From The Ground Up: I Reach Out To THE DJ Equipment Guru!

July 28, 2014 by Stu Chisholm

And now, the final catch-up session so’s we’re up-to-date: Saturday, July 19th, 5:00 PM Just thought of one more DJ equipment genius to consult: none other than Ben Stowe, self-proclaimed sound and lighting “geek” from NLFX Professional known to all Mobile Beat readers and expo attendees. Sent him a message about what I’ve got in mind. Now off to my regularly scheduled Saturday night…

Sunday, July 20th, 7:58 PM Got Ben’s one line reply: “Hmm, let me give this some thought.” Breathlessly awaiting…

Stu-FromGroundUpMonday, July 21st, 9:21 PM Well, I finally reached a dealer for the Ranger X tablets. Indeed, they’ll do everything I want them to do and more. There’s just one catch: they cost $4,600.00 each, and I need two. Why two? A primary and a back-up! While they could be afforded, I’m balking at the idea of spending over $9K on a couple of tablets when a “full boat” iPad could be had for a fraction of that cost. Still, my needs remain the same. Lucky for me, the dealer (Mass Group out of Chatsworth, CA) gave me a couple of great leads: another company makes something called the Motion tablet, which is also popular with people in the construction industry and with law enforcement, and then there’s the Toughbook by Panasonic. This looks promising. Both have options under $2,500.00. A less frustrating day and I never left the house!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2:07 PMAttached-Message-Part Got a call from Bill, an out of state dealer for an alternative “ruggedized” tablet used by construction crews, law enforcement and other rough-and-tumble industries (see above post). Hearing the specs and, more importantly, the price, makes me want to place my order immediately! But… I’ll hold off for his e-mail information as well as a consult with the mighty Ben Stowe. More later…




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Stu Chisholm had been collecting music since he was about eight years old and began his DJ career in 1979. After much hard work, trial-and-error, and a stint at the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, he studied the DJ arts with famous Michigan broadcaster, Bill Henning, at a local college. Stu interned at Detroit’s rock powerhouse, WRIF. To his radio and mobile work Stu later added club gigs at Detroit’s best venues, and voiceover work. He has shared his extensive DJ experience through his Mobile Beat columns, as a seminar speaker and through his book, “The Complete Disc Jockey: A Comprehensive Manual for the Professional DJ,” released in 2008.

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