I was wondering what people's thoughts are on hiring subs for gigs. I lead a quartet with a standard 4 guys (including me), and I can usually book any date fairly certain that on any given night at least 3 of us can do it. Even in an absolute worst-case scenario I could grab 3 totally different guys and get it covered.
But I wonder how much the integrity/vibe of the group suffers if I get subs for 2 or more players. The flip side, of course, is that even if I'm hiring a lot more subs, the group could play out more, and the band name/identity of the band would keep going even if I'm the only original guy on that particular night. Bandleaders, what are your thoughts on subbing out multiple players?