So I thought it might be interesting for people to share some thoughts about decisions that have been made in running a rental company that with the benefit of hindsight (maybe just a few months or years later) perhaps do not seem to be the best choice.By way of example, one of the companies I have worked with, at some point in time purchased a batch of around 500 XLR cables and decided that the best location to brand the cable for length and company info would be around the female XLR connector, with several wraps of coloured tape and a sticker. This then became the accepted standard for the shop when all new cable was bought, made or marked up. In hindsight, it would have been better to have standardised on a single band of colour and a label at the MALE end of the cable so it is not so intrusive in general day to day on stage use, especially on shows with IMAG or Broadcast.Other scenarios happen as a business grows over time, perhaps by amalgamating with other companies. I know of one company who has at least half a dozen different styles of audio multipin in use across different multicore systems, and maybe 6 or 8 different styles of cable trunk. In hindsight, it would be nice to standardise on a single style of connector and generic case dimensions as part of the business brand and ensure that everything that is made or purchased conforms to the standard.So whether you run a rental company or perhaps work with several as a freelance technician, what are some of things that you wish would be done differently? Perhaps we can help someone who is making a similar decision to avoid the same mistakes!Neil
On the topic of standardizing, I highly recommend using NL4, four conductor speaker cable in all applications that require NL2 cable. NL4 will work with passive as well as biamped systems. FWIW, A local shop used NL2 with some double 18's subs where each driver was pinned separately, 1+1- and 2+2-. Only one driver in each box got power with the NL2. The mix person pushed the subs when the output was low due to only having 1 driver working and blew the remaining working drivers. JP
Yikes!! All Speakons should be NL4 and wired with 4-wire. Any conceivable cost savings goes out the window when the wrong stuff goes on a job. IMO No "pro" company needs 2-wire for speakers. That is MI world (e.g. 1/4" on speakers)..Limit the menu! Plan for the future when you are not an owner/operator. Make things hard to get wrong.
I definitely agree on the NL4. We use breakouts to feed subs if/when we need to, but NONE of our speakon is "NL2". That has disaster written all over it.
I disagree. Put NL4s on your 4-conductor cable. Put NL2s on your 2-C. They look and feel different. Anyone who doesn't immediately see the diff when picking up a cable should not be wiring things.
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