So - a little background I have a Blues Band - called Bad JuJu This is the 4th year on the go - we are guys with day jobs, so we don't gig as much as many, but more than some - maybe 50 X a year. We play mostly 100-150/Man shows in rooms that are pretty common - most of them fun, and have no visions of touring, CD's or fame. Just glad to have friends out, meet new people, and play some fun blues Rock - get some people dancing, and have some people listen, enjoy etc. So far - not too bad. We have had many guitar/singer guys go through the stiles, some just didn't fit, a couple it was just not good, and some are in and out to help cover when regulars are unable to make it. The original front/Tele guy (VERY Albert Collins like) took a promotion and moved away, rather than fold the band, I have worked people through it, so its more of a "brotherhood" kind of thing than just four guys (which would be my preference) which is just how it has turned out. This year - our goal was to achieve good room volume, starting with stage volume. Since we play many places with vocal only PA (maybe some kick) the first thing I offered to do was purchase a smaller cab. I figured it was a good investment so I bought a used Schroeder mini 12 here and honestly it has loudness potential I never expected, so I have to make a conscious effort to keep it dialed down. so far - that has been good for the most part. I have other cabs, and use either the Shuttle 6.0 or Portaflex500 in most cases. The Drummer uses bundles in a lot of our rooms and sticks when it is right. Old drummer BEAT the Living Hell out of his kit and no matter how hard we tried, he played his kit as loud as he could and beamed with happiness - no matter how much it hurt peoples ears. He doesn't live here anymore - hence new drummer. Guitar guy who "WAS" in the band up to a year ago, left to play with Loud Drummer, because he felt I was too controlling, constantly asking him to turn down - to which he would reply Eff-you. They don't live here no more, and aren't working much either. I can't figure that one out........ So last Oct 29th was the first show with the new ensemble, and so far, for the most part it has been pretty good. Guitar guy one has a 18 watt crate palomino which works well, and number two has a 12 watt clapton deluxe. They are both very capable amps, and we mic them when needed, or to put in monitors. Most rooms, we use a 2x600 Peavey powered mixer and two JBL 12" monitors for tops, and two 12" monitors on the floor - and its good. In a couple of smaller rooms, we use one 12" top. In a couple of bigger ones, we use 15" JBL tops, and one sub (18" carvin). We use that for a lot of outside shows too. I think we are going to run with 12" Jbls and a Sub in a couple of rooms too, because they seem to work well together. When we use the sub, I also DI into the PA just to fatten it up a little. We are actually in a slow spot for now, which isn't bad, it is giving us a chance to tighten up some material, and add a little bit of new material. Besides, the rest is welcomed too. We are finding that better stage volume is letting us really put out much more dynamic performances, and no ringing at the end of the night. Just Curious.... Has anyone else found that controlling your volume has improved your success - considering you are playing - and the music is good, and fits the venues? Edit - addition I guess the reason I posted this is.....this year, we are really working on improving the volume - starting with the stage and it feels great. The playing feels like it has improved, along with quality of sound. This was all due to a push from guitar guy no. 1 and I honestly can't thank him enough. It is hard to realize how loud you are sometimes, and without him on htis as the Sound Sheriff, I don't think we would be moving in this direction. its been a real eye opener.