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Category : Tony’s Testimonials

Audio Visual Bend – A Story of Spousal Success in Business

November 11th, 2016


Marriage is hard work.  Business ownership is hard work.  Owning a business with your spouse is really, really, really hard work.  I (Lauren Breslin) began this blog post with an idea to feature Christine (Chrys) Sprando’s female role as a business owner in a male dominated AV industry.  However, after just a short time into our interview, my focus clearly shifted to the ways in which Tony and Chrys partner together, personally and professionally.  Read more »

Project Highlight – Worthy Brewing’s Hopservatory

August 18th, 2016



Look up there!   In the air! Do you see it?  It looks like a brewery.  No, wait.  It looks like an observatory?

What is it?!?!  It’s a Hopservatory!

Did you read about it in our local Bend Bulletin? Check it out. Read more »

TV Placement for a Fitness Room in a Hotel Chain

July 20th, 2016


This week, I am working with a hotel chain and the placement of a TV in a Multi-Purpose Room/Fitness Room. The typical math behind TV placement is to place the center of the TV screen approximately 10-15 degrees above eye level.  Of course, we have to consider the distance of the TV from the viewer. And naturally, the furniture and exercise equipment layout determines this. Read more »

Choir Mic Placement and Evaluation for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

July 12th, 2016

Musical Notes and Mic_3000 pix

A cheerful summer season to you from Central Oregon!


While many industries seem to slow down during the summer months, the AV Bend team is as busy as ever.  So far this month, we have been active in the community and I would like to share a project review of choir mic placement and evaluation that we are completing for Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend, Oregon. Read more »

Saltwater Kills!

May 12th, 2016

Saltwater kills.  These are two words that should never be in the same sentence when you are trying to get your wireless microphones to work.  What do Saltwater and Radio Frequencies (RF) have in common?  Answer: Nothing, really.

But, I have a scenario for you that may help you make a connection.  Imagine you are setting up AV in a 16,000 square foot convention hall. Read more »

I will not fail.

May 4th, 2016

Failure is Not an Option


“I will not fail.” This thought just came to me recently and it flows from my recent post about building and maintaining “Forever Customers.” Then, I found this meme which says it all.  The point is, you have to go into every opportunity and be able to say to your customer, in one way or another, “I will not fail.”

To fail means to be unsuccessful in achieving one’s goal.  I would add that to be a failure is to then give up.  Last year, the Business Insider listed 29 famous people who failed before they succeeded.  I have listed several below to prove my point.  You will read that these celebrities failed many times, but they were not failures. Read more »

Building and Maintaining “Forever Customer” Relationships

April 27th, 2016

Businessman holding rocket and shooting to archery target.

The truth is, “You will always be remembered.” But, the question is, “How will you be remembered?”  As a business owner and service/product provider, I recommend the following principles to establish good customers because of your good reputations: Read more »

Trending Now – Interactive Kiosks, Speech Mapping, and Projection Mapping

April 13th, 2016


This week, we enjoyed researching AV trends and the cutting edge of AV technology and uses.  After we share each trend, you will see us ask a series of questions for our readers.  Please share your experiences with these trends, whether locally in Bend, regionally in a big city, or nationally and internationally.

Trending Now – Interactive Kiosks.  In the March 16th blog of Integrated Computer Solutions, the writer shares how well interactive kiosks perform in retail sales areas because of the opportunity to use a variety of specialized content strategies.  Specifically, six multimedia categories that greatly affect the user experiences are shared. Read more »

Tony Sprando joins the Blogsquad at rAVe pubs – the #1 AV Publication

March 15th, 2016

social-network_110002957-012814-intAs I (Lauren Breslin) am writing this post at 6:23pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Tony Sprando’s blog post on “Is More Speaker Really Better?” is the featured picture, blog and link on the rAVe pubs website.  And I am thrilled to share with our Audio Visual Bend customers and colleagues that Tony has recently been invited to join the acclaimed and elite Blogsquad for rAVe publications.

What is rAVe pubs? To borrow their own words, Read more »

Microphone Placement is Everything!

February 17th, 2016

woman public speakingToday I’d like share about best practices for where to place a fixed microphone when using one for speaking. These best practices apply to everyone including sports announcers for the Big Ten Conference, presidential candidates from a lectern, and also general handheld applications.

The speaking voice is a source, and like your radio or music player, it creates sound and it projects its sound to the listener. To increase the quality of your voice for listeners, you need to apply a sound system, i.e speakers and microphones. When using these pieces of equipment, a speaker must consider placement, which I will cover for you here. Read more »