I need some help with a PA. Im not a soundman. I play rhythm guitar and some keys. I have to run sound for the band and Im learning a lot, but have a long way to go. I know this is the best place for advice. Were a 5 piece classic rock cover band. Vocalist, 2 guitars, bass, and drums. We play mostly small bars and couple of our regular spots might be considered medium size (bar banquet type room). There is never house equipment. We dont blast the place down and keep volume so people up front dance and yet others can still hold a conversation in the back. From our beginning last fall weve been renting two powered QSC 1000w powered speakers. No subs. Were only using them at less than half volume with room on the board too for most gigs. They have been working out well, but come spring/summer they probably wont be available for all our gigs. We need to make some purchases. Have you ever been in a band where no one has a nickel to put towards equipment? Yeah, this is the case so its up to me and the other guitarist. Weve decided we would each purchase one speaker or speaker/sub combination. The band doesnt want to do band owned equipment. Right now were running the vocals, both guitars, and a bit of the bass, and bass drum to the main mix. Its worked out well keeping the stage volume low. Im using a Mackie Profx16 and I can get a decent FOH sound. The bottom is acceptable without getting everything muddy. Being realistic, I think each of us could put together about $800.00 for a total of $1,600.00. Powered speakers seem like the only way to go so thats what Im looking at, but Im open to any ideas you have to get a good sound within this budget, or close to it. Would you recommend just getting the best mains we can? Or go with a combination of smaller speakers and subs, if thats even possible on that budget? I dont mind low end equipment that will get the job done and sound acceptable to the masses. I got kind of overwhelmed looking at different brands, wattages, and prices. Im not sure if any certain brands are really considered junk and not worth looking at. Im looking for some specific suggestions on equipment. Any and all help greatly appreciated. Thanks.