Hi-end Gear rental....

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by therecordingart, Aug 6, 2005.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Hey everyone...I'm looking for places that I could rent an API 3124 or a Neve clone from. I want to start experimenting with nice pres before making the plunge because I want to make sure the debt will be worth it for me at this point.

    Does anyone know any companies either in Illinois or that will ship out of state?
  2. Digger

    Digger Guest

    This is where it comes in handy to have good relationships with a good high end retailer. I recently conducted a pretty massive mic test using over 20 microphones ranging anywhere in price from $300 to $7000 (the recordings will soon be released to this group). I had quite a few of the mics already in my posession but I still needed to 'borrow' about 12 or 13 mics to complete my testing. I have a pretty good relationship with John Haber at Alto Music and I told him what I was doing. He was cool with it as long as I covered shipping.

    I also borrowed some mics off of the guys at Vintage King where I had no relationship. I was also upfront about what I was trying to do. Both retailers knew that I might not end up buying anything. The key was being able to give them a credit card to secure the value of the mics.

    I can't guarantee that you will be able to do this with every retailer but I would start looking for someone that A) has the items you are looking for in stock and B) is willing to work with you. Other than that I have never rented gear before but if you live in a decent sized city, you should be able to find someone who rents. Hope that helps, thanks.

  3. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    i know i'm off topic and cranky as usual... but

    hi-end is really expensive hi-fi gear....

    what you're talking about is pro audio gear....

    you behringer stuff is semi-pro or pro-sumer...

    just to clear things up.... and to make communication smoother :)

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