I absolutely Hate scrims and speaker stand covers!

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Steve Lynch

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Instead of replying one by one to the many posts from people so proud of their hideous DJ setups, I just wanted to post a blanket rejection of the entire concept. Not that anyone cares, I just felt like sharing.

I just got off the phone with a customer who forwarded me a picture of one of my competitor's setups to ask if mine was "Ugly like that" I cannot post the picture, because I think this dude frequents these boards, but she's correct! It looks like absolute garbage!

I don't know how someone convinced people that those were stylish, but he has perpetrated a huge sham on the DJ community.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Scrims and DJ skirts are the #1 most unattractive DJ accessory I have seen in my entire career.

Nothing draws more attention to an already ugly speaker stand like a giant black triangle cloth base on it. UGH! I guess the lit scrims are not quite as bad.. still ugly, but ok for a bar mitzvah or something.. Weddings though?? UGH! just say no!

Stop the insanity!

That is all!
 

Mark Evans

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I love my dj skirt table cloth and the scim king. Want to get one of those but i do not like the speaker stand covers as well.
 

maestro

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LOL! Yeah, I am not really into that look myself but think that if done right, it can help your set-up become less noticeable that more which is a good thing at a wedding. I like the table scrim in this photo and the custom aluminum facade rocks! As for the speaker stands, not so much into the white but the black looks fine. At least when you scrim / light up your speaker stands, guests are less likely to trip over them!
 

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Cap

Always At Your Service
I'm an idiot. Thanks for letting me know.

I use scrims because bare tripods, light stands, monitor flying t-bars look like infantile incomplete tinker toys. None of you scrim haters would ever design your home with barren black or silver tubes with nicks, stickers, dinged knobs, scratches, et al. I'm certainly not going to do that to a bride's exclusive banquet hall. Sounds like many of you need to stick to gyms.

Nice try, school yards bullies. Bring it.
 
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CMB

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Srims have their place. A few months ago I borrowed a scrim from a DJ friend. I was in a larger hall, and was projecting a monogram over a fireplace from the oposite side of the room. I first put the scrim on the stand and walked to the middle of the room and then to the other side of the room. I then removed the scrim and observed again. At this venue, the scrim only made the light stand stand out more. And was nearly invisible without the scrim. I think it would be good to make a scrim that just covered the tripod legs. It would allow us to dress up the legs (in black) up close, and let the verticle poles blend into the background.
 

Bill_Goode

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Steve is not calling me out, because I own exactly two black table covers. No scrims here!

Rather, my approach is something along the lines of if I am going to be visible, I own it with the cleanest and most unique setup possible. However, I prefer to blend into the shadows if the situation calls for it...



I am deep in the corner, and while the speakers are visible, they blend into the background as the only light in the room brings attention and focus to the dance floor.



This is an old setup from my New York City days.

The coffin is one-piece. Just put the wings up, open the doors, plg in speakers and power, SPIN!

Unless one really tried, this showed up nowhere in a couple's photos, but looked very elegant and it owned the stage.



This was my look until about five years ago.

It was clean, elegant, and not "In your face, notice me".

Scrims are just a tool, but one that is not a requirement. What one client loves, another will hate.

Either blend in, own the room, or look damn good.
 

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hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I like the looks of them.. I would rather see that then cords, dents and obvious scratches..

I'm old school (theater trained) so being able to not "clash" with everything else in the room is good thing..:)
 

NickyB

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Personally, I'd prefer white and back lit speaker stand scrim to a bare stand .... however, my particular setup calls for sub mounted poles that merely require tying the cables to the poles with velcro straps.

Oh, you mean like this one!
 

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-bp-

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I always use subs, so scrims aren't something I'd use. I'm of the opinion that sound equipment is beautiful. I find it impressive. It says, "there's about to be music"." Scrims are okay, but too many tends to look like spiderwebs to me. I agree with Nick. Keep it clean.
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
I have black pieces of fabric that is like velveteen like some draping is. It is velvety and never looks wrinkled (because it is naturally wrinkly looking). I can cover a table or the base of my tripods.

I agree that the spandex ones that go from the floor all the way up to the speaker are not for me.

Here's me at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Beach Oceanfront on 2/14/13. Those are my EV ZX1 passives powered by a QSC GX5 and my QSC KW181. This set up is so small and sounds sweet. The table they put was not really what I like, too tall. But they had so much floofy-looking covers, skirting, and valance thing on it and I didn't want to undo something that looked like someone took some time to make it look pretty.

I've seen the tripod covers that cover just the triangle section made out of cotton or canvas. I think they look good.
 

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Arnoldo Offermann

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I'm an idiot. Thanks for letting me know.

I use scrims because bare tripods, light stands, monitor flying t-bars look like infantile incomplete tinker toys. None of you scrim haters would ever design your home with barren black or silver tubes with nicks, stickers, dinged knobs, scratches, et al. I'm certainly not going to do that to a bride's exclusive banquet hall. Sounds like many of you need to stick to gyms.

Nice try, school yards bullies. Bring it.

What? Something we disagree on? Hell hath frozen over. :(

But I don't see any scrims here.. never seen anything on your stuff that showed scrims!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4396839288097&set=t.1501926570&type=3&theater


BTW, Cap, your site's dropdown menu isn't loading underneath the menu item so things are impossible to click. Latest Safari user here on 10.8.
 

bb

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For the cleanest look hide the speakers under the table (lines hides it all). No cords, no scrims. LOL!

Serioulsly though, when I'm in a small, tight room for a ceremony, and the reception is in another room, I sometimes do this. I've been complimented by venues and guests on may of occasions, that sounded great, where are the speakers? I joke, there built into the floor.
 

DropZoneDJs

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djtunes...With your small lite speakers you could use my idea. Umbrella bases from Lowes, been using these for several years in some venues when I only use one sub under the table, and tight places like in the pic, very small dance floor and no room to setup off of it.

Speaker scrims are hideous, got into a heated discussion on a FB forum over these, I think they look like aliens from old Sci Fi movies or old Star Trek.
 

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Steve Lynch

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I also do not mind table ones.. I was referring to the ones that people use to cover speaker stands, T-stands, Lighting Stands, and everything else that looks less invasive with no cover on them.

Those speaker stand covers make the stand bases themselves more obtrusive than the actual speakers.

I have a hard time believing anyone goes out of the way to compliment speaker stand covers. I think they feel bad, and are just being nice. :)

We all buy gear we regret. The true professionals can learn to let it go though. You somehow got duped into making your minimally invasive stands look like the great pyramids of Egypt.. It happens to the best of us. The first step to recovery or Un-covery as it may be in this situation, is to admit that they're Hideous looking! From there, we'll all support you.
 
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