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Think of New Equipment as a Long-Term Investment

January 5, 2023

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If you’re a music director at a school or anyone who uses performance products like risers, portable staging, or shells, making the decision to buy new equipment can be difficult. The main reservation to buying new equipment is usually the high cost associated with quality products. There are many reasons to buy quality equipment including durability, safety, and ease of use. We even wrote a blog post about it here.

This reservation to buying new equipment can even cause the facility to reconsider the fact that they need new risers. Chances are if you think you need new risers, you probably do. This will ensure safety for all performers. Just to be sure, here’s a blog post on how to know if you need new risers.

When buying this new equipment, you need to think of it as a long-term investment. If you’re an educational facility, you’re investing in your students and in the improvement of your program. As a long-term investment, you need to do your due-diligence in making sure you select the products that work the best for you. This obviously shouldn’t be an impulse decision.

Here are a few reasons why you need to consider new equipment an investment rather than just another purchase.

You’re Investing in Your Students and the Future Success of Your Program

While we touched on this point above, it’s important enough to dig into a little further. If you’re a music educator, your entire career is built around investing in your students and this goes beyond the products you buy.

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When considering something as important as the platforms your students are performing on, you only want to work with a manufacturer who shares this same sentiment. Good risers will be extremely safe and sturdy. They’ll also be easy to set-up and use because most schools don’t have a lot of time or a large crew.

This equipment will be used for years so it’s imperative to your program’s future success.

You’ll Only Get to Make This Decision Once

For most music educators, the opportunity to make a large purchase decision like this only happens once in a career so it’s important that you get it right. On top of that, the products you decide to buy will be used by your successor until they have the opportunity to make a new purchase.

portable stage in a school

The fact that schools invest in this type of equipment infrequently is reason enough to make sure you’re getting products that will last a long time without needing to be repaired constantly.

With proper care and usage, equipment from a reputable manufacturer should hold up to years of use by any school.


As you make decisions on the equipment you’re going to purchase, remember that you’re making a long-term investment because what you buy will be used for years into the future. You want your future students and your successor to have the best equipment so that they can be as successful as possible.

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