I've been playing in a classic rock band called The Timber Merchants for a little over 10 years. We put the band together when we were still at university (everyone except me went to Cambridge), and we've maintained a slow but steady run of gigs every year since, despite us being spread around the UK and having jobs, families, etc. There's been a fair share of friction between band members at different times (mostly between myself and the keyboard player) but we've done some great gigs and it's been a good excuse to get together and spend time with friends. The bass player and the singer are two of my closest friends, and I'm married to the drummer! This weekend we played a wedding gig, and it went well. But despite earning about 3 times what I'd often expect to earn with other bands, we barely broke even. We spent 5 hours unloading and setting up before we even got to line check (I'd unloaded and set up my guitar rig and the drum kit within the first 30 minutes), and it took 3 hours to de-rig after the show (again, I'd packed away my rig and the drum kit in less than half an hour). It's ridiculous, and seems to take longer every gig. So this morning I've contacted the guys and said that that I feel it's time to call it a day. Either our next gig (at the end of March - our only definite future booking) is our last gig, or it's my last gig. I hate having to make decisions like this, but I feel still playing in this band is actively hurting my playing career.