Speaking of live equipment. Last Saturday I played with my '70's tribute band. The sound system was being operated by the same person that does the stage monitoring for Carrie Underwood. Huge system for the venue. We all use in ear monitors and there are no amps on stage. We play to a click/metronome.
It's always a welcome sigh of relief to play the mandolin in an open air Bluegrass group.
"I love the smell of my mandolin in the morning. The smell, you know ... that varnish smell. Smells like victory."