I am getting older and find myself leaving the bar/club scene, and leaving the full band behind. I have been doing more and more acoustic sets as of late and the old PA system has about had it! I am looking to upgrade everything starting with speakers first. I think powered is the way to go just for simplicity reasons, and have been leaning towards the Mackies or JBLs I have searched some past posts and everyone seems to have mixed feelings on both, but both seem like they would do the job well. I want something that has better sound quality as opposed to being super loud. Any advice on monitors? Powered or un powered?....... probably just two would suffice. Next would be mixers.... Usually when we play out, we have two guitarists, and 3 vocalists. I figure any rack mount 8-16 channel mixer will do, and have been looking at anything from Ashley, to Mackie, AH, and Soundcraft. Any suggestions/thoughts with either? I realize this is a pretty general and open post, but I really am looking for suggestions and maybe some brands that I might have over looked. Also I would like to keep the whole system under 3000 grand. I already have mics, stands, effects, blah blah blah....... so I am strickly looking at mixers, speakers, and monitors. Thanks!