I play in a four piece "top 40, etc..." band and by keeping it lean I'm able to pay pretty well while keeping our asking price pretty low ($500-700). I'm thinking about a hard press: 1. Add keys 2. Morph current band OR create new that is more narrowly focused on "era" or "in the style of" 3. Mandatory / regular rehearsals Goal would be bigger / better rooms, audience, money. This would take: 1. Finding right keys player 2. Big addition / revamp of setlst 3. More money invested (additional lights, rehearsal, give up a large portion of my cut in the beginning) 4. More commitment from current mates, if not new mates 5. If things work probably longer travel times 6. Willing to drop venues and give up gigs during transition to better pay I think it's time but I'm nervous. I'm sort of in "run the engine" mode right now for the summer but people are coming to me for bookings, complacency is the death of good bands and I feel like it's prime time to up my game. I look at this as an investment of time, energy and out of pocket money to prep a project for MY future (thinking casino gigs, theatre for tribute-ish / originals, festivals, wedding/corporate) and eventually maybe opening a full fledged booking/sound business.