Facades

DJ Bobcat

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One could argue that using a facade is being less lazy than someone who does not use one. It is one more item to put in vehicle, load into venue, set up, tear down, pack away, and load back out of the venue.

My older brother does not like using a facade, and even does not want to use a table top facade because it's one more thing he has to bring. Although, he does admit he should have at least a table top facade for the appeal. ...He keeps saying it's the next thing he is buying, but he has been saying that for basically a year now, LOL. When he is ready to spend the $160 or so for a grundorf facade and carry case, he will pull the trigger and order one I guess, lol
I think most 4 panel facades take a bit of effort, but maybe not as much effort as it would take to make the wires plugged into your rack look attractive.

I’m the REAL lazy one because my Facade is a single hinged 45” by 36” panel, so takes maybe 30 seconds to attach to my rack, and I do NO cable management on the back of my rack.


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azdeejay

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Gotta agree with @djtaso on this... using a facade has nothing to do with being lazy. Before I built my facade, I used a cloth banner to drop from my tabletop to the floor in order to cover the back of my rolling rack. There’s really not a lot you can do to make electrical cords and audio cables plugged into patch panels on the rear of your rack look good. Mine were never messy, there’s just a bunch of ‘em. The banner was OK, but the facade is much better.
That is great , and I am standing by what I said, ;), I feel that for some , it may make them less willing to have proper cable management, so thus, making one lazy, or is that working smarter than harder, and here is the kicker, I don't even care that much to be honest, I was just making a comment in passing .

You are right, there is only so much that we can do to hide the cables, and I would like to think that 99% of our clients understand that wires/cables are just a part of it. We are getting closer to being able to go truly wireless, but still have a ways to go.
 
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azdeejay

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One could argue that using a facade is being less lazy than someone who does not use one. It is one more item to put in vehicle, load into venue, set up, tear down, pack away, and load back out of the venue.
Or one could argue that using facade is working smarter not harder, I cant see how that is less lazy, proper cable management is going to take more time and effort that transporting a facade,( one might think that ) I mean we can spilt the difference and call it wash and both require the same amount of work ;)😆
 

DJ Ricky B

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I am whole heartedly a table top facade advocate ...The only time I don't use one is because I am in a venue where they supplied a 4 foot table, or I have no choice but to use my 4 foot table, and my table top facades don't fit a 4 foot. BUT ...I could purchase a 4 foot table top facade for $119.95 for those rare situations as well. It happens like once a year though. ...Or I could purchase the Rockville Facade for $144.95, and that is large enough for a 4 foot table to sit behind easily. Would need to order an extra panel if using a 6 foot table, but a 4 to 5 foot table, that facade would work fine with. ...Now you got me thinking about buying another facade or table top facade...Thanks a lot! I'm going to bed before I start browsing and looking at facades again.
 

djcrazychris

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I know tabletop facades are probably much easier to set up and transport...thats understandable...but man...nothing beats the look of a full sized facade...cept maybe the podium style taso uses... but id personally still stick with a facade... that way i dont have to wear pants

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steve149

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Remember, hiding cables behind a facade IS cable management ...
 
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DJ Bobcat

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... there is only so much that we can do to hide the cables, and I would like to think that 99% of our clients understand that wires/cables are just a part of it...
Not sure what the percentage is. Probably NOT 99%. I used to think people were OK with the rather industrial look of my setup, but eventually understood that what is often tolerated by the client, would still not be their preference if given another option. If you’re hidden in a corner, it’s very different than if your booth is front-and-center. Having a facade just cleans the look up just a little more, and it takes very little effort.


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steve149

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I don't think customers really are that concerned with cables (unless there is a LOT of them) .. but they do appreciate "neat and clean".
 

azdeejay

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Not sure what the percentage is. Probably NOT 99%. I used to think people were OK with the rather industrial look of my setup, but eventually understood that what is often tolerated by the client, would still not be their preference if given another option. If you’re hidden in a corner, it’s very different than if your booth is front-and-center. Having a facade just cleans the look up just a little more, and it takes very little effort.


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I pulled that percentage outa my rear end, I really have no idea, but I am sure a large chunk do not care, and I will agree that yes, facades do clean the look up a fair amount for very little effort, which makes them worth the investment in the time saved from having to make the cables neat.
 
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azdeejay

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I don't think customers really are that concerned with cables (unless there is a LOT of them) .. but they do appreciate "neat and clean".
I think you might be more on the correct side with this statement, I really think that its us disc jock's that care more about cable managanement and not having one cable visable then the clients might care ( thats like all the they talk about on all the Facebook DJ groups) , neat and clean, not a rats nest.
 
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DJ Ricky B

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You are correct. However, high end wedding planners will care how it looks. The bride and groom don't particularly care about a few wires, but they will notice if cords are all over the place, and it looks totally unorganized.

A bride who spends $400 on their DJ won't think much about it. A bride who spends $1,500 on their DJ will be more likely to pay some attention to how the set up looks. They won't be nearly as picky as some DJs get with it though.