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  1. maplecap

    Buy a new wireless

    Well, you'd only be dealing with one cable in that scenario, and you're holding its source and wearing what it's connected to. Unless you're likely to hand it off to someone else sometimes, I think the risks and complexities of the additional wireless in that situation outweigh the convenience. About 25-yrs ago, out of necessity, doing reality police TV, running and gunning with a crew of two (camera and sound — sometimes I'd be camera, sometimes I'd be sound), I would often tape a phantom power unit for a 416 and an early Lectro Tx onto the boom pole, even if I was wearing a bag with a mixer. Obviously an extreme example, where things were "hairy" and hectic. (Big and heavy cams back then. Getting in and out of cars fast, getting tossed about during pursuits, running and jumping fences, etc. Sometimes in snow and ice. All while wearing "bulletproof" vests, and maybe some atypical things on your belt.) With wireless lav(s) on cop(s) and me booming and "mixing" and sending wireless to camera, this allowed me both the safety of not getting literally tangled up in a truly dangerous situation, plus the option to ditch the mixer altogether.
  2. Inspect the handles of Pelican 1300 cases with SLA batteries in them and make your own determination. Look at what's holding the approx 30 lb weight. It was obvious to me from the first time I picked one up that the total weight is considerably higher than the case was designed for. When I saw the dinky pin on mine working its way out under light use I knew it was real safety issue and decided to correct it. Btw, I've had to reset the much larger handle pins on big Pelican cases countless times. The're just pressed in and work their way out. I use a large, smooth jaw adjustable pliers for that. And I've had the latch retaining pins pop out lots of times, especially on 1600 cases. I used to have a bag of extra pins and latches from Pelican that would travel with our gear all over the country for inevitable field repairs.
  3. Using the Pelican 1300 for a batt case is pretty common, and several sound houses have long sold custom assembled ones. However, it has been my observation that the resulting weight clearly exceeds what the Pelican 1300 was designed for. As such, I've always been attentive to the pins that hold the handle to the case, which can be problematic on Pelican cases in general but pose a substantial safety concern here. On the 1300 the pin can easily work its way out of one of the two thin blades of plastic on each side of the handle, and you might have a drop occur. You do not want the battery-loaded case falling on your foot or anyone else's. Here's a simple mod I did to mine. I replaced the measly stock 1/4" diameter pressed-in handle pins with 1/4" low clearance bolts, washers, low clearance nuts, and cotter pins to keep it all safely attached. I used aerospace surplus hardware from Luky's in North Hollywood. You could also use an appropriate length clevis pin and hair cotter pin. On the current version of the case you need to clear 0.66" inside plastic, but you don't want the head or fastening hardware interfering with space under the handle or the use of the latches. After the modification pictured, when the latches snap down they do contact the nuts but are not impaired and are fully seated. The cable ties are on the case simply as an additional safety measure. Btw, I've read warnings about potential battery outgassing while charging, but the automatic pressure valves used on Pelican cases in recent years are designed to allow air out but not in. I would expect that should suffice as a safety vent, but it would probably be wise to crack the case when charging. Anyway, with this mod I have confidence that the handle won't come off when carrying the very-heavy-for-its-size case.
  4. Competition reality show for the Food Network, traveling with six camera/sound/producer teams, has added a scenario for Saturday 05/19 in Amarillo TX. They now need an additional sound mixer for Saturday. Production is willing to fly in a mixer from a larger, nearby city, such as Oklahoma City, Dallas, Albuquerque, Denver, etc. Would probably travel Sat AM. Rate is 450/12. Per diem provided. Production supplying all equipment (I have reviewed the sound gear inventory and see Sound Devices 552 mixers, both Lectro and Zaxcom wireless, Sanken lavs, Senn MKH 60 shotguns and K-Tek poles). (Edit: Contact info deleted as this is no longer current.)
  5. maplecap

    Is the Nomad a no brainer?

    I agree about past experience and preference/familiarity with different manufacturer's products being relevant. That's why I had also posted the same thing that you did here; it's not a no brainer until you play with it yourself and compare it to other options. My point, of course, was for the OP to get his hands on it first, if possible. Don't buy on hype. Just like test driving a car, he might not like the model that others are fawning over.
  6. maplecap

    Is the Nomad a no brainer?

    I can tell you, but then you can't tell Rado. That's one of the only rules for membership in the special group. (And there's a lot of members.)
  7. maplecap

    Is the Nomad a no brainer?

    Rado, I think you might have mixed up your pills tonight. (Again.) Sorry, OP. Apparently Rado can't take a little humor at his expense. (Even when he invites it.)
  8. maplecap

    Is the Nomad a no brainer?

  9. maplecap

    Is the Nomad a no brainer?

    It's one thing to have an informed opinion and a personal preference. But making a general statement that the 744T is outdated and not practical is absurd. However, you do change your mind an awful lot, so maybe that's just the latest gear purchase rationalization. .
  10. maplecap

    Is the Nomad a no brainer?

    Absolutely not, IMO. Unless you've personally played with one and compared it to other options, a considerable expense like that or selecting such an important piece of gear should probably not be a no brainer. I was very disappointed with the Nomad when I played with one. I found the sharp chassis edges to be unrefined and unacceptable, and in general I did not not care for the feel of the unit. Operationally, I found it to be unintuitive and disliked the interface. It may be a very capable recorder and might be ideal for some people. But for me, well, if I were to make a Mac/PC analogy, I'm a Mac guy and the Nomad felt very PC. That's not a potentially controversial analogy, is it? Anyway, my first impressions of the Nomad, hands-on, just reaffirmed my appreciation of Sound Devices gear. Your mileage may vary.
  11. maplecap

    Boom Operators Gear/Equipment

    Personally, I wouldn't consider plastic lenses "fantastic optics," and most of their stuff is polycarbonate. Randolph Engineering has also long manufactured the same type of sunglasses for US government and military pilots, and they're still made in the USA, with glass lenses for relatively low prices. Ray-Ban was a supplier, as well, when they were made in USA. A lot of that is marketing babble. Imported polycarbonate lens Oakley's are doled out to troops in Afghanistan. But they, and pilots, can usually wear the glasses they prefer or carry the light they prefer or the knife they prefer or the watch they prefer - though often with restrictions.
  12. maplecap

    Event TR 6

    I recall that I experienced occassional radio interference with my TR-5s when they were wired with some lengthy Mogami TRS cables from a Motu 828. When I changed over to a DAC I wired them with some old AudioQuest Ruby one meter RCA interconnects that I had and haven't experienced that issue since.
  13. maplecap

    Event TR 6

    I was a fan of Event near field monitors and have used their TR-5 bi-amp'd monitors for years in a home workstation. Mac --> Beresford Caiman DAC --> Event TR-5 monitors. I've listened to a lot of music through them and haven't ever heard comparably priced, small-ish, powered monitors that I thought sounded better at moderate levels. The TR-5s do not impress at high volume, though. If the TR-6s are in good condition and you can get them at a good price, give them a try. If you're using something else, maybe since he's your buddy you can audition them in your setup before buying. Btw, both the TR-5 and TR-6 monitors were made in USA.
  14. maplecap

    Nomad 6 or 8?

    It's not a backup if it's on the same card.
  15. maplecap

    opinions wanted on wireless

    Yeah, I was going to point out that there's only one shark fin antenna on the list, not a pair.