Why Hire Us?
Consultants and Music Stores really don't know what they're doing in
Consultants have academic experience not real world experience. They
rarely re-visit a customer after the work is completed to see if
their design worked or the customer is happy with the result.
I could pile up all of the equipment needed in the center of the
room and most consultants couldn't put it all together in a safe and
working condition. There has been so many jobs we've been called in
to fix and we look at it and go "why did they do this?" and it's
because that's the way the consultant spec'd it.
Music Stores are even worse. How long does someone work at a store?
Not very long. Typically, it's an entry level job. Stores are
heavily restricted in the products they sell. Manufacturers of audio
equipment have 3 levels of gear: M.I. (musical instrument), Pro
& Commercial. The music stores can only sell that company's M.I.
line. M.I. products just aren't good enough to do the job.
We won't sell or use a piece of equipment that performs poorly. Do
music stores follow that philosophy? No, they'll sell any piece of
junk made. Consultants will (and do) spec equipment they've never
seen or used.
This whole field of "Design/ Build" is gaining acceptance today. We
see it in freeways, bridges and all kinds of construction. You need
people who do the work with years of experience and know which way
is up. We don't sell something just because we get the best mark up
on it. We design a system based on our experience and your needs.
Is a professional sound system too expensive? No. Pro gear generally
runs just slightly higher than M.I. gear but will perform far better
and outlast the other by many years. We get zero service calls. We
do get called back to a client's facility to replace a mic that was
stolen or things like that but other than 2 amplifier failures in
the last 21 years, zero.
Frequently we demo equipment for the potential client at the
client's facility. That way the client(s) gets to see, hear, touch
and use the equipment before purchase. Total cost? Zero. If a
company wants to charge you for a demo, walk away.
Use a company that cares about what they do and check out their
Many, many times we've done a sound system for a church. Then
they'll call us back and want us to do a system for their social
hall. That's how we know we've done it right.
Everyone says everything's made in China these days but most of my
installs are all American: power from Surge-X, mics from Earthworks,
amps from Ashly or Powersoft, speakers from Danley & Innovox,
mixers from APB and DSP by Symetrix. It can be done and done well.
MAP (Minimum Advertised
Price) MAP is something done by the audio equipment manufacturer's
that protects small companies like ours from the internet sellers.
It means (for example) you can't get a mic cheaper on the internet
than you can from us. If a company doesn't respect MAP they get
dropped as a dealer.
Angie's List & Yelp are NOT really here to help
us, they are here to make money. The tip off is they are ".com" not
".org". The idea that there is a communal referral list is great
idea but these companies have underlying motives. The Better
Business Bureau is close to the same thing. All of them want
companies to pay for their listings.