There may not be a solution to this problem, but I can't be alone... I run our sound from stage, and we now have gear that really works for us. We're a party/cover band with bass, guitar, drums and vocals. Running the sound has fallen to me because I have the most experience with it and I care the most when it isn't done right. Our gigs almost always start at 9pm at bar/restaurants that have a dinner service going while we load in; there is almost never enough time for an adequate sound check, but I can usually make adjustments during the first couple of songs. My biggest problem is that we can't ring out the system to avoid feedback. Last night I put my foot down and just started to do it, but the guys in the band got really anxious about it saying that the club owner would get pissed and not hire us again. Not having the system tuned properly at the beginning of the night makes the entire gig stressful for me. Any strategies for getting a PA set up and tuned when you've got dinner/bar service in the room with no time for ringing out, etc.? I'd love to hear it. I'd prefer to ring the system out myself, but I have toyed with the idea of a "feedback destroyer" type device, as we will probably never have the right amount of time to get it set up properly on the front end. I realize these things aren't ideal, but I don't know what else to do. --Steve P.S. We run a stereo monitor mix and the FOH speakers are large 2x15 cabs. We are not super loud as a band; lately to keep the stage volume down we run everything through the house: guitar cab mic, bass DI, 3 vocal mixs, and 4 drum mics. My main problem during the evening is keeping the lead singer's vox loud in the mix.