An elegant solution for a vexing problem

mike2We used to operate a large audio visual rental equipment business here in the college town where we are located. The majority of our rentals were in small sound systems and we rented a lot of what came to be called “PA on a stick”.

This was made up of a couple of speakers mounted on tripods, a mixer/amplifer, a mic and stand, and a simple cable package. It was simple to set up, fit in the trunk of a car, and was a solid revenue producer for this division of our company.

Unfortunately, we had one set of speakers (JBL Eons) which used a different sized fitting for tripod mounting than every other speaker in the rental stock.

What a pain!

I can’t count the number of times an unhappy customer came back in after a rental complaining that the speaker would not fit the tripod.

Totally our fault. No matter how hard we tried, we never seemed to be able to match up these speakers with the only set of tripods we had that would fit. We had some adapters that would work but these seemed impossible to keep up with.

I have no idea why JBL decided to adopt a different standard than every other speaker maker on the planet, but we’ll save that discussion for another time.

OnStage Stands to the rescue.

OnStage now makes a speaker stand that has different sized diameters on opposite ends of the part of their speaker tripod that holds the speaker.

Got the wrong size? Just slip the tube out, flip it over and reinsert it into the lower tube. Problem solved.

We love the OnStage Stand line and have found it to be a great value. Hope you agree. is your online source for Permacel gaffers tape, Duracell Procell batteries, MagLite flashlights, Nashua duct tape, Bay State wire ties, Electratrac and Coast Wire extension cords, OnStage Stand mic stands, and lots of other useful production supplies.

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