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Equipment Costs to Start in the Business.

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Personally if you're truly starting I'd say buy used, but reliable. Buying cheap stuff is a waste, but i also feel that renting is an absolute waste. Have confidence in your ability and if you're super keen in this professional invest a bit.

 

Any of following gear goes really cheap on eBay and Facebook and can make a great starter-medium kit:

 

RECORDERS

- Sound Devices 788T Recorder

- Sound Devices 633 Recorder

- Zaxcom Maxx Recorder

 

WIRELESS

- Zaxcom QRX100Q Receiver / 2 x TRX900LA Transmitters

- Zaxcom RX900S Receiver / TRX900AA Transmitter

- Lectrosonics 411A Receiver / UM400A Transmitter

- Lectrosonics SRa Receiver / LMb x 2 Transmitters

 

MICROPHONES

- Sennheiser MKH416 Shotgun

- Sennheiser MKH8060 Shotgun

- Sennheiser MKH40 Cardioid

- Schopes CMC5U with MK41 Capsule

 

MISC

- Older Remote Audio BDS

- NP-1 Batteries

 

 

 

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If you are looking at a purchase of a piece of used equipment that still is a large investment for you, it is worth a free phone call to the manufacturer's service department to see if the gear is still supported. Some RF products have been legislated away and can no longer be legally supported, some products will use parts that aren't available anymore and some manufacturers just stop support because it's too much hassle. A call or email is free. If you can't get good info, that tells you something also.

Best Regards,

Larry Fisher

 

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So it seems the general consensus is:

 

1) - That a beginner should not take out a loan for a full kit, even when we aren’t in a pandemic.

2) - That a beginner should rent full professional recording kits and slowly purchase pieces of your main equipment kit to reduce the rental cost over time (assuming that you can rent pieces in your area).

3) - A budget of $10K is minimum cost but it either is going to get you used gear and/or mid level to cheap gear, but you still will need to rent to complete a full kit. 

4) - That a minimum basic or standard kit consists of:

—6x channel mixer

—headphones

—2-4x wireless transmitters depending on if you are ENG or

—2x shotgun mics (maybe another 2 indoor supercardioid mics) with wind protection.

—2x boom poles, (9ft & 15ft are the most popular)

—2-3x timecode boxes

—1x timecode slate,

—4x IFB, (i’m guessing, a number wasn’t mentioned)

—1x camera-hop,

—wireless accessories (tape, mounts, straps)

—media cards and backups

—all the adapters & cables

—All the batteries and chargers.

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On 7/23/2020 at 7:57 AM, LarryF said:

If you are looking at a purchase of a piece of used equipment that still is a large investment for you, it is worth a free phone call to the manufacturer's service department to see if the gear is still supported. Some RF products have been legislated away and can no longer be legally supported, some products will use parts that aren't available anymore and some manufacturers just stop support because it's too much hassle. A call or email is free. If you can't get good info, that tells you something also.

Best Regards,

Larry Fisher

 

Listen carefully to this man, esp re: wireless of any type.

 

I will only add that if you don't have much money it is important to just get gear you will really USE, that the jobs you are doing demand and that you can realistically charge rental for.  In our field there is a definite "if you build it, they will come" attitude about getting equipment you wish you needed, but maybe really don't yet?  There is also the factor of how difficult it is to rent what pieces of gear, so you'd want to first get a hold of pieces that are hard to rent locally.  What will you use on every job of the work you are doing NOW?

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53 minutes ago, Philip Perkins said:

Listen carefully to this man, esp re: wireless of any type.

I sent back a Rx three times. Got the Rx back, exactly same problem. On the fourth attempt they pulled the " this item is no longer supported" " we don't even have parts in stock anymore". The kicker is that I had to pay out of pocket for the first return. I received a refund after the third return and a long drawn out back and forth with dept head. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Ken Goodwin said:

—1x timecode slate,

 

This should be the lowest of low priorities out of everything you mentioned. 

I myself only just purchased a TC slate a couple of weeks ago, and even then I didn't need to. 
You can easily go years and years without needing to buy one. 
Especially if by chance any production does demand one, they absolutely 100% should be paying you the rental fee for one, so they're easy to rent (which in the past is what I've done, the rare time I needed one). 

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On 7/25/2020 at 3:52 PM, IronFilm said:

I myself only just purchased a TC slate a couple of weeks ago, and even then I didn't need to. 

 

 

I also just got one (used form here on the site actually, it was a great deal). Does everyone charge extra for a smart slate though? Or do you include it in a basic kit rental?

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1 hour ago, Erob said:

 

 

I also just got one (used form here on the site actually, it was a great deal). Does everyone charge extra for a smart slate though? Or do you include it in a basic kit rental?

Charge extra $75-100 per day 

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