Really? Is it that hard, to figure out how to set up microphones, amps, and monitors? Is feedback considered a form of artistic expression? We as a band spend 6 hours a week rehearsing. We have a playlist of over a hundred songs gig ready, and another 20 we are working on. We sound balanced and even in rehearsal, everyone tweaks their amps down as we are in a small building and can overwhelm ourselves easily. We get in performance, and spend 45 minutes on the mic check and sound check. Everything sounds decent, so we take a break, then are ready on the downbeat of whatever time we contracted for. It is all good until about the 4th song, then begins the death spiral. Somebody feels like they can't hear themselves, so they crank up their amp a notch. That affects someone else, so they crank up. Then everyone else feels like they are not being heard, so they crank up. Tonight our sound guy told us after about the 8th song, he had the mains and monitors dead, that all the audience heard was the amps. The horns aren't micced, as we don't need it. Matter of fact, we play about half in the stands to cut our volume, so we don't overwhelm and bleed into everyone else's mics. Tonight 4 different groups sat down at the nearest table to us, and had to move because it was so loud. After putting in so much effort to get everything right, it just kills my soul when our biggest problems are self inflicted.