Hey gang, Time for some brain pickin'...I have been doing my own research and have kinda narrowed down the focus, so now it's time to call in the help of the knowledgeable reinforcements (you folks I play in a rock/blues band; mix of originals and covers. Usually 2 guitars, me on bass, acoustic drums and 2-3 vocal mics; sometimes we are joined by a keyboard player and/or a third guitarist and more vocal mics. We practice/play in a small room right now with the potential of a pub tour and/or backyard parties on the horizon. We run all instruments through their own amps and have been using a Yamaha Stagepas 300 PA for the vocals. We played to our first 'live' audience on the weekend and we are finding that since none of our drummers seem to have a 'quieter' setting (or at least choose not to use it) the vocals are getting lost in the mix (both live and recorded). We record all our rehearsals through one room mic hung from the ceiling which goes into our interface/laptop. We have lately been taping 2 mics together for the main vocalist which seems to help a bit but not enough. We desire a 'better' vocal layer and since GAS runs rampant through most of our group the discussion of upgrading the PA has come to light... The shortlist we have come up with (in no particular order)... 1)Yamaha STAGEPAS 600I (680W) Yamaha STAGEPAS 600I 680W Portable PA System 2)Fender Audio Passport Venue (600W) Fender Audio Passport Venue 3)Peavey Escort 6000 Portable PA System (600W) Peavey Escort 6000 Portable PA System 600 Watts So the long and short is we are looking for feedback from folks that have used these systems, we want to hear about the likes and dislikes, good features, weak features, overall impressions...would you by yours again? If not why? Any other comparable set-ups that we have not considered are also welcome. Thanks for taking the time. Cheers!