I’m with Howifeel in that I too will never, ever play Freebird again. Over the years, I have always tried to stay out of the sound man’s way when we had one and tried to stay away from the board when we needed one, but invariably, one must broaden one’s horizons. I am very old school in my approach to sound. Much like a house, you can buy a brand new one, move in ready, or you can buy a fixer upper. I chose the latter.
A while back, I bought a couple of Peavey cabinets and yanked out the old speakers, horns and x-overs and put in new ones, and even re-covered them in the process. They are 500 wts. per side. I also have two wedge floor monitors that I use as backups and some Hotspots take their place. I put some top hats in the wedges so they mount on stands/poles.
A few months ago, one of our subs died mid-gig and I needed one fast. I found a guy on Craig’s who was selling a lot of PA gear and he had two Seismic Audio 18" subs. I know what you’re thinking, and it was the same thing I was thinking. He hooked them up and I had to admit, they sounded pretty decent. The price was super right, so along with a few other items, I brought them home. Two days later, they exploded…you were thinking it right? Seriously, two days later, I hooked them up at the next gig and was surprised they held their own. The subs are still rolling right along and also serve as backup since they each have a satellite amp that can power the backup cabinets in a pinch.
Recently I purchased a Behringer X Air XR16 Digital Mixer to replace a Mackie mixer that bit the dust. I have an analog backup just in case. This is my first foray into digital mixing, but the capabilities are way cool and. I love it so far. Power is a Behringer EP4000. Soon the cabinets will give way to powered, lighter ones.