angry neighbors or police officers having to shut it down, and aside from the air being far brisker than we expected, and having to play under an EZ Up due to intermittent rain all went really well. The audience was about 200 people, lots of dancing going on, and neighbors getting to know each other on a more social level. Aside from the kids the adults ages ranged from on the low end I'd say 35 and up. There was one older gent that was milling about that could have easily been a WW2 veteran, he either was, or looked like he was well into his 90s... What this gig proved to me, or really reinforced to me, is that with proper setup, use, and maintenance, you don't need to pour your life savings into your gear, unless you want to, to have great sound and your audience having fun!