I'm just about fed up with dealing with inadequate sound techs at small bars and venues. Not only has the sound been extremely crappy on majority of occasions, but the attitude of most of them is just ridiculous. This past Saturday We played a gig at a local bar that we've played multiple times in the past and in the past the sound was ok. This time there was a new sound guy. He was pissed off from the first minute we walked in. He had his gear and cable bins all laying across the back of this TINY stage. I politely asked " can I please move this bin over to the side so I can place my amp on the backline" He grunted and walked away saying "do whatever you want...its only MY stage". Unbelievable. The entire night we played people in the crowd were complaining they couldn't hear keys, vocals, guitars etc. All night long was the exact same problem. I went out into the crowd while were playing and literally the sound was by far the worst mix ive ever heard. THis guy was either deaf or intentionally making us sound like garbage. There's no way someone can produce that poor of a mix. No guitars were in the mix at all, stage volume was very low so that wasn't the issue. He never even attempted to bump up a solo. Very embarrassing for us to have to explain to our fans and new people hearing us for the first time. People literally saw my mouth moving and no sound coming through speakers. Ive been convinced for years now that we need our own sound tech at venues, but its a lot easier said than done. Most placed are very weird about another tech using their gear. We even have our own board for in ears that we can tap into their FOH and run from our own board. Some places, especially summer fests constantly give us a hard time. Do I have to offer these guys a huge tip before the show and bribe them into caring a little. I know this has been discussed many times over but if anyone has any advice I'm all ears.