Whilst reading through the comments on the thread 'People Ripping Bands Off', I was going to ask a question but then decided my question warranted a 'thread on it's own'. We have had a few debates over the years about what standard of band should we put out when deps are required. Of course, everytime you perform you want the band to maintain it' high standard, but when you balance the cost of deps to the engagement fee, should you accept putting out a 'sub-standard' band in order to generate income, or should you maintain your high standard no matter what the cost? About a year ago, it was proposed that for 'some' engagements we could perhaps manage without a full band if the cost of deps would 'eat' into most of the income. Sounds reasonable, however, for 'some' this can be a stressful situation. What programme do you deliver if you haven't got your usual players/full band? If the band does not play to it's usual standard, will this affect future, potential engagements? This is a very difficult question, I believe, especially for bands that do struggle financially. Of course, you want to sound the best you can on any engagement, but you also have the problem of putting out a band for little or no income. I thought a poll might be interesting, as I know quite a few of you do not voice your opinions but do take part in polls. But I would appreciate some comments too.