this comment is two fold. 1, last night was the first night I was 'stumped' by a console (Yamaha ls9). Lol I couldn't figure out the system in the 10-15 min I had. Thankfully the house iPod was running, and I just patched the presonus studio live console into that input on the houses FOH setup. Not so much embarrassing as, 'damn that's I sweet console, I missed a chance..." By not knowing. But what got me thinking was begginning on recording, guitar, and live sound, you (almost) always start with both the crappiest out of intonnation intsruments, crappy rooms, and no skills. The better rooms this band is booking, with the better gear, makes my job actually easier, and I get more $? I wish, especially in the case of instruments, that they're was more attention to quality. I've played more tha. A few entry level guitars as an experienced player, that I could barely make a note on. Small crappy clubs you can't change much. But cheap recording gear is the same. Ive grown to realize that the gear goes right along with your experience and does matter. While it may have inspired my obsession with improvement, it's also very frustrating sometimes, and has probably turned more than one person off.