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  1. rickryan.com

    Site Visits

    I noticed there were several diesel Sprinters in the 150k range, currently listed for a few thousand. Don't know anything about the reliability on those units but personally, I'd love the extra height. The cargo van has absolutely changed my perspective on hauling DJ gear.
  2. rickryan.com

    Out of Curiosity

    I debated about black vs white casing on my lights. I ended up going with the white. Very happy with the decision and the white finish looks sleek and elegant. Of course that's just my opinion. Yours may be different.
  3. rickryan.com

    Out of Curiosity

    No offense, but this is talking out both sides of your mouth. "Cheap" isn't the issue. "Does it work well" is the issue. There are cheap lights that do the job, cheap mics and cheap speakers, all that can and will do the job adequately. In my own case, I chose to spring for more expensive QSC...
  4. rickryan.com

    Site Visits

    BTW, there are several sprinter vans listed at govdeals.com
  5. rickryan.com

    Site Visits

    I hauled a trailer around for several years, then upgraded to a small, passenger van. Finally went ahead and sprung for a cargo van ($5k, 140k miles, 2008) and can't imagine using anything else. It's so much better, not having to lift things in/out of the vehicle. I pull up, drop a ramp, then...
  6. rickryan.com

    Par suggestions

    I've had a bunch of slimpar56s and your're right, they're just not that bright. Several of us are using chinese, 9X18 fixtures. They are HONKING bright.
  7. rickryan.com

    Do you post awards in your footer?

    See my edit above.
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    Do you post awards in your footer?

    That's not me/us. EDIT: Oops, that is us. I'd forgotten about it but I originally setup a separate WW account, which I intended to use for the photography side of the biz. I spoke with my account rep. and they let me change categories on the main page, which has the biggest number of reviews...
  9. rickryan.com

    Site Visits

    An hour away, no, I won't do a site survey. If it's close in, I take it as a site survey is almost guaranteed to be a booking AND it gives me the chance to get eye-to-eye and get a good read on the prospect.
  10. rickryan.com

    Just found out about a wedding on Thursday June 25th, 2020.

    Why are there 20 responses to a non-gig, that Mix likely won't even get?
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    Just found out about a wedding on Thursday June 25th, 2020.

    Raise your rates. I really feel you (and your partner) deserve a full $300 on this one.
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    Do you post awards in your footer?

    If you mean overall, I believe my count is something around 125 reviews (are we looking at the same page?). Honestly, I don't remember the review counts on particular years, nor do I track those kinds of details closely (to my shame). All I can tell you is my perception of the pattern of the way...
  13. rickryan.com

    Ditch the Laptop

    If you're having to manually move files, it'd be a PITA to keep that thing updated. The real question is whether they have incremental updates implemented and I'm betting not. In my current case, I use 2 laptops and an external USB hard drive. I have a robocopy script on the primary unit which...
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    Do you post awards in your footer?

    I'll have to agree with him (sorry). As a WW advertiser for about 10 years and a TK advertiser for 2-3 years, it's been my observation that they give these awards to advertisers or people they're trying to bait into becoming advertisers. I had a couple of years, when I was buying advertising...
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    Ditch the Laptop

    I wonder how you update the mp3 library?
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    Do you post awards in your footer?

    Did you guys ever get the emails where some trophy-maker would offer to sell you their acrylic "award" trophy? It's funny now but at the time I'd take that pic and post it to my website, right alongside all the fake Weddingwire "awards" that they pass out to their paid clients. Some girls seemed...
  17. rickryan.com

    Need a favor this morning

    Thank you, Hank. Very kind of you.
  18. rickryan.com

    Ad strategy

    Yes, there are times where your lack of price will work against you. It's not typical to see that very often, at least right out of the gate. Sounds like you gave him an honest answer. No, the $2k wasn't ripping him off, he just has more experience than you do and (quite likely) a more polished...
  19. rickryan.com

    Generators - again

    I'm talking about the issue of someone taking a factory-built unit and modifying it. I don't know many people who can actually increase reliability. They'll more often muck it up. Well, maybe I should speak only for myself on this point.
  20. rickryan.com

    Ad strategy

    For freebie ads, Craigslist can turn up leads, especially at a newbie price point. Not sure what market you're in, but I'd say in most areas, offering to do a wedding for $400-$500 will get a lot of girls to give you a chance, even without the credentials you get from experience (pics, reviews...
  21. rickryan.com

    Ad strategy

    Thanks. I'll try scanning the local group and try the PM method you mentioned.
  22. rickryan.com

    Generators - again

    If you're modifying the Honda, seems to me you're negating the famed reliability factor.
  23. rickryan.com

    Ad strategy

    Our says no ads from us scummy vendors.............. There's also only 327 members. I started my own marketplace group, but it also isn't that big yet.
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    Generators - again

    The Powerhorse is also rated at 57db. I too, have noticed the Hondas get fairly loud when power requirements rise. I like the EU2000, but the runtime is what scares me. Never had one run out of gas before but it's just cutting things a bit close for comfort.
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    Wireless mics

    If you did weddings, it might be worth having a discussion.
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