Long post...sorry.... Have a band here that started as a staff band and moved on to gigging out and about in the city last year. Most places we have played have backline/PA. I have an amp, mic and stand as well as cords etc...and often end up providing the power supplies, cords etc for the rest of the band...i don't sweat these small things...but in situations without backline, we ended up borrowing PA, guitar amp, keyboard + amp, drums, other mics and stands from the school.....which I loathe. So I am pushing us to have what we need to play shows....we have lots of other opportunities to play....but we need our own gear. Everyone agrees.... In early discussions, the idea floated was that we would use any band pay towards gear we need. I am 100% with that...but I am only ok as this pertains to buying a PA. I don't think the band fund should be used to purchase a keyboard and amp for the keys player/singer...I also think everyone should have their own mic and stand. The one I am torn on is the drums...we would likely buy a v-drum kit as they are easier to deal with in the limited space/size of cars here (Southwest China). Our drummer was a guitar player who took up drums to join the band...almost willing to say we just buy it as a band...but then it stays with the band when I or other members move on... I don't want to be a jerk...but have no where near the rig I wish I had....and feel like if we are buying the guitarist and keyboardist amps...then I want a better amp too! The keyboard is a non starter for me... At the risk of posing a 'if you have to ask, you know the answer' am I being a jerk? Intl/ex-pat life is different....more transient/less stuff to allow mobility...back home I would not even consider it..