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  1. Really nice John.  We have been adopting and fostering for about the same length of time.  They really are like potato chips.  We also had one Galgo along with eight hounds over the years.  Down to just two hounds at this time.  Berry and Jack.  Our last four greys have all been black ones.  

    Berry Jack.jpg

  2. John, my first three versions were bag type setups.  One version was an aluminum frame covered in cordura nylon fabric with pouches for the wireless and accessories.  The frame was wedge shaped with the battery and distro system in the bottom of the wedge.  A bit heavier than my current wedge bag.  I didn't like it as well since I had gear and wires hanging on the outside.  At that point I didn't have the Hydra system.

    Most of my work is from a bag cart, so my current setup works well.

    For transport, I made a Dyneema cover for weather and some protection.  I talked to both the owner of Versaflex and Portabrace about making a bag.  Due to the small numbers of Cantar Minis out there they weren't interested.  I have seen the Protogear bags and believe they would work for the Mini.  I have seen a number of owner made Mini bags on the internet.  My most basic setup is the Mini with a bracket on the side to hold small dual channel receiver.  A couple of Sony camera clips to attach to the lugs on the back and away you go.

    I have attached that image and the wedge bag based on the aluminum frame.

    Please do post photos of your design.





  3. This is a common problem with all of the small SD products going back to the 302, MixPre.  The headphone jacks are part of the single circuit boards these units have.  Much cheaper to produce a single board with everything attached and attach  and simple mount it into the case.  Much like the assembly of the PC.  The cost of repairs becomes greater since you are dealing with board attached connectors.  Hand wiring takes time and adds to production costs.  Ignoring the R&D, I suspect many of the SD products are less than $100 in production costs

    Also my experience has been those connectors used on the all on-one-board designs are not as robust.

  4. One I have wanted to try is the Line Audio CM4.  Very reasonable price of less than 150usd.  Very small. The suggested uses are with various acoustic instruments.  Would love to give it a try with dialog.

    It is very small, about the size of an XLR connector.

  5. No A to D conversion in the Hydra, it only offers mounting, power and control, Daniel.


    I am using one of the Trew 3d printed battery cups, Neil.  It is bolted to the bottom of the wedge, just slide the battery and push.  Solid connection.  I haven't had a battery fall out.

  6. The Cantar Mini saga continues.  The Melody II preamp arrived last week from Gotham.  Finally figured out were to install it in my case wedge.  Here is a photo with the Mini side removed.

    The Melody II allows me to have three SRc receivers connected and still have two mic preamps available.

    The marks on the right Hydra socket are from one of our greyhounds sampling the package.  I suppose he thought it was a new chew toy.

    Melody II.jpg

  7. Good point Philip, system integration if you are already invested in a particular line of gear is important for most of us.  The Hydra system or something like it is nice, as you can use different manufacture's wireless systems, including the ability to mix brands and use them at the same time.

  8. Totally agree with you John.  The learning curve is steeper than SD products, imo.  Really is more flexible.  The lack of a bag and the difficult shape for the Mini is a challenge.  I have built four versions to date.  My latest works for me, no perfect, but for what I have been doing the past year or so, it is ok.  Just got the Melody from Gotham this past week.  Now I will mount that and have a total of 3 SRc receivers installed using the Hydra.



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