I have a unique perspective having been out of the music business since 1992 and recently returning. I marvel at all the modern equipment that seems to be prevalent with todays musicians. Got me to thinking about what we pieced together to make a working road band way back when; Strap lock was a guitar pick split down the middle with a hole drilled with a dull pocket knife. Stage lighting were big coffee cans painted black. Thankfully we knew a welder that made us primitive trusses. Very proud of the "snake" made from loads of "acquired" wiring. Hoping not to get shocked when I got near the microphone. Monitors were re-purposed stereo speakers. The four big empty cabinets on stage to make us appear to have a "real" PA system. Ohhhhh.... How I miss the old days (not).