Founders Ken Berry and Dolph Rempp rent a bass guitar to a Mitch Rider & the Detroit Wheels recording session at Hollywood’s Paramount Studios. Both men seize the opportunity and form Studio Instrument Rentals opening our first storefront in Los Angeles.
L-Ken Berry, R-Dolph Rempp -2017
SIR’s first storefront (Los Angeles)
Ken & Dolph recognize the explosion of music in the Bay Area and open an office in San Francisco. They ask Michael Johnson who was working for them at the Los Angeles facility to manage this new effort. San Francisco became a quick favorite to many of the major record labels and soon we were working with a who’s who of artists of the time such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dave Mason, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Tower of Power, Santana, and the Pointer Sisters.
San Francisco 1972
Michael Johnson -2017
Expansion heads east to New York City. Michael, having solidified the San Francisco office is sent to start up our next venture. Within a few months Michael meets Bo Holst, a struggling musician who happened to, one day, walk past Michael having a hard time loading a truck. Bo offered to help, was hired, and sent off in a van to pick up a PA system which he brought back for the brand new rehearsal studios. Over 40 years later, Bo now runs the show in New York. Customers who started with us then and still support us are Steely Dan, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Bruce Springsteen, and Roberta Flack.
SIR NY’s West 52nd Street location, early years
SIR Nashville’s original location on 5th Avenue South!
Ralph Petrosino -2017
Laura Ford- 2016
Dan Rempp -2017
Joe Kernich, wrapping cables at the China Club in New York in the mid eighties
SIR Las Vegas
SIR sees a need for backline in Southern California and opens in Palm Springs servicing the Southern California casinos and golf courses. That same year, San Diego opens with just 4 amps, 4 keyboards, and 3 sets of drums in their inventory. Since then we’ve more than tripled our rental offerings for the growing live music and festival scene. Some of our very first clients in the area were The San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, CRSSD Festival, and musical acts such as Boston, Joan Jett, and Bruno Mars!
SIR Palm Springs
SIR Palm Springs
SIR Stage37 opens its doors in NYC for corporate events and large scale rehearsals. Located near the Javits Convention Center this 13,000 square foot space has hosted rehearsals such as Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga, The Rainforest Project, and Mariah Carey along with special events for Volkswagen, Absolut Vodka, Microsoft, Johnny Walker Brands, KIA and more.
SIR Stage37 -a blank canvas
Private Party transformation of the space
SIR USA celebrates our 50th year in business! SIR USA receives a 50 year milestone award from the Industry’s largest trade show, NAMM, and artist well-wishes pour in from long time artist friends from over the years!