Back story: Guitarist and I meet via the mens hockey team we played on. Like me he had taken about 10 years off from music and was ready to jump back into a gigging situation. We immediately hook up with a talented singer and a drummer. Guitarist and I start buying pa gear he buys a power amp and some speakers I buy a power amp, mixer and 2 monitors (I already had effects). So were ready to gig. 1st gig we use POS house PA and Guitarist invites his friend and former sound man to mix while we play. He does a good job with what he had and we welcome him onboard as our sound guy he gets and equal cut which is more than fair. New sound guy buys a ton of gear (as he wants to make a business out of it again) but we get priority -again very cool. Now the conflict - he brings everything under the sun and setup and breakdown is done by the band and it takes an hour and a half of hard work. We dont need 4 community cabs, 6 eaw monitors, 32 channel snake into 32 channel board, 2 racks of amps/sound gear and the drums completely miced for a 3 piece cover band playing in a medium sized room (its a bar). Its overkill. Many of you probably wish you had this problem and will tell me to get over it, but we stopped at 1:30am. I had no chance to talk with anyone who came to see us and wasnt done loading the van till 3:15. This is every gig. Guitarist defends this. His point is we want to be big and command more money so we need to sound as good as possible every gig no matter what. When I suggest scaling back sound guy smiles and shakes his head but just bring more the next gig. Guitarist has been privatly telling him to bring whatever he wants... Now our drummer has quit saying that the gear situation is ridiculous. How can we attract a new drummer with these criteria? Play 1 maybe 2 times a month. Practice 1-2 times a week Split rent at studio ($380/month) (gigs cover this, but just barely) Load a ton of sound gear in/out at every gig. Somethings gotta give. No one will sign on for that not even a drummer.