Yea Tim, I agree. The thumps (tops and subs) are not very good sounding speakers.I have also found that micing up the toms makes a world of difference. The problem many entry level bar bands have is that they don't have enough channels, don't have gates (or know how to use them), and don't have enough or the right kind of microphones to mic the toms well.It is has also been hard for me to get a drummer that can control their volume in smaller venues. A drummer can overwhelm even a venue of ~250 with too much cymbal and rim-shot snare hits. I had a drummer I used to call wood chuck because at the end of every practice and gig, there was a pile of wood chips all around his kit from all the rim shots (he had big ole gorilla arms too).To the OP. Coming from thumps, any of the proposed speakers will be a night and day improvement.
The problem many entry level bar bands have is that they don't have enough channels
I find a telltale giveaway for amateur bands is not micing the toms. You want to create 'heft' and having a beefy kick and distant toms goes in the wrong direction. The snare usually cuts better and if the drummer hits hard and/or plays rim shots on every hit, the toms have no way of keeping up dynamically.
Lack of space to haul gear. Rent a 4x8 Uhaul. Costs $15 and can be towed by almost anything. Less limitation on gear choices.
That's funny because I find a tell tale sign of an amateur engineer is micing all the drums when just kick, snare and overhead, or sometimes even just kick and overhead is correct for the venue.I just bought a brand new 5 x 8 trailer for $2000. Less than a lot of guitar amps. A lot of it it is priorities among musicians. My Fender Twin is in the storage, because I can take out a $270 Roland Cube that weighs 20 lbs to my band's gigs because I've got the PA to run it through. Some of the guys who hire me to do sound have $10,000 worth of guitars on stage and they tell me the wish they could afford a nice PA. Why does a guy in a bar level band need to switch between 6 guitars through out the night? I carry one guitar to play, one small amp, and bring along a guitar that never comes out of the case just in case I would break a string early in the set. It has yet to make an appearance on stage.Band's getting $400-500 to play, they're giving me $300 of it and the two guitar players each have Marshall stacks in a room with 150 people. Poor choices in priorities.
Starting a small business with insufficient capital is the number one reason for failure. Second is a business plan. Using a U-Haul is not a viable plan and doesn't speak of any professionalism to your clients. It's fine if it's a hobby shop but not for a serious business trying to compete.
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