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About pverrando

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  1. Don't do it. Do Not Do It. Regardless of intentions, prop and art departments treat most items carelessly. They are working too fast with too many items to do otherwise. Assume it will not come back in the condition you sent it. Do not rent anything to a production that you can't afford to lose.
  2. http://www.txsound.com/blog/repairing-a-broken-lectrosonics-sma-elbow-antenna/
  3. I have the smaller one, and it's very handy. I presume the accuracy is acceptable, the specs indicate it is, but I haven't done a long term test. The display brightness is adjustable, and bright enough for adequate outdoor exposure. The smaller unit lacks the first digit of the hours column, which is represented by a single LED. I don't understand why they did this, as an LED "1" would have been just as easy. (see the photo in the OP link) There is no power switch. The unit is powered off by inverting the 9V battery. I like the pocket size, yet large enough display to be an usable TC slate. Obviously designed by people not intimately familiar with the sound/camera department. A pocket-able generator/slate for an extra camera, DSLR, extra TC generator, or display unit for the script supervisor.
  4. I find reality jobs (at least the jobs I accept) to pay as well, or better, than many commercial calls. Reality is now so heavily scripted, that the days are similar to lightweight sitcom/drama work, except with lots of wireless. Days rarely reach 10 hours, and I happily wear a walkie, as it makes the work more entertaining to me (personally) and I know exactly what's going on (especially lunch break), as that info is never announced aloud by an AD, like it is on a traditional set. Nor do I have to get info second-hand from a boom op, or overheard from various grown-up confabs. Cast are typically much friendlier than tight-assed actors trying to "hone their craft" with mumble-tracks.
  5. Chrismedr, import taxes are waived, as the shipment can be classified as a repair, to be returned after the service. On the customs form, specifiy "return for repair", and I specify "return from repair" when shipping back to you. The cost of shipping has been roughly US$25 worldwide using your country's postal service, YMMV. Those who have chosen to insure shipments, do so for roughly US$600 (enough to make the postal service pay attention and automatically requiring a signature upon delivery). Save shipping weight as much as practical by not including heavy mic enclosures in the package. Thanks for asking. Pete Verrando www.416Tupgrade.com
  6. After a successful year of upgrading Schoeps CMC4 microphones to 48V phantom, I'd like make the JWsound community aware of the www.416Tupgrade.com service, for conversion of T-powered MKH Sennheiser series microphones to 48V phantom power. The upgrade is available for 416, 415, 816, 815, 415 and 406 microphones. http://www.416Tupgrade.com Thank you Pete Verrando
  7. Thank you for the kind words, Philip and John. Yes, I can modify an 815T for 48V. I have done a few Sennheisers unofficially , but am working on the website (416Tupgrade.com) and looking to launch the service at the end of August. -Pete Verrando
  8. Wait! No skull and crossbones? The kids like skulls and crossbones. Something about wanting to be dangerous.
  9. Here is a note I've been meaning to address regarding the upgrade, and will be adding to the website. Some Schoeps CMC4, CMC5, and early CMC6 amplifiers are known for RF "noise-up" issues from plug-on transmitters, remote focus transmitters, etc. The CMC4 upgrade, while adding ferrite beads to transistors T2 and T3 where they are found missing, does not specifically resolve all existing RF issues. I have successfully resolved plug-on RF issues on a custom basis. ( lead-in ferrite beads, increased internal shield coverage, filter capacitors). I have not, however, established a "solve-all" process for RF immunity as part of the CMC4 upgrade. If you plan to use a CMC4 upgrade with a Lectro or Zaxcom plug-on transmitter, let's talk about it first! Thanks for the generous endorsements! Pete Verrando http://www.cmc4upgrade.com
  10. That Coles microphone does a great job in this application. They are still making those mics! The current model is the 4104.
  11. Stacy's from Texas, he knows how to handle a rope.
  12. This is an idea I've been nursing along for the past 2 years, and gradually "rolled out" in January. Since then, I've upgraded about 70 CMC4 amplifiers to 48 volt phantom power, not with an adaptor circuit, but a rebuild of each CMC4 to a schematically correct CMC5 preamplifier. Each is thoroughly tested and adjusted to perform as well, and often better than the original T-power configuration. If you own one or more CMC4's that you'd like to use without the need for an external power supply or barrel adaptor, details of the upgrade are available at http://www.cmc4upgrade.com. Thanks Pete Verrando
  13. You could check for the gasket at Nagra USA in Nashville, or Dan Dugan in San Francisco, or perhaps the usual suspects (Trew, L.S, etc) for old parts inventory. Otherwise, just remove the gasket. If done properly, the machine will look great without it. Using a plastic scraper or plastic knife of some kind, score around where the gasket meets the aluminum, top and bottom, and work some WD-40 under the gasket, let it soak for a day, and repeat for 3 or 4 days. If it doesn't come off cleanly, Wipe off the WD-40 and baste the gasket with alcohol as you remove it gently with a plastic scrape tool. Don't use a razor blade, which will permanently scratch the brushed aluminum underneath. Don't use acetone. Know your solvents. The Nagra E and IS did not use the gasket. Google some photos of these to see how it will look. -Pete Verrando
  14. Well, I speak for myself, but production can be the most utterly tedious process imaginable. Extreme hours, within a 12 hour day(minimum), one may actually "work" less than half the time, the rest of the time spent waiting to work. Other days are techno-slams. So, one's engagement often switches away from the actual craft, and more to the social dynamics of a traveling band of heroes and misfits. Of course, these days, crews spend less time being social and more time tapping smartphones. It is often a fireman's job, going from boring, rudimentary tasks, to suddenly faced with baffling problems involving things like sweaty people, jewelry, paper bags, radio propagation, flaming egos, dirt, animal shit or microelectronics, all while the "grownups" breathe down your neck as you solve them. Set-life can be very much like junior high school- rampant insecurity, arrogance, hierarchal selection, misplaced wealth or privilege, ego, mind games, and an all-time major dedication to Looking Good, Being Right, and Staying In Control. Entertainment industry divorce rate is among the highest of any profession. Many voluntarily leave the film business. Stay too long, and the film business leaves you. What did Hunter S Thompson say about the TV business? The above being said, as a mixer without anywhere near the credentials of these Hollywood sound giants that lurk here, I do love the job. I embrace the insanity, every day is like visiting a circus/asylum, and I get to go home to my fams at the end of most days.