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  1. Yes, the great British gutter press never let the truth get in the way of a good story, and if there isn't one, they'll make one up. :devil:
  2. I like the idea but it does appear hideously expensive for Numark build quality. If I'd designed it, there would have been balanced XLR mic inputs fitted, a universal card reader, iPod dock and usb input on the top where the screen is. so you can plug a thumb drive in without difficulty. I'd also have a laptop style screen as a lid for the unit, instead of the eye straining apology for a screen they have fitted, now that would be worth buying.
  3. A clear sign of things to come I'm afraid :fear:
  4. £100 on NYE is bordering on the ridiculous, to put it into perspective, I dry hired out a couple of gemini decks, an amp and cheapish speakers on NYE for much more than that figure, anything under £250 is well under priced on NYE in my opinion, even down the local. Getting back on topic regarding survival strategy for the coming year, I'm hoping to keep my prices at current levels, but I expect I will need tol be offering more in terms of the quality of the shows I provide i.e. I will probably include what were once 'extras' into the show for free.
  5. Main PA 4 x Mackie SA1521 4 x SWA1501 4 x Ohm BR12S 2 x Eurolive B215A 2 x LD Systems LDPN15's Amps 2 x QSC 1450 2 x Numark Dimension 4 Wharfedale SPX 815 Mixer amp Playout Denon HD2500 + DN X900 + CDN88 CDN88 + CM200 CDN88 + CM200 USB Lighting 1 x Laser World 500w RGB laser D 2 x Martin MX10 Extreme 8 x MX4 4 x CX4 4 x Acrobats 2 x Synchrozap 1 x Wizard D 2 x Raptor 2 x Ego 5 2 x Ego 2 1 x 3000w Atomic strobe 1 x Xenon 50 Strobe D 2 x Abstract Twister 4 HP 2 x Abstract Moonscans D 1 x 400w UV Canon + 2' & 4' caged tubes
  6. NO, I try not to play them before either if I can help it.
  7. Absolutely awful, easily the worst to date
  8. Pretty much the same for me, I cater for all budgets
  9. I left confirming a NYE booking, expecting to get a better rate nearer the night, but that's backfired on me and to top it all off, I've just had a 'Budget Dry Hire' cancel their NYE hire, it's getting bad out there.
  10. Just as the title says, I need a Martin EGO hanging bracket, as far as I know, they're all the same, also I'm still looking for a 'Detonator' for the Martin Atomic strobe.
  11. I consider mental stress to be MUCH more dangerous than working long hours is on its own, I think working long hours is often a result of other factors. For example, being under pressure due to debt is more dangerous to health, than working long hours to pay it off is. Frequently, people will bury themselves in their work to avoid facing relationship problems at home, the list is endless. Stress can show itself in many ways but anyone experiencing anxiety, inability to focus on the task in hand, sleeplessness, panic attacks, racing heart beats, chest pains or jaw ache in times of stress should
  12. It's not quite what you're asking for, but if you do a soul-motown-60's sort of set you could use the classic talkovers of the time, Time is Tight and Green Onions, both by Booker T & the MG's, they might work with what you're doing anyway.
  13. You can safely replace them with 'high tensile steel' bolts of a similar size which are available from car spares shops, DIY stores and good ironmongers. Generally speaking, any bolt with a fine thread will be made of high tensile steel, but any bolt is better than no bolt at all. Any small engineering shop will be able to make you some , but the cost may be a bit OTT
  14. I went over to actives a year or so ago and I would never go back, I started off with Wharfedale 15'' upgraded to JBL's and then on up to Ohm BR series pro kit (which I thought was fantastic) and then on to Mackie 'Super Actives', they're big and they're heavy but they do sound absolutley awesome. It all depends on the size and type of gigs you do really and if you have a roadie or not tongue out icon If I was starting again I'd get a pair of sa1530's, a pair of swa1801 Subs plus a pair of 450's for the little gigs and those up fire exits you could take on pretty much anything up to a 6-700
  15. Mackie SA1521 are fantastic sounding speakers and you won't need bass bins for general use unless you are playing very large venues or dance events. I'm doing a student Christmas party next week I will use a pair of 1521's and I don't think I'll bother setting up the 1501 active bins. Although I'll have them in the van 'just in case', but they're they're just not needed usually.
  16. The 'school disco' events I've been to, and done myself, have played a mix of 70% 80's and 30% 'party music' but the age group and how well the things you are playing are going down will dictate the choice of tracks
  17. Here's a u-tube video of it if you've not spotted it yet, U-TUBE I wouldn't worry about the lack of a fan, it's so relatively low powered it doesn't need cooling in normal use. Also considering the type of display it gives, I don't think the lack of sound to light would be much of a problem, it does have quite a bit of manual control. The huge spread of this effect would make it useful to light the ceiling or as a backdrop behind you
  18. The first thing that needs doing is to do is make the site search engine friendly, at the moment it has no meta tags at all, and therefore it's essentially invisible to the search engines, so no one will find it. The web building software that has been used (350.com) has the facility to add the meta content, so it should be a simple task to correct this omission. TIP if you visit the home page of the sites that come out top in google, using the search terms you would like to be found using then 'right click' and 'view source' you will see the meta content they have used (which has obviously w
  19. I'm still getting them, just cleared 21 that have appeared in the last 24 hours, my ISP (BT) does manage to keep them out of my main mail box and filter then into the 'spam folder' though. The odd ones get through but nothing to cause a problem, I delete all spam without exception, it was much worse a couple of years ago.
  20. disco4hire

    Slow Tracks

    It hasn't dissapeared, it's HERE
  21. Here's half a dozen I use regularly Don't Leave me This Way - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes If You Don't Know Me By Know- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes You're All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell When Will I See You Again - Three Degrees When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge Do That To Me One More Time - Captain & Tennille
  22. Here's the top dozen from my 60's playlist; Boy From New York City - Ad Libs Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs Hang On Sloopy - McCoys Itchycoo Park - Small Faces Lightnin' Strikes - Lou Christie Summer in the City - Lovin Spoonfull Mony Mony - Tommy James & the Shondells Soul Man - Sam & Dave Got to Get You into My Life - Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers Ain't Nothing But a Houseparty - The Showstoppers Natural Born Boogie - Humble Pie 96 Tears - Question Mark & The Mysterians They're not all dancers, but they go down well with the
  23. Try cleaning the lens first, before going to the trouble and expense of replacing it, a bit of meths on a Q bud usually works.
  24. In my opinion for the price, they're fantastic, I've got several pairs in my budget hire stock. Look at it this way: if you buy a pair you will have no problem for a year as they're still under gaurantee. If you keep them in good cosmetic condition and sell them on before the gaurantee expires you will get back well over half the price you paid, therefore the cost of ownership of a decent, new, 800W PA works out at around £2.50 or a pint of ale a week. I wouldn't lose too much sleep over it
  25. If my budget was £300 ish I would buy THESE, an active 800W PA, with a years guarantee for £329 (inc delivery) is a real bargain.
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