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david423

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Crest?
« on: April 16, 2004, 02:37:45 pm »

Ok, i put this on yesterday and now i can't find it due to the changes, so I will just ask it again. What's up with Crest. I heard that they were real crappy stuff, but you guys seem to talk them up. Also Midas vs Allen and Heath, ive used both and they both did everything i needed. I probably liked the midas better because of the more user friendliness that it had. Also what is the low lown on Peavey. I have seen it slammed many times. I live about 30 miles from their home base. Yes, i know that the sound is not like that of JBL or more high end stuff, but are they good for budget offerings? Durability, that is what i like about them the most. You can drop it two stories on to concrete and most likely be able to pick it up and use it that night. I would just like some professional input on my dumb questions. Thanks.
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Re: Crest?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2004, 03:10:31 pm »

Midas vs Allen and heath, its like a F1 racer vs a volvo.

Midas are very expensive compared to allen and heath. Allen and Heath consoles are very functional and have all the key features for live sound without the 6 digit price tag. Midas prices start at the top of allen and heath and go way up.

Crest fall right in between the two. Slightly higher quality than allen and heath and offer some neat features.

Peavey is considered to be down with the MI gear, targeted at musicians and not techs and engineers.

Durability vs quailty, usually to make something tougher and more fool proof you have to take a big hit in sound quality. Yorkville and peavey both do this alot. Its a trade off. Usually if your going for quailty sound you will baby your gear, but if your just going at it on the weekends, half asleep or drunk your going to want your gear tough and simple.

Then there is just cheap, like behringer. They make gear that sounds just ok and its not very tough. They trade off sound quality and toughness just to make their products cheap.

As a sound tech(I'm not a musician), sound quailty is #1 then comes duablity. Being a student price also comes into it. But here is the way I look at it. Yes I could go do gigs with crap gear and get an ok sound. Or I could turn those down and only take gigs with budget for great gear and get great sound. Thus improving my image as a sound guy. Yes I could go out and buy a cheap system and grab every little crappy gig I can get to pay it off. Or I can take a few gigs here and there with the budget to rent quality gear. At the same time I'm building up my own rig, buying quality gear as I go. So far I have mics, DI's, cables, a snake, a reverb unit, 4 channels of compression and a cheap little board(which is the only thing I wish I didn't buy).
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Re: Crest?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2004, 04:30:43 pm »

ok, that clears a lot up with me. I am a musician and a sound guy. I don't have my own rig, but i work for a smaller rig. We use JBL, Allen and Heath, Presonus, Lexicon, QSC, and Shure just to name a few. One of the guys, is very arrogant and thinks that his opinion is the only one that matters. So i was just asking for some more oppinion. Thanks.

Another question, did peavey buy some part of crest or what. I have heard this, I think and was wondering if you could give me some input on this one.
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Re: Crest?
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2004, 10:53:48 pm »

I'm not sure what Crest components you are referring to here.

Crest consoles are quite functional, and most folks have few major complaints about them. They are not the high end consoles that you see dominate the tour reporting section of trade rags, but you will see them from time to time. Among other things, the power supplies for Crest consoles do enjoy a rather good reputation. All in all, my favorite phrase to describe most Crest consoles, is workhorse gear, meaning that it will get the job done reliably and efficiently.

Crest amplifiers on the other hand, especially due to featuring a design that is falling out of favor with most other amp manufacturers, enjoy an excellent reputation, and are even religiously defended by many. There aren't many who would challenge the audio quality of these amps, but many will complain about their weight, which is due to their somewhat unique design in todays marketplace.

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Karl P(eterson)

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Re: Crest?
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2004, 11:08:21 pm »

Although Peavy does own Crest (something I am not crazy about.... but crest seems to be as good as ever, so im a little less weary now) they are completely different. Crest is a top of the line manu (IMHO) and makes some very good products at many price ranges.... Take there V-12 console for instance... The V-12 48 channel board in the tour pack clocks in right around 65~70 grand and is of a quality level in all ways (build, sonic, support, service and features) that I would feel confident using it for national touring level work. Compare this to your average Peavy buyer who would fall over in convulsions at that price <g>.

Another word about Peavy.... Peavy isn't as bad as some people have made it out to be, they have long been the musicians PA. It didn't normally work great, but it worked well enough, and was affordable enough that bands were able to nail through the ranks and afford to pay for some real people with real gear.

While I wouldn't suggest anyone spend much money on a peavy rig, and I wont be purchasing one myself.... I would much rather walk into a room and see a peavy system than a Behringer one.

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Re: Crest?
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2004, 09:39:56 am »

I'm not sure how to answer what's up or what's the low down. Regarding the one actual question in there... Yes, Peavey did purchase Crest several years ago.

BTW, last time I looked Clinton was more than 30 miles from PV's HQ.

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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2004, 12:41:40 pm »

Yes, clinton is more than 30 miles from peavey's home, but hickory isn't and i lived in hickory longer than i lived in clinton. And i plan on getting out of clinton and going back to Hickory.
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Re: Crest?
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2004, 12:47:00 pm »

Would this by any chance be the JR from Middle Cross?
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2004, 12:08:54 am »

No... I'm JR as in short for John Roberts.

Yes, Hickory is much closer.. It was less than 30 miles from my house (in Hickory) to my old office (in PV hdqrs)... So I'll just assume you lived further out.

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Re: Crest?
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2004, 03:07:17 pm »

david423 wrote on Fri, 16 April 2004 11:37

 What's up with Crest. I heard that they were real crappy stuff,


Heard from who?

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