we have a guitarist who has spent years building his dream rig it consists of 2 Dr. Z SRV 65 watt heads (in stereo) 1 Dr. Z 40 watt JAZZ combo (for clean sounds) 2 mesa boogie 1 12 cabs 2 pedal boards loaded with boutique pedals his rig reeks of self-indulgent, middle-aged weekend warrior... our band wants to gig soon. i made a comment about his set up i asked him if he had a contingency plan in a typical gig scenario. i asked him what he would do if a soundman only gave him one mic and not three; what would he do? i explained that chances are, he might get 5 minutes for a soundcheck and one mic in most situations. i have even seen gigs where if you are sharing the stage with other bands, you might not even be able to use your amp. i suggested he scale down to one amp and one board. simplicity is good IMO. not to mention carrying around 10000 in gear in a honda fit to a gig is a recipe for theft and W.H.Y i have not played a lot of gigs, but i am comfortable playing thru anything and always ready to go to plan B or C. the irony is that he has played hundreds of gigs back in the day but has been out of the game for years; he should know this. he spends more time fiddling with his personal mix at practice more than he plays-i shudder to think what would happen under the gun and if anyone would even take us seriously.i cannot imagine a pro doing what he does (not that we are pros, but it is still good to present yourself as one) i will admit, he has one helluva glorious tone, but i have also heard him play thru a fender deluxe reverb and sound just as good. am i correct in my assumptions, or are soundmen more flexible than this? he says he cannot scale down. i told him that rig would bring him down one day when it matters most.