A common Question on CB is "Where should I buy from?" The majority of CB pros agree that the best place is your local dealer. While the big national dealers or Internet dealers may be able to offer you a better price at times they are not going to be able save your show if something goes wrong on a Saturday night. Having an established relationship with your local dealer will possibly save you. On more than one occasion I've had the owner (or a sales person) from my local dealer stop by on his/her way home from work to drop off another unit to get my show up and running. Finally, having a long term relationship with a local dealer will get you better prices from that dealer, that will come close to what the national and internet dealers can offer. At the bottom of this post you will find a list of local dealers which are recommended by CB members. Please add to the lists below with your favorite dealers. Due to purchasing restrictions or where you are physically located, establishing a relationship with a local dealer may not be possible (or maybe you just don't like them). In that case there are several major national dealers with regional offices to consider.
Large National Dealers in General Theatrical Supply:
Mainstage LLC, the merger (* This merger did not go through) of Mainstage Theatrical Supply, Vincent Lighting, and Production Advantage, with offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Pensacola, Tampa, and Burlington, VT.
Mainstage Theatrical Supply with offices in Milwaukee, Pensacola, and Memphis.
Barbizon Lighting Company 11 US offices, an office in London plus now has an office in Australia
4Wall Locations in Las Vegas, NYC, and Phoenix
PRG 13 US offices, plus Canada, UK, and Japan
Norcostco Main Office: Minneapolis; Branches in Atlanta, Dallas, LA, Denver, and New York.
John S. Hyatt & Associates, Inc. Grand Rapids, MI
Full Compass Systems
Internet-based general theater dealers who are trusted by CB members:
Full Compass Systems
Entertainment Systems Corp. The owner is CB Member @BillESC based in Virginia
Monkey Wrench Productions
Audio, Video, and Networking Cables:
Specializing in Lamps, with a limited selection of other lighting things:
Tools and consumables for stage technicians:
Tools for Stagecraft
Audiopile/EWI Cables & Tour Cases
Professional Studio Equipment for Audio Broadcast, Audio Recording | BSWUSA.com , Broadcast Supply Worldwide
http://www.ccisolutions.com, CCI Solutions
Sweetwater has a store in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Below please list your your favorite local Dealers:
USA: Please add your state in alphabetical order and list your favorite dealers. Please also share the cities.
Arizona Cine Equipment - Tucson
Arizona Pro Sound, Inc. - Tucson
California Stage & Lighting, Inc. - Santa Ana
Stagecraft Industries - Oakland, CA
Barbizon Light of the Rockies - Denver
Barbizon Lighting - Miami
Stage Equipment and Lighting, INC - Orlando, Miami, & Tampa (as of 3/14, no longer listing a Tampa location on their website)
Mainstage Theatrical Supply- Pensacola.
Murphy Lighting Systems - Orlando
Barbizon Lighting - Atlanta
Television Production Service - Atlanta
Barbizon Lighting - Chicago
DesignLab Chicago - Chicago
Gand Music & Sound - Chicago (Audio & Backline)
Grand Stage - Chicago (merged with Chicago Spotlight, Aug. 2015)
Intelligent Lighting Creations (ILC) - Chicago
Theatrical Lighting Connection (TLC) - Chicago
Central Lighting & Equipment, Inc. - Des Moines (see @MPowers )
Vincent Lighting Systems - Near Cincinnati/Northern KY Airport. Also, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit, MI (see @AdamHVLS )
On Location Lighting Systems - Erlanger
StageLight - New Orleans
BSL Productions, Inc. - Baltimore (Primarily Lighting)
Limelight Productions Inc. - Lee (Western Mass., Eastern NY.)
High Output Inc. - Canton (Boston Metro Area)
Advanced Lighting and Production Services (ALPS) - Randolph (Boston Metro Area)
Theatrix - Belchertown (Western and Central Mass)
Fantasee Lighting & Sound - Yipsilanti
John S. Hyatt & Associates, Inc. Grand Rapids, MI
Pegasus Theatrical - Southfield
Tobins Lake Studios - Brighton
Vincent Lighting Systems - Detroit, and also Cleveland and Cincinnati, OH and Pittsburgh, PA.
Gopher Stage Lighting - Minneapolis
Monkey Wrench Productions - Minneapolis
Bad Dog Pictures - St. Louis
Cine Services - St. Louis
Logic Systems: Sound and Lighting - St. Louis
Alumifax - Las Vegas
PORT Lighting Systems - Seabrook (NH/MA border)
Barbizon Electric - NYC
Syracuse Scenery and Stage Lighting - Central NY
BMI Supply - Capital Region
Beck Studios - Milford (see @abbyt )
Vincent Lighting Systems - Cleveland, Cincinnati, and also Pittsburgh, PA and Detroit, MI
Schell Scenic Studio - Columbus
Brite Lites - Columbus
The Light Fantastic - Dayton (see @bitbrat )
Stagecraft Industries Portland, Or
Hollywood Lights Portland, Or
Avista Custom Theatrical - Philadelphia; General expendables, props rental, props production and custom softgoods.
Philadelphia Theatrical Supply - Philadelphia; Full service dealer. ETC authorized rep, Avolites authorized dealer, Apollo dealer.
Vincent Lighting Systems - Pittsburgh, and also Cleveland and Cincinnati, OH, and Detroit, MI
Northern Sound and Light - Pittsburgh
ATR Treehouse - Providence
High Output - Providence
Mainstage Theatrical Supply - Memphis
StageLight - Nashville
Barbizon Lighting - Dallas
StageLight - Houston & Dallas
General Theatrical Supply (GTS) - Salt Lake City
Oasis Stage Werks - Salt Lake City
Dark Star Lighting - Hinesburg (Northwest VT)
Barbizon Capitol - Alexandria
Bexel ASG (Formerly Systems Wireless) - Herndon (Wireless Rentals and Purchases)
Heinz Musitronics - Charlottesville (General Audio)
MorganSound.com - Lynnwood, WA Audio only. Purchase and Rentals. Excellent reputation.
Northern Lights Mountlake Terrace Lighting and Sound, Rentals. Best source for consumables North of downtown Seattle.
Pacific Northwest Theater Associates (PNTA) - Seattle Lighting, Sound, Draperies, Hardware, Rigging, Makeup, etc... The biggest retail store and the largest rental inventory in Seattle. Karl is well known and respected as the best repair guy in the city.
Silhouette Lights and Staging - Spokane (Yakima, Wenatchee, Richland/Kennewick/Pasco, Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint, Kalispell, Missoula)
Stagecraft Industries - Seattle Stagecraft is known for their larger installation project work throughout the Northwest.
Acme Corp Production Services - Milwaukee
Mainstage Theatrical Supply - Milwaukee
Professional Audio Designs - Milwaukee
Studio Gear LLC - Milwaukee
Clearwing Productions, Inc. - Milwaukee
World- Please list country in alphabetical order and state or other regional description as seems most appropriate.
Christie Lites -Lighting, rigging, touring
Ontario Staging Ltd -Lighting, rigging, soft goods
Jack A. Frost Ltd -Lighting, sound, scenic, power
Horizon Solutions -Audio, Lighting, Video
Another source of information, sometimes overlooked, is the manufacturer's list of authorized dealers, which is almost always somewhere on the manufacturer's website. See "Dealers and Distributors" for ETC. Sales for Strand. Apollo - Dealer Locator. Rosco - Where To Buy. And so on.
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