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Rental Places in New York Condenser Microphones
Old 21st September 2005
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Rental Places in New York

Does anyone know a place in New York that rents mics or pres? I'd like to start being more selective in my "sluttiness" (less "doh!" and more "aha!"), and rent stuff to try it out before buying.

I've heard of places in LA, but haven't found anything in NY -- done the Google search and come up dry.

thanks,

P
Old 21st September 2005
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Try Dream Hire, Toy Specialist, and there's at least one guy who does vintage mic, Jim Flynn rentals - speak with Gaby - he's very cool. dreamhire may not have an office in NY any longer - I'm not sure. Also, there are quite a few rental; places in NJ, Westchester, Long Island, Upstate NY, Queens, Brooklyn, etc. Look for Audio Equipment/ Pro Audio Rentals, Sound Installation, etc. Hope this helps. If you find any more, please post - si we can all update our data bases. Also, if you wait a few weeks THE AES SHOW WILL BE IN TOWN AND YOU MAY BE ABLE TO HOOK UP WITH SOME NEW GEAR DUDES AND TRY OUT STUFF!!!!!!! I've found it very helpful sometimes to get in on the ground level with new gear producers, and work with them to hone their gear - it's very personal, and you can learn quite a bit (as can they from your various applications and testing that they might not have done yet). Who knows, maybe you can even have the next huberjammer whatsis thigamajig signature model!!
Old 21st September 2005
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Renting mics in New York kind of sucks. The rental companies just don't have great lockers. Apart from Walter Sear and Dave Smith, most mic collections are in pretty crappy shape. You're best to get a good relationship with a good dealer, pay the shipping, slap them on the card, and return them when you're done (which, by the way, is what you'll have to do to rent them if you're not a major studio.)
Old 21st September 2005
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Originally Posted by Sqye
Try Dream Hire, Toy Specialist, and there's at least one guy who does vintage mic, Jim Flynn rentals - speak with Gaby - he's very cool. dreamhire may not have an office in NY any longer - I'm not sure. Also, there are quite a few rental; places in NJ, Westchester, Long Island, Upstate NY, Queens, Brooklyn, etc. Look for Audio Equipment/ Pro Audio Rentals, Sound Installation, etc. Hope this helps. If you find any more, please post - si we can all update our data bases. Also, if you wait a few weeks THE AES SHOW WILL BE IN TOWN AND YOU MAY BE ABLE TO HOOK UP WITH SOME NEW GEAR DUDES AND TRY OUT STUFF!!!!!!! I've found it very helpful sometimes to get in on the ground level with new gear producers, and work with them to hone their gear - it's very personal, and you can learn quite a bit (as can they from your various applications and testing that they might not have done yet). Who knows, maybe you can even have the next huberjammer whatsis thigamajig signature model!!

Toy Specialists has been closed for a while now bro.
Old 21st September 2005
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Toy Specialists has been closed for a while now bro.

Didn't Scharff-Weisberg buy up all their inventory?
Old 21st September 2005
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I'm pretty sure Dream Hire still has an office on W. 38th right next to Right Track's studio 509A.
Old 21st September 2005
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I'm pretty sure Dream Hire still has an office on W. 38th right next to Right Track's studio 509A.

W 38st?

Try west 26thst in the Battery studio building.
Old 21st September 2005
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it's on 25th St.




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W 38st?

Try west 26thst in the Battery studio building.
Old 22nd September 2005
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W 38st?

Try west 26thst in the Battery studio building.

Wrong. Its at 509 w38th in Right Track. They moved about a year and a half ago.
Old 22nd September 2005
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it's on 25th St.

Sorry meant 25th.
Old 22nd September 2005
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Wrong. Its at 509 w38th in Right Track. They moved about a year and a half ago.
Oh yeah?

Didn't know that.

Last time i rented some gear from there(about 8 months ago) i am pretty sure i went to the 25th st location.
Old 22nd September 2005
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Yeah, Thrill get with it

Dreamhire is in the new Right Track space on 38th and 11th. My personal fav is Jim Flynn 212-807-1800.
Old 22nd September 2005
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Yeah, Thrill get with it

Sorry!!!


Jan its just been so long since i tracked a project(exactly 8 months now).

Its been all mixing since then.

When i track i usually rent the same stuff from Dream Hire..an API 3124,a GML8304 and Neuman U47fet.

I usually just fill in the rest with what a studio has.
Old 22nd September 2005
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Dave Smith at sony studios has the sluttiest mics. Perfect condition also.
Old 22nd September 2005
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call ezraudio

ezraudio.com/gear.html
Old 22nd September 2005
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Thanks, you guys -- couple good options here.

I get a little crazy thinking I HAVE TO HAVE (fill in piece of gear here) when really, being a guy that plays in bands on weekends and records a couple times a month, it's probably not really necessary to have a $5-6000 mike.

Got a couple U195s, a Royer 121, Microtech Gefell M300. Neumann KM84, EV RE-20 plus the usual 58s and 57s. Enough to get by, but then I read about the new Soundelux e47 or the Peluso -- and then I think it's too much money to spend without having a better frame of reference. I see DreamHire rents U47s for $150 a day. For the amount of times I get the singer over to do real tracks, as opposed to sketches of songs as we're writing, it seems like a better idea to rent every now and then.

thanks again!

Peter
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