Our History

Melbourne Music Centre evolved from its parent company, Melbourne P.A. & Stage, founded in 1991 by owner and manager Brad Coates. The basic premise was to buy, sell and trade used professional P.A. and Lighting equipment.

Brad Coates has gained a wealth of knowledge in the music industry spanning over 3 decades. An accomplished musician, Brad spent many years on the road touring and recording with a variety of bands. His long and illustrious career has seen him work in the capacity of Performing Musician, Film & Recording Artist, Session Musician and P.A. Consultant.

A natural progression from updating and replacing his P.A. and Stage Equipment saw Brad dealing in used equipment from his home garage as an independent "backyard" trader since early 1981. The popularity and growth of this business was such that it necessitated the acquisition of retail operating premises and an established business plan.

So, it was that in October 1991 Melbourne P.A. & Stage Equipment opened its doors for business at 523 North Rd. Ormond, Victoria.

An underlying philosophy of Melbourne P.A. & Stage Equipment has been to provide quality second hand equipment, quality service and informed advice. To this end, Brad Coates assembled a staff of experienced music industry professionals to cover all areas of music production and sound reinforcement. The staff are also working musicians and / or recording engineers and their combined knowledge and expertise is always on hand to assist any enquiry. To complete the team a technician was taken on board whose primary function is to service and quality test all second-hand equipment sold by Melbourne P.A. & Stage Equipment.