Sound Install at the Domali Bar and Kitchen
We first met Alison and Dom back in late 2017 when they invited us over to discuss their refurbishment. From that first meeting we got on really well with them and loved the approach they were taking with the space.
We liked James better than the other people who quoted and thought that he was someone we could build a good relationship with.
Located in the heart of Crystal Palace, South East London, is a welcoming and vibrant restaurant and bar. The Domali Bar and Kitchen, is an independently run business and has been going strong since 1996.
Domali is a neighbourhood restaurant and bar and is a popular destination for many of the locals, giving the venue a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The business has been growing quickly and the venue has been recently refurbished to encourage people to travel in from other areas. Dom and Alison (Dom-Ali) have taken the business from strength to strength, supporting other local independent businesses when possible.
Our ethos is wherever possible to work with other small independent businesses like ourselves, particularly local ones. We like our sense of community and develop long lasting amicable relationships with our suppliers.
We first met Alison and Dom back in late 2017 when they invited us over to discuss their refurbishment. From that first meeting we got on really well with them and loved the approach they were taking with the space. They were looking to refurbish and relaunch the business and that required a new sound system.
We wanted good music to be part of our relaunch. We wanted a system that would sound great as background music but that would be suitable for live music too.
One of the main motives of the refurb was to attract more people to the venue in the evening; to do this Dom and Ali decided that they needed to create a bar-like atmosphere.
Once they had decided what they were looking for, Dom and Ali consulted multiple people and got at least three quotes. They had researched Flipside Soundsystem prior to contacting us to find out a bit more about the company and what we do.
We are delighted to say that Domali Bar and Kitchen chose Flipside for the sound system installation. We were all really excited to be working on this project and couldn’t wait to get started. Dom and Ali chose to work with us for a few different reasons but two of the main contributing factors were our people and our location.
We liked James better than the other people who quoted and thought that he was someone we could build a good relationship with. We also liked the fact that Flipside had a local base in Brixton. James’s suggestion of installing Tannoy speakers from West Norwood fitted in with our ethos.
My dream was to become a little hotspot for good music in the area.
We sat down over a coffee and discussed the new layout of the venue and exactly what they wanted to be able to do with the system. They were looking for a beautiful and discrete background music system that also had the ability to come alive with a DJ and live events. These requirements presented a challenge as the smaller background music systems generally don’t keep up with live events; larger speakers more suited to live are generally obtrusive and a bit dull sounding when played at low levels. At Flipside we love a challenge and it got the whole team racking their brains, planning the best possible solution.
Together we discussed some of the proposals that had been put forward by other companies and generally these seemed to fall either side of the problematic solutions mentioned above. Alison and Dom’s enthusiasm for sound was incredibly motivating; they knew how critical this would be to materialising their vision. There wasn’t a huge budget but they knew how much they ought to be considering spending and this gave us enough to work with to guarantee a great system for their needs.
Also, it really payed off having been involved at such an early stage. We were quoting and going through options before any work had begun which paid dividends further down the line.
After various discussions we pitched a Tannoy VX system, easily the best sounding little live speakers we had worked with at that point. It’s not a big space so the whole room was covered by four VX5.2 full range speakers and a pair of VSX10BP subs. Tannoy have a long heritage of high quality HiFi and PA speakers, plus they started out just around the corner from Domali back in the early 1900s which well-suited Ali and Dom’s business ethos. The drivers used in the manufacture of these products are incredibly detailed and smooth sounding; HiFi sound stage in a Pro Audio enclosure.
To make things easy for day to day use we added a basic single zone pre amplifier, wall panel controls and local inputs for DJs, mixers and daytime sources like iPads and phones.
Our involvement from the point of conception was critical and resulted in a seamless, discreet sound system that delivered the quality and versatility the client was looking for. We were introduced to the project manager and maintained constant contact throughout the refurbishment. We were able to get access during the first fix of the electrics which meant that we were able to lay all the cables in wall cavities and under the floorboards - you can’t see a single piece of conduit anywhere in the space! We were very pleased with the install and the end product is still a point of pride for us.
We love the system and are proud of it. Listening to music on it is a real pleasure.
In retrospect there are a couple of things that the client would change but the beauty of a Flipside install is that we can always modify a sound system to meet new requirements.
The experience was good. Flipside were flexible, understanding and good humoured throughout what was a very difficult and unknown process for us. We are also novices in the realm of sound systems, they were never patronising. Communication between the Flipside team and our builder was good, Craig our main builder/project manager commented on this at the time.
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Alison and Dom and built a really good working relationship. The whole process was a pleasure and we are delighted that we were able to deliver the right solution for the right cost.
If you’re looking for delicious food and drinks, a great atmosphere and some quality music, check out Domali Bar and Kitchen!
- 4x Tannoy VX5.2 speakers
- 2x Tannoy VXS10BP sub woofer
- 3x Crown MacroTech amplifiers
- 1x Tannoy TDX 1 loudspeakers DSP processor
- 1x Cloud single zone pre-amplifier with remote wall panel control
- 1x Formula Sound limiter to comply with local council noise limits