My first reaction is that I can't justify that kind of pricing when a 55" TV is selling for $300 at walmart. Yes I realize I'm providing interconnects and cabling to connect to source, but it just seems too high for a smaller TV screen. LED wall, sure. Projector, maybe.
There's more to the cost than just the display.Take your two $300 screens. (I'd want to get something 5-6 hundred bucks, but hey, whatevs)- Add two professional floor stands to your purchase, and those can be up to $1,000 each- Add cases - a single display case, custom built, can be up to $750; a dual case $1,250.Now your two $300 displays are running $3,800 for the pair. And then there's cabling. SDI cable to do it well. Black Magic or AJA SDI to HDMI adapter boxes. Add another couple hundred bucks per display. So now you're over $4k for the two displays. Makes a $400-$500 each rental rate a bit more logical? -Ray
...The product is the show, the tools just need to work.I had a tech ask me why I put $300 lights in a $500 case. After you buy three sets of lights because they get destroyed shoving them in a canvas bag. Plus rolling up, opening the case, lifting the bars out, it's a more professional experience and repeatable....
this.I"ve a friend with a Sound Co. in the area that has ATA style road cases for his ultimate speaker stands. Cases were DEFINITELY more expensive than the contents. But his stands still look brand new after years of use. And most importantly, we're not pulling broken stands out of the bag on site and trying to figure out how we're gonna put up 8 speakers with 5 stands....
There's more to the cost than just the display.Take your two $300 screens. (I'd want to get something 5-6 hundred bucks, but hey, whatevs)So now you're over $4k for the two displays. Makes a $400-$500 each rental rate a bit more logical? -Ray
Ray is so spot on with this. It's not always the gear. If the want a TV they can go buy one and toss it after the gig, let's see how far they get with that.The product is the show, the tools just need to work.I had a tech ask me why I put $300 lights in a $500 case. After you buy three sets of lights because they get destroyed shoving them in a canvas bag. Plus rolling up, opening the case, lifting the bars out, it's a more professional experience and repeatable.Transportation, maintenance and storage are all variables that have to be factored into total cost of ownership of an item.
I'm trying to get there. Currently we have a good number of 'totes' from Lowes. I'm slowly working my way toward an all flight case solution for ease/efficiency.Could someone expand on the label scheme? Why is this necessary? What are you labeling? That they are yours? The length? The type?Can't people look at cables and know what type of cable and guess at the length, or is it more efficient to have them labeled in all aspects?
Who uses which labeling scheme most?1. [name of company, phone of company, type of cable, length]or2. [name of company, type of cable, length]or3. [type of cable, length]or4. [length]
Haha I didn't mean I had $300 screens! I have $250 screens haha just kidding.I got them on sale, but yeah $600 or $700 a couple years ago, now more like $450 these days. But I have a case ~$500 and HDMI/VGA over Cat6/7 ~$200. Trussing was going to be the stand, but still thats a ~$50 mount, ~$20 in clamps, ~$400 stick of truss, ~$200 base plate. So say $2000 total each.My point was that the customer is going to say to me: "why are we paying for $500 TV when I can buy one on BF for $300 at walmart?"
Trucking costs a huge amount to drop gear off to shows where it was forgotten/arrived broken, and can't be billed back to the client. Between maintenance, gas, a driver, and parking (sometimes), the average driver drop will run $150-200. If you have to have an extra truck head down to even 10% of the shows a company does in a year because of gear that doesn't work, you're looking at a HUGE amount of money that a good road case will save.
Not to mention the delays in setup while we all wait for the truck to arrive with whatever bit got left behind or arrived broken.Even worse is when it holds the whole load in up. Nothing like telling lighting that they can't fly out their truss yet because i'm missing a flying frame for my center fill speaker that i'm hanging on his truss.
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