I like to share an experience with you and am interested in yours! We get asked to provide the backline for multi-band gigs usually. In the beginning of our "band-career" we did this to a certain point - sharing the basic drums, bass and guitar cabinets. In almost all situations, it ends up in at least one of the following situations: - Something went missing afterwards (wires, screws etc) - Other musicians do not ask but simply use - Other musicians stand outside smoking/chatting while you load/unload the backline for them all. In case you ask help, you get pissed answers - The gear is used in a wrong/destructive way - mainly because of point #2 In case a backline is provided by any other party, it usually ends up in: - the provided information states "Bass amplifier is available". There is no further information to get - is it a combo? a fridge? no-one knows and it seems that noone cares to share this information, because bass-amp==bass-amp. With my Ashdown cabinets, I had no problem with sharing the cabinet. Since I have fEARfuls (which I built myself) I really honor the (material) value of this stack. I shared it once with another band. The guy got the driver hot because he played with a massively clipped signal. He didnt care although I told him 3-4 times through the gig. I was about to shut down his amp to protect my cabinets, but they finished their set before I was about to. I told him afterwards to touch the woofers and explained to him what exactly happened. You could hear the clipping in the room (quite nasty) but after all his answer was "crap cabs, never had that with my ampeg 4x10 and 1x18". That was the point where I decided to keep my backline for myself. The cabinets are worth 800 euros each plus the emotional value because I built them myself. Our drummer is on the same path - he plays a 5000 drum kit and everytime we share something, a piece of the gear got missing. Problem is now, with us sharing nothing anymore it is (at least for me) quite understandable that other bands won't share with us, too. That's not good for small gigs, because you cannot flip over the complete backline including drums in a bar. With all our experience we decided to go that route and skip a gig if not possible otherwise in order to keep our equipment in shape. I imagine that more bands are faced with this kind of problems?! I am curious in how other bands handling this. I want to add that we do share some gear with bands that we got to know personally in the area.