Sound equipment is pretty expensive, especially if you want the very best of the best, which means that if you want to have really high end, effective and quality equipment for your big day, corporate event or even a music festival, to buy everything you need will probably set you back many, many thousands.
If you run many events every single year, or the same type of event frequently, then investing in your own kit is probably a good idea, as this is probably the one occasion where rental will probably not work for you or be the most cost effective option. If you know what you are doing and you know the equipment you need is not really going to change depending on the event, then buying is the correct way forward, as you will get your money back within the course of a few events.
But, if you only run a couple of events every year or the type of event you hold changes frequently, renting or hiring your sound equipment is probably the best route for you to go down, as it means that you can get the right equipment, rather than just making do with something that might not be quite right for the occasion. For example, the sound equipment you will want to use for a wedding is going to be much different from the equipment you will be wanting to use at a large music festival, yet, having the right equipment to cover both types of events is easier when you hire it in, as you will get what you need when and as you need it.
When you work with a sound equipment hire company or employ them to take care of your requirements for an event, the really good ones will often offer packages that can be tailored to suit your exact requirements. The more successful hire companies will usually offer a range equipment rental packages that cover a wide variety of different events and venue, meaning that if you need some sound equipment for a wedding or a large music festival, there should be a package that will suit your needs, or a flexible package in place that will incorporate the equipment you need.
There are also other advantages when it comes to hiring rather than buying, and these include not having to store the equipment in between events, which can be costly if you need to rent a self storage unit or can add to a crammed work space if you need to store it where you work. You will also be able to take advantage of expert knowledge when you hire the equipment, as if you use a decent sound equipment hire company, they can quickly tell you what you need and the right setup for your event, which means you will get the correct sound equipment every time.
Many firms will also come along and install the equipment for you as well, some will do this as part of their package but some may charge extra, but getting everything installed, set up and tested will be a weight off your mind and one less job to worry about. And of course at the end of the event, they will come along, pack up and take everything away, leaving you to think about the next event and how successful the latest one has been. When you are organizing an event, whether that is a wedding, business function or an all day long festival, there is so much to take care of that having a professional sound equipment hire company on your side is something to cherish, as you are hiring them for so many reasons, not just the equipment.
So, rather than investing thousands on kit you may never use again, think about hiring the equipment in, as not only is it often more cost effective but you could end up getting a much better deal than you could have imagined, especially if you spend the time hunting around for the right company at the right price.
AFO Audio have supplied this article, a PA Hire and Sound Equipment Hire company in Bristol, offering a wide range of sound equipment for hire all over the South West.