OK so my band and i have been discussing practicing and playing less loud at shows. We hope to save our hearing a bit and increase sound quality at live preformances. first off we play kinda bluegrass, jam band, funk, rock, reggae so we're not a LOUD metal band or anything but we still tend to go off and get LOUD at times. fyi we have drums, bass, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin/guitar. during practice i don't see much of a problem. it may not be as fun at times but still cool. one problem that always seems to happen is during live shows no one can hear themsleves so they just keep creeping up and before you know it everyone is full tilt. one show we played with a sound guy who ended up having to kill th stage speakers and we ended up just on our amps also i'm always thinking that being too quiet at live shows will be boring and people will leave but being too loud will drive em nuts and make em leave. now this isn't usually a problem when we have a sound guy...but we do our own sound at a lot of shows. anyway anyone have any advice on getting a smooth sound that's still liud enough to get people moving their butts?