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How to do an AV career in a small business

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 11:33:02 am Australia/Melbourne

Small family business models are rife with exploitation and infighting ... how do you make a business work and keep and grow its people so that they enjoy coming to work and have all the satisfiers in place for a long term relationship with their workplace?

We didn't start out as a family business ... it evolved this way. At some stage in our minor business development we graduated from professional selection of staff to tribal methodology. So although I have been trained in interview techniques and selection criteria management by RMIT I have put that deliberately aside and have gone to a "trial by peer" approach. My family and friends who work here argue that by employing them at Carlton Audio Visual they have now become persona non grata elsewhere in the industry. I would argue that no one else would offer them such reasonable and lenient working conditions ...

 

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A visit to the Munich Hi-End Hi Fi show

Thursday, 2 June 2022 10:05:22 am Australia/Melbourne

It’s been two years of Covid Hiatus since the Munich High End HiFi show opened its doors and Magnus and I made the journey in anticipation of great things HiFi and great things German culture (ie. German Beer Halls). This is a pilgrimage that any person seriously working in this industry needs to make .

 

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How does a European war affect us in a Hi Fi shop in Carlton?

Sunday, 10 April 2022 1:26:00 pm Australia/Melbourne

How could a war in Eastern Europe possibly affect a Hi-Fi Audio Visual store in Carlton, Australia?

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What goes around

Saturday, 2 April 2022 1:27:09 pm Australia/Melbourne

We take it for granted now that we are going to sell record playing technology. We have always been invested in it as an organisation. During the long dark years of digital dominance of our marketplace ecosystem we would keep a Rega Planar 3 on demo, often with an abused copy of Dark Side of The Moon collecting dust on the platter, and would demonstrate to those who cared to listen how ... fundamentally satisfying ... the sound was.

As a small business we are a leaf upon the waters and have no influence on the marketplace as such but through demonstration of our wares effectively can modulate the direction of an individual who cares to listen.

Turntables were always a part of our business therefore even though by 1991 when we opened most manufacturers had thrown the towel in and many beautiful replay instruments were being sold for a fraction. Most people were happy with CD as it was presented to them in the eighties. The "indestructible format with huge dynamic range" that took up less space and didn't scratch and crackle.  Turntables and records were officially declared obsolete in the early eighties, as exemplified by this Rodrigues cartoon from Stereo Review in 1984.

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Telling the truth about Hi Fi sales tactics

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 10:55:59 am Australia/Melbourne

In a world of alternative facts I contend that the local specialist Hi Fi industry has never been more ... honest ... than it is now. Not because it has seen the light of good ethical practice but because competitive factors make being honest more successful. 

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