Sorry for the long title I have a pretty good sound system at least IMHO and I mix for bands probably 3 times a month. I also play out 2 times a month in my band. I personally don't like loud bands anymore and when I mix I am a control freak meaning I want as much control as possible over the bands signal coming off the stage. I am currently mixing an 11 piece horn band with 5 brass. They are loud directly out front but otherwise a very good volume to control and they pay well so I work with their front volume. Ok this weekend I mixed an amazing tribute band (no names here). The venue was small and I knew it was going to be painful. Guitar player had a marshal with 4 x 12"s cabinet. Drummer had a huge kit including double kick. It was all I could do to keep the vocals, acoustic guitar and keyboard above the drum/guitar threshold. Management constantly came to me telling me to turn it down. Which of course I couldn't do. I felt I did a good job and I must have because they offered me another gig today. So my dilemma is they are just to loud for me personally. My thought is to ask them to turn the guitar amp around and ask the drummer to get a shield otherwise no go. Opinions would be very welcome. P.S. My ears are still ringing.