1. avatar rentaghost
    where is the best place to buy new PA speakers?
  2. avatar unplugged
    speak to john in bairds

    90351358
  3. avatar feline1
    ...and then order the ones you like best from http://www.studiospares.com or http://www.thomann.de for about 60% of the price :lol:
  4. avatar Pete
    Studiospares? Are you kidding? I've always found them to be the most expensive of the big retailers, and their postage costs to Northern Ireland are insane.

    Most local shops should be able to get very close to internet prices these days. And I'll agree that Jon in Bairds knows his stuff when it comes to PA.
  5. avatar rentaghost
    well the good news is i might be getting a grant for equipment, and top of my wishlist is a set of speakers for the front half of the cafe so I can control the sound better.

    control
    control
    control
    :smt075
  6. avatar Ciaran
    [quote:137df4d0a5="Pete"]Studiospares? Are you kidding? I've always found them to be the most expensive of the big retailers, and their postage costs to Northern Ireland are insane.

    [b:137df4d0a5]Most local shops should be able to get very close to internet prices these days[/b:137df4d0a5]. And I'll agree that Jon in Bairds knows his stuff when it comes to PA.[/quote:137df4d0a5]

    Still yet to see it...
  7. avatar rentaghost
    i'm quite prepared to bat my eyelashes and haggle.
    Then I could play the 'helping starving children' charity card.
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  8. avatar MSB Mastering
    [quote:3c1072f99d]...and then order the ones you like best from http://www.studiospares.com or http://www.thomann.de for about 60% of the price [/quote:3c1072f99d]

    ...and decimate your local retail sector so that you can't buy a set of strings before a gig and have to get a courier to bring them over from Germany. The reason I try to buy locally is because shops such as Bairds offer a service which shops like Thomann are unlikely to be able to match. If you try to get a good relationship with a retailer, you'll find them to be more sympathetic when it comes to returns etc. etc.
  9. avatar Pete
    Well I have never had any problems getting a decent cash price from any of them. You'll never get all the way down, but then you don't need to pay postage, you get to audition the equipment before buying it and then you have a local point of contact to deal with any problems that may arise rather than have to deal with couriers and returns.
  10. avatar Pete
    Darrell makes a good point about supporting local business too.
  11. avatar rentaghost
    [quote:df1687a181="Pete"] then you have a local point of contact to deal with any problems that may arise rather than have to deal with couriers and returns.[/quote:df1687a181]

    yes. i like this idea.
  12. avatar Cugel
    Bairds are grand. John is very helpful and knows his stuff. My latest guitar was bought there and at internet price.
  13. avatar Ciaran
    To be honest, I've been lucky in that I've never had to buy anything much locally, since I always had a source to get the stuff much cheaper, even if it was the likes of Thomann, I've never had a problem with them. Mind you, it's much easier now that I live in Germany. Though if your ordering enough stuff (I think it's over 30 quid with Thomann) it's free delivery.

    I've always been able to get stuff from the States, and thus save a fortune, I bought a Musicman Stingrayy HH last week for a 1000 euros. I'd never have got this sort of price anywhere locally, plus, when I order something like a new guitar or whatever, I always make sure to get a pile of strings thrown in, all for feck all.

    Believe it or not, I bought my old PA in America too, shipped it home and still saved money on the price of it in NI.

    But anyway, like I said, I've just been lucky in that regard.
  14. avatar Pete
    Have you been paying customs and VAT on all that US bought stuff though?

    US made equipment bought from the States can be much cheaper, even when you pay the relevant import taxs, but buying european made gear from US retailers is usually the same price.

    Plus with stuff bought from the US the warranty is for the US only.
  15. avatar Ciaran
    Nope, never paid the relevant fees.

    Dunno about the European stuff, I bought my Warwick Corvette in the States and it was only 500 quid.

    True about the warranty, but I've never needed to use it thankfully.
  16. avatar feline1
    look if ewes will go living in a backwater like NornIrond what do ewe expect from retailers?

    Anyways, I'd rather have a courier bring me some PA speakers than have to carry them home on the bus myself from Bairds...
  17. avatar Pete
    Yeah, but carrying them on the bus to gigs must be a pain in that ass anyway.
  18. avatar oxo
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: