switching gear during set = dead time. Something we try to avoid as much as possible. Set up another stand. simple and considerate.
Yeah, I've seen a decent number of local bands do the whole switching instruments thing. My band (except me) does it on a few songs too. I find it rather annoying. When I see bands do this, I either think A) someone doesn't know how to play the part on their instrument, or B) they're trying to show the crowd (who couldn't give half a crap about that stuff) that they're super awesome, and can play guitar, as well as bass (soooo impressive). Just a bumbling, pointless waste of time if you ask me.I think it only works when very polished bands do this, it doesn't feel like a delay, it feels like a change of pace in the show.
I play with a band that likes to do the Chinese fire drill thing on the instruments. On a good night it's a minor inconvenience and a very unprofessional delay to the gig on a bad night.