The portion in Bold is what spawned this discussion.
quote:Originally posted by Scooder:
Chuck...My 5 piece band uses 2 L1s for most of our shows, and for most venues, it's plenty loud enough. We play primarily rock/country music at bar/grill establishments with audiences between 100-300 people and the L1s (classics) have no problem putting out sufficient volume. Our guitars & bass go through their own amps, so we use the L1's primarily to drive the vocals and one acoustic guitar. We occasionally play with an electronic drum kit (when space is limited), and this too goes through the L1s (two B1s each)and produces sufficient volume. The e-drums sometimes push the system pretty hard though, when we've cranked it up (which we do on occasion). Generally speaking, audiences seem to want to hear the music without being blown out, and the bose system allows you to keep lower levels while dispersing the sound throughout the room (kinda sounds like a bose commercial), but the Bose folks are on to something with the L1. Go figure.
My band also has a traditional P/A setup (mixing console, amps, stacks, bass bins, etc.) that we use for larger venues, but we try to avoid this where possible. There's one large reception hall in our area that has a room about 85` X 260' where the audiences sometimes get in the 400-500 range that the two L1s just won't cover (volume wise), so we use the "traditional PA" at ths venue. There's usually a large gap between the band and the audience, and it's not just the dance floor.
We have our "regulars" in the audience that have heard us using both the L1 set up and the "traditional" set up. Virtually every time we play with the L1 set up, I hear at least one comment from an audience member about how clear the sound was. I never hear this when we use the traditional system, so we (and the audience) prefer the bose system.
It doesn't look like you would have a volume issue based on your audience estimates. The mobility factor of the bose system is huge. I can fit our entire system (with my guitars and amp) in my 4 door sedan, with room for lighting gear to boot. I occasionally use a vox pedalboard much like the Pod XT Live for smaller clubs (space issues) and the tone is almost as good as my guitar amp, so I'd think your guitarist could get by with the Pod XT Live and may be glad he/she is not having to lug around a heavy amp.
Playing with other bands might be a bit of a challenge as the Bose system takes some time to get used to, but it's worth the effort. A good compromise might be to go with 2 L1s and run them off a mixing console, that way the system would feel a little more natural to the opening acts, and you'd probably have enough inputs to minimize the set-up tasks in between bands.
The key to the L1s (as Ric & Cliff pointed out) is using decent mics (I'm assuming you're using a proper close micing technique). We have an arsenal of various vocal mics (SM 57&58s, Beta 58&87, EV 967s, and Audix OM-7s). We prefer the EV 967s, they're incredibly feedback resistant and sound good with little to no tweaking. The Audix OM-7 is a feedback-limiting monster (our drummer uses one sitting literally 1 foot in front of one of the L1s with no feedback issues), but is a very difficult mic to dial-in. (I'd love to have a tonematch preset for this mic from Bose).