Well, the big corp people would fly one of their project managers in for a site visit. So, having someone local either report on the room or go see them in person would be prudent.Hotels are definitely notoriously hard to work with. If you're not using *their* AV, then they don't have much motivation to help the outside vendor. However, they should be able to answer power questions easily. In regards to trim heights-- do you mean actual ceiling height, or where your PA/truss is going to trim at? Ceiling heights should be readily available. Typically, you can pop onto a venue's website and find details including room dimensions. But, power's not usually as easily available. As the project team, I'd somewhat expect you to dictate (based on coverage and the ceiling height) the PA/truss trim height. Tell them what you're gonna do. Re the foh/cam risers-- Might be worth buying a couple of decks and having them on the truck with you. That way, you never worry about having them available!-Ray
I'd rather locally rent low-value, high mass items than truck them across the country. Renting decks, camera risers etc from the in house company can build a bit of good will that may come in handy later.
This is true... however, to *ensure* quality, availability, etc, unless you already have a trusted vendor in the city (both Scott and the client are new to this adventure) carrying it is the best bet. You're right in that it's going to be expensive (weight wise) but with a already well loaded 53 footer? Negligible increase. And with staging decks $75-$100 per 4x8 (in my neck of the woods) this tour will pay for half or more of the purchase cost, should he have taken that route!-Ray
As someone who works AV in hotels, I will say that I have always found it more beneficial to advance a show with outside AV - I get to know the WX freqs they're using, what power is being used, and maybe help some cool people with items they forgot or beed supplemented.We all need to eat, but the table is bog enough.I say call the AV crew at the other locations and see if they can help you out with specifics for trim height, etc.Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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