Starting an audio production hire company from the ground up is not easy, if it wasn't for the technical support, product knowledge and general great service from Smithys Pa and Stage Gear I would not have the business I have today.
This advice and product knowledge has proven to be priceless over the years not only making my work day easier but extending through to my clients experiencing a better service and event delivery.
This doesn't just stop at product purchases, when cash flow has been tight, Smithys has given support in repairing and trouble shooting equipment issues to get us over the line to continue trading through to the next wave of events.
Smithys has typically supported us on events such as, Lights of Christmas , Sydney Smooth Chocolate Festival, Musica Viva Chamber Music Festival, Cool Yule, Sydney Timber Boat festival, Naidoc Hyde Park and Variety Santa Fun Run are just a few to mention.
When we buy products, I like to actually look at them, touch them, receive advise and be guided in the right direction and this is why I highly recommend Smithy's Pa and Stage Gear.
I occasionally hire the Rocks Rhythm Boat for my 10-piece Zappa covers band, Petulant Frenzy. The logistics of the day can be a nightmare: A long, uneven lug, a treacherous stairway onto the deck, then 2 1/2 hours to assemble the PA, plug in 33 live mics, cat-herd my bandmates, and squeeze in a soundcheck if we're lucky. I'd used a few PA hire/operators in the past, until I realised old mate Pete Astley hired and operated production. I've called on his services 3 times to date, and I have no plans to reconsider. Not only does he supply brilliant gear (those RCF subs, top boxes and wedges sound beautiful), and not only does he manage to get us up and running in record time every time, and not only does the sound he pulls receive glowing reviews from the punters (never a single criticism, and that's an extreme rarity), but he and Liam do the whole shebang with smiles, bad jokes, patience and control. I'm a fan, and so is the rest of my band.
After years of frustration hiring equipment, I have finally found a company that makes the process easy. Smithys has everything I need for a live show in one place. I pull up the van, gear goes in, all done no fuss.
I have never had a dodgy cable from Smithys but if I ever do I know there is always a spare. The equipment is packed in such a way that setup is alway very easy (no hunting through crates for power cables or adapters). I always have confidence that no little bit of kit has been forgotten which keeps my stress level way down.
Nothing is ever too difficult for the friendly staff. I highly recommend Smithys!
Thank you for your sterling efforts with the PA hire at the Chamber’s Lunar New Year event
last weekend. As usual your flexibility in meeting the short notice requirements of the
performers proved to be a vital part of ensuring the event proceeded smoothly.
We really appreciated your patience in dealing with the language difficulties which arose
thus ensuring that the day was a success.
We look forward to using your firm at future events.
"APRA AMCOS have benefited from the excellent service, products and pricing that Smithys have provided, since 2013.
We stage small to medium events that require (more often than not), a basic vocal PA to reinforce the sound.
The hire gear is always in good condition and easy to use.
The attention to detail with regards to the cable management, is a feature which we count on, especially when deploying multiple systems across a site.
Every speaker cable, power cord and power board is tied together and bundled in a way, that the pure novice can set-up.
The gear is very reasonably priced, which allows us to remain within tight budgets.
Through my rental experience with Smithys, I have since ended-up purchasing a few essential items as well!
Pete is helpful, knowledgeable and a gentleman to deal with."