I've been trying to read a lot, and I apologize ahead of time because I'm sure this comes up a lot and I know some of my questions will seem dumb. First of all, I am completely stupid when it comes to PA systems having never used one (I've always been an amp player, never got the chance to play anywhere nice enough to use a good PA). The band I am with has some opportunities to play nicer places with bigger crowds and the PA they have now isn't gonna cut it. It's always been a vocal-only PA, which consists of an 800W PA (I think it's a Behringer), two monitors (I think 400W each), and two towers (250W each, I think). No subs. Nothing fancy at all. And up until this point it's only carried 3 microphones because everyone has been amp-only. Now we are looking at upgrading to a better, bigger unit. And I'd like to have some information, at least some basics, and was hoping you could give suggestions because nobody in the group has much experience with PA's beyond vocals. What we will be running for instruments; Full band. Four guitars, bass, drums. Four microphones. Guitars are 3 electric, one acoustic with a pickup. Music focus is primarily country western and older rock, emphasis on vocals and guitars, but it needs to carry the bass as well. Venues it would be used in; medium to smallish-large sized clubs and outdoor venues (gazebo type performances at town parks, not football stadiums). We are pooling our money as a group (6 people), but we don't actually have a budget yet. I would think somewhere between $1K and $2K as a group is fairly do-able for everyone. Please help me with suggestions on what to look for and what not to look for. Any information you can give me, no matter how simple it seems to you, is probably something I don't know.