It was during these early years that the successful retail store also carved a name for itself not only as a provider of great drum hire equipment, but also as a provider of experienced technical staff and transport services to the touring industry.
In 1984, BHM received a hire list for the sold out Tina Turner Hilton Hotel Australia Tour whose hire requirements were so extensive they literally became a dedicated backline company overnight.
Relocating to the Musiclink warehouse in the mid-80s, the hire department shortly expanded into its own warehouse in Richmond VIC was formally established in 1989 as Australia’s first dedicated backline hire company, Billy Hyde Stage Systems.
In 1990, BH Stage Systems set up a Sydney branch to mirror Melbourne operations.
From its humble beginnings operating out the back of the Billy Hyde Drumcraft shop in Commonwealth Street Surry Hills, it wasn’t long before the Sydney branch followed in its Melbourne partner’s footsteps, expanding into its own warehouse in Alexandria, NSW.