Just a little rant (not trying to sound like a wimp here). After our show tonight in CT, a few of us went out with friends of ours to what would have been a really nice joint were it not for the volume. Band actually pretty tight. Singing/rhythm guitar girl really good-getting it done. Keys, bass player and guitarist supporting her. the problem: The drummer was using sticks that looked like oak logs and just destroying everything. As a result, the band is cranked--in a flat-ceilinged, tiny room. I had my serious plugs in and was still being assaulted. Empty dance floor, and the band is kind of heckling the crowd ("what is this, the no-dancing zone?") No, you idiots, it's because no one can or is willing to get close to you. fail. :scowl: I've played theaters at half this volume. This actually leads me to a question: if you are playing a small room, what do your drummers do to keep things reasonable (if they are competent and paying attention, that is)? Use a shield? Use lighter sticks/brushes?