I need some input here as to experiences with either. I'm driving myself nuts trying to decide which to go with. For a proper set up with crank lifts, I'm looking at the GT st157's (4) and two 6' sections of square tube trussing. That along with the flyware for my two sets of Bag End Crystals puts me fairly close (if not over) $4,000.00. I can purchase two pairs of 6' scaffolding, extentions, outriggers and cover cloths for less than half of that. I estimate the total footprint to be about the same either way.My main reason for leaning towards crank lifts is the ease of getting the speakers in the air. I see they offer an arm mounted pulley system for the scaffolding that can accomplish the same thing.Who is using what and why?
Crank lifts have adjustable height. Scaffolding is constrained by buck size. If you have 6' bucks, then you can do 6, 12, 18, etc, depending on what you rent. I don't know your business model, but what happens if you play a ballroom with 11'8 ceilings?Crank lifts/stands seem to offer more future flexibility, at an added cost. You can always rent scaffold, so try it for a while?
Who is using what and why?
Applied makes a "T" bar with a hanging yoke on it for their L16 lifts. you can hang a speaker on each side and aim them appropriately. The bar is rated for the same weight as the lift, so 500#. You can only hang two speakers from each lift (unless you are hanging speakers under one another), so it has its limitations, but I find that it works really well and couldn't be easier to deploy. Because the "T" only lowers to about 6' off the ground, I stand each speaker on an "On-Stage" WS540s stand (one on each side to maintain balance) to hook it to the hanging bar, so I don't have to hold it there while I'm trying to connect the shackles, thus making it a one man job.
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