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Renting Equipment?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Shimmi, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. Shimmi


    Jan 28, 2015
    Playing a smaller venue next month and trying to figure out which route to go. Living in Wisconsin was just going to rent through guitar center.

    Anyone have good or bad experiences with this? or any advice on renting equipment?

    I'm not looking spent thousands on purchases so hoping renting is reasonable.

    I have a few friends offering to rent me a setup but its super overkill for the bar we're playing. Not lugging 4 cabs lol
  2. Oddly

    Oddly Unofficial TalkBass Cartographer! Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I don't know how big those 4 cabs are, but it's better to have too much power and keep it turned down than not have enough.

    I used to run a sound hire place and every single time bands went cheap they weren't happy and almost always came back for a bigger rig next time out.
  3. wizerd


    Jan 5, 2012
    Prone to ranting, episodes of moral outrage.
    Rented a 2x10 Fender Rumble 500 W combo (V2) for a gig for forty bucks once. Plenty of power and filled up the bar nicely. In retrospect I probably should have bought that rig and played more and obsessed about gear less. Back on point, a 300 - 500 W rig from GC should do nicely and not break the bank. Happy playing.
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  4. Shimmi


    Jan 28, 2015
    I've had experiences loading overkill equipment into a smaller establishment and just felt like an *******. Plus sometimes grounding issues and customers complaining about taking up space and too loud. Yes you can turn down but sometimes its still overbearing depending on seating. Also I'm not getting paid for this(just beer) so looking to do least amount of lifting possible as that is what I hate most about shows is setting up and tearing down.
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  5. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    A backline company will do better than you local music store. BL companies base their reputation on well maintained product.
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  6. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    What is it you think you’re going to need to rent above and beyond what you already have/own?
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  7. Shimmi


    Jan 28, 2015
    I sold my 2 cabs a while back when my band broke up. Now I'm working with a 50 watt peavy microbass amp
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  8. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Ah, so backline, not PA stuff?

    Don't see why renting a 300-500W rig temporarily wouldn't work for you.
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  9. Shimmi


    Jan 28, 2015
    Had an alto set, could use it but has grounding issues idk I just figured renting new equipment would work best for everyone. Small gig and just looking to get a small upgrade sufficient for 30-70 crowd. Maybe more but doubtful, don't want to blow ear drums but hoping to be loud enough for bar to hear.
  10. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize!

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    I haven't done it often, but I have always had good luck renting. I have often thought for the "once a month" gigger, renting makes more sense than buying. But the hassle of picking up and taking back the gear turns me off. But for a once in a while thing, it can be worth it.

    Note: It is quite often almost as cheap to rent by the week rather than day.
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  11. Omega Monkey

    Omega Monkey

    Mar 8, 2015
    Are you renting a bass rig or a PA? The question has come up and you haven't answered it definitively either way yet.

    If you have decent selection on craigslist, I would try to buy an actual bass rig between now and then if that's what you need. Or find one here/ebay/reverb. If you're in Wisconsin, that makes Chicago area "local pickup" listings more or less feasible (if you have the time and vehicle to go pick them up). There are LOTS of very affordable gig worthy options these as most bassists are technology crazy and balk at any amp that weighs more than a large joint and won't fit in their watch pocket of their jeans. So ALL of this glorious gear from companies like SWR, Trace, Genz Benz (their heavier offerings), GK, and more are available dirt cheap for the level of performance they offer. You can easily put together a smokin bass rig suitable for anything up to medium/large clubs for about $600-700 or less (sample rig, GK 700RB and SWR Goliath 4x10). That's a bigger initial outlay than renting, for sure, but when you weigh that against say, 10-15 gigs (plus numerous rehearsal and playing at home in between and having something whenever you want it and not worrying about GC hours/prices/availability, etc...) unless you play very rarely, it makes more sense to buy.

    PA wise might be different. A usable PA costs a lot of money to get going (probably $1000+ even going used), and you're less likely to use that as frequently as a bass rig. So that cost benefit analysis may very well work out quite differently. Then again, rental prices on speakers (GC usually goes with K12s and the like) can add up fast (like $70 a piece). Amps and smaller items are cheaper.

    If you need a snake, make ABSOLUTELY sure you know what you need and what you are getting. The number and type of returns is likely to be critical to making everything play nice together.

    In my opinion, renting works best to fill in gaps in what you already have or if you really just need something for a 1 time thing and don't expect to need PA gear for a long time, and the cost is worth it one way or another (ie a high paying gig or important show).
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  12. When I worked for a sound company, our slogan was "Cheap sound isnt good. Good sound isnt cheap!".

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  13. Shimmi


    Jan 28, 2015
    Both. I'm more of a "weekend warrior" I don't play full time this is more of a one time comeback and based off this performance we want to see if we want to keep it up or not. So not looking to make any purchase just a rental to get the job done. Although I have been very tempted lately as almost every pawn shop has bass rigs $400 cheaper than what they should be.

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