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  1. Alex Sullivan

    In ear Cueing

    Still no luck on the search for whatever this system may have been. I'll go with a Phonak. On a separate but related issue, has anyone found a push-to-talk electret 2-wire mic that works well with a Comtek BST-75 transmitter? I'm trying to build a streamlined portable setup for the cueing side. Was hoping to avoid needing to power and include a separate mic pre-amp for this.
  2. Alex Sullivan

    In ear Cueing

    Thanks for the thoughts re: Bone conductive ear pieces. That does seem to be the way in which you could hear from behind the ear. Unfortunately I cannot find any system that doesn't rely on bluetooth for sending audio to them.
  3. Alex Sullivan

    In ear Cueing

    I'm due to start working with an actor who I'm told uses some kind of behind-the-ear cueing system. As in not something inserted into the ear canal but something that hangs off of and behind the ear. Does anyone know what this system might be?
  4. I've got my cart and follow cart (both Filmtools carts) riding on airless tires from a company called American Airless http://www.americanairless.com/ They ride slightly harder, but easier than air tires filled to capacity but they've been fine for over a year's use now. Also they will develop small flat spots if the cart sits for a few days but they roll out after a pushing them around a bit, no big deal. Alex
  5. Here's an interesting article that describes a method that could solve the issues surrounding availability of RF bandwidth. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17221490 (null)
  6. Fair point. I guess I had gotten so used to AT&T's stellar service that I forgot you could do that, talk on a phone...
  7. Just upgraded to the new 4S from a severely worn & torn 3GS and have been actively using it for a few days now. I have to say that Siri was the feature I least expected to care about and now realize is the single reason for getting a 4S. Its way more than voice control, it recognizes speech and transcribes with amazing accuracy. I used to wait until I got home to type lengthy email replies because using the touch screen took too long to type anything beyond a few words. With Siri I am able to speak at length and it transcribes the entire message with very few mistakes. In fact the only time it seems to make mistakes are when you string words too closely together as you speak. It makes interaction with the phone and getting information and delivering it, via email or text for example, much faster. As an example, in the google maps app I needed to get directions to a location on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, now see how long it takes to type that on a touch screen versus saying it. While I will admit that one could end up looking like an idiot (or twat) talking into the phone it is a far more useful feature than I had anticipated.
  8. Thank you all for posting on this. I suppose I should have done the math myself regarding the power requirements of the SRA before posting my question but it is always nice to hear from those who have actually used a piece of equipment to verify what the experience was actually like. Regards to all, and thanks again. Alex
  9. Hello All, I have a question for anyone using a Lectro SRA receiver with the battery sled. How much run time are you getting from your battery and what model of battery are you using? I'd like to purchase a couple of batteries for this purpose and strike a nice balance between size and run time. I'm hoping to find a solution that could be powered for most of the day with one or two batteries. Also, any experiences from those using the 9V battery box on the same sled would be much appreciated. Thanks. Alex
  10. The most recent modification I asked him to do for me was to re-block/re-tune my Lectro UMC16B to blocks 19-26 from its original 21-29. He's a very knowledgeable engineer and so if you've got something in mind ask him and I'm sure he'd be happy to help if he can.
  11. Although I haven't had this specific issue I have had several SMa's go for a swim and otherwise need repair. I've had great service by Jerry at Jaycee Communications, Lectro's only other place to get warranty repair work done in the US. I've never had to wait for more than a few days for him to turn around any repair or mod I've asked him to do, vs sending to Lectro has always meant a wait of a few weeks in my experience. Give him a call: Jerry (718) 428-7818 www.lectrorepair.com Hope this helps. Alex
  12. The Pop-N-Work tents seemed to have a better fit & finish when I was comparing the two. The center caps that pop out the sides had nice rubber covered metal parts and the material felt almost like a strong cordua-like fabric. The Pelsue by comparison seemed to have more "slop" in the mechanism and the material seemed to fit more loosely over the frame. Here's a picture of mine in a Brooklyn park earlier this year.
  13. A couple of years ago I purchased a 6x6 Pop-N-Work tent. Its very similar to the Pelsue but higher quality, and also cost a little bit more, but if you don't mind paying for quality I'd highly recommend them. They also pop up in seconds and when collapsed roll onto themselves with clips like a tortilla so no bag necessary to store them in either. Another nice feature is that they have a close-able vent hole for heating vents if you need to have the heater outside of the tent. You can custom order them with different door configurations and screened windows if you want with velcro covers. I've had many a day in the pouring rain & blizzards with no leaks. They also sell electric heaters too. The company that makes them make all kinds of other outdoor stuff for utility companies. Here's the link: http://www.popnwork.com/ Hope this helps. Alex
  14. After trying every model I could get my hands on I've been very happy with two of the poles I've got. An 18ft coil cabled Loon and an uncabled 16ft Panamic Maxi. The Panamics cannot be cabled due to the design of the knuckles. I work a lot with a boom op who prefers the uncabled, still not sure why, but everyone else I seem to work with prefers the cabled, which would be my choice if booming. Alex
  15. I gotta agree 100% with you Jan on being remote! My whole setup is built around the same principle. It helps one keep sane and freedom of speech is a lot easier to maintain when they're not right on top of you ;-) FYI, I recently visited a mixer on set who had a small convex mirror on his cart so he could see if anyone had walked up behind him! I'm getting one today. Alex
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