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    Shure SM-58's are very nice, but you can certainly get by with something cheaper. I have a mid priced Radio Shack mike (around $30), and it sounds almost as good as an M-58. If you are using a combo amp, which should be fine in a small venue, make sure you have a mike with a high impedance jack to plug into the amp.
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    A few months ago, my friend's PA pooped out at a pub gig we were duoing. And it's a pretty noisy pub.

    So we shouted. And got plenty of tips. And paid. And invited back.

    I'm like you: a soft voice. But shouting is shouting, regardless.

    For most small-club acoustic gigs and open mics (or un-mics), amplification is over-done and over-rated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    . . . So we shouted. And got plenty of tips. And paid. And invited back. . .
    Probably not a coincidence. The crowd probably appreciated the lower volume so they could have a conversation with the person next to them without having to struggle to hear over a loud PA. For those of us that play out a lot, this is probably good advice to turn it down.
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    I've actually tipped people performing with a suggestion to turn it down!! I hand them the money and say "This is how much it's worth to me and my friends for you to turn it down. You play and sing well, but we didn't come to a concert, we came to catch up on each other's lives. So here's $20 to bring it down for a while. Thanks!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grassdog View Post
    Probably not a coincidence. The crowd probably appreciated the lower volume so they could have a conversation with the person next to them without having to struggle to hear over a loud PA. For those of us that play out a lot, this is probably good advice to turn it down.

    So true

    In my years of mixing all kinds of bands in myriad different circumstances - hardly ever someone comes to me asking "Turn the volume up."
    More often there is the case, that the band is performing in smallish venue - and no matter how I try to tell them - they play too loud.
    I end up keeping most of the channels muted trying to make vocal and solos audible.
    Makes all the sense bringing 24-channel board and setting up 22 microphones and ending using one mic . . .
    Fortunately most of my clients are not like that - but I've been there - and it is quite embarrassing, when there's nothing one can do and people think it's me who's lunatically cranking volume up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuuska View Post
    people think it's me who's lunatically cranking volume up.
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