Playing in an originals band in an area I'm new to, and I'm a little worried about the lack of serious soundchecks at the venues we're playing. The SGs have consistently been badly positioned to offer any advice and asking the gfs for advice on levels is hopeless. So all our shows start with the levels out of whack and finish that way. Our last gig my roommate told me afterwards that the vocals were too loud. I'm at a loss for how that could even happen. Of all the possible sound issues, vocals too loud seems impossible. Granted, I trust my girlfriend's musical taste more than my roommate's. His musical feats have gotten me to post in bass humor... Any tricks for finding good levels in these settings. I figure my amp louder than sounds like a good mix to me. But I'm wondering if anybody else has any good ideas. Drag musician friends to shows and buy them a beer in exchange for some mixing advice?