Most of my FOH work is at or near charity level. Some jobs are no charge, others I charge very little. Once or twice a year I might make a few hundred on an FOH job. I have no mains or monitors - don't have the space to store them, haul them, and since I basically don't get paid for this stuff I can't justify the cost. If I need them, the client rents them. Most of the gear in my kit was bought for recording work. I have one small rack of stuff just for FOH work. A&H Mixwizard 16:2dx 100' 16x3 snake Art graphic EQs Presonus ACP88 compressor SM58s SM57s (1) Senn e865 (1) Beyer M300 An assortment of SDCs The LDCs usually stay home unless I'm recording the show. Most of what I do is acoustic music - bluegrass, girl singers, folk singers, celtic, etc. One of the concerts series I work which relies very heavily on my piece of the puzzle will occasionally drop a check in my hat with the understanding that I will use it to improve my system. I think they're going to send a check my way soon, so my question is ... how to I use the money so it will best benefit my FOH kit? The last check they gave me went to help buy the Presonus compressor. I don't know of any additional hardware I should buy - the one thing that comes to mind would be an effects unit, but the A&H has some built-in basics that seem to get the job done. The first thing that comes to mind for me is some better vocal mics. I do a lot of female vocalists, and if they come toting mics it's usually a Beta87. So I'm thinking maybe a Beta57 or two would compliment my collection. Recently heard a woman using a Beta58 and like the sound of that mic as well. The Senn works well on male vocals, but often doesn't fit female voices well. So, for a basic FOH kit, do I spend my "bonus" on mics, or is there some bit of hardware I should consider that would make my job easier? Anything that would benefit my recording work in as well as my FOH jobs gets extra credit.