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Simon Paine

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  1. I don't doubt that a single 411 vs a single SR(A,B,C) in single channel mode in a clean RF environment will have pretty similar results. I think most people who are looking into the SRC's (myself included) are especially interested in being able to just run one receiver unit for 2 channels and therefore reduce weight,space and battery draw. I'm also interested in hearing user feedback, from people using there SRC in that particular way, (2 channel mode operating in a somewhat crowded RF environment.) So far the 411 is the king in that situation, but I'm ready to dethrone him !
  2. 24 and 26 worked for me a few years ago.
  3. Getting in and out isn't long, no longer then my older harness. However, you can't wear the harness on its own, the mixer bag makes up an important part of the overall system. So if you want to drop the mixer bag, you need to remove the harness. Not a big deal for me. I tend to keep myself "geared up" and ready to go until lunch or a longish break.
  4. Sure Thing: The upper pouch is called the F.I.G.H.T. first aid pouch. I like it because it can quickly be removed via the strap and velcro, but you don't need to undo the Tac-Tie straps. Very quick to get on and off. The square hip pouches that just fit a slim V-Mount (to give you an idea of size) are called 4.5 X 6.0 Padded Pouch I like the size and the fact that they have more MOLLE webbing and velcro on the outside so you can attach another item to them. I have a few other Maxpedition bags and pouches that I swap in and out depending on the gig. There stuff is well built.
  5. The Metris, Pro Master and full sized Transits are all really nice vans. But my first generation (for North America) Ford Transit Connect just won't die. I've been really happy with it. Starts every time, carries a ton of gear and has needed little to no work beyond oil changes. However, my '89 Vanagon Westfalia is another story. It's funny how most of my non industry friends (and even some industry colleagues) think its funny how in to vans I am, lol.
  6. Just wanted to do a little followup on my K-Tek Harness. I've been using it for quite a while now and I'm still loving it. The rigid spine has been amazing for my back. I've also recently been taking advantage of the MOLLE webbing that is stitched into the harness. I wanted to avoid having to bring a backpack with me while working, so I sourced some pouches from Maxpedition. I use the upper middle pouch for wet weather gear and/or spare XLR. The two square hip pouches are a nice fit. I can fit 1 slim V-mount in one of them and the other I keep mic accessories,tape etc. I also got 2 "Rolli Polli" pouches from Maxpedition. In this upper photo you can see them when they are rolled up and stowed, but as you can see on the lower picture, the quickly open up into a large catch all pouch. The smaller one on the right is perfect size for a water bottle or to stow a shotgun mic with a Softie. The larger one at the back is perfect for at the end of the day when taking back wireless mics or IFB's and you just need to stash them somewhere until you get back to your vehicle. Overall I've been really happy with the K-Tek Harness. Pros: Rigid Spine for back support, MOLLE webbing for attaching pouches, ventilated shoulder straps, 6 attachment points to your mixer for weight distribution. Cons: only had one issue with the harness, the front sternum strap is attached to the shoulder straps via two plastic connectors that allow you to slide it up and down to fit. I've had the strap slip all the way down and completely off the harness on a several occasions and getting it back on is tricky. Maybe on a future update they can add a little stitching to the bottom of the sliding strap to prevent it from slipping off. But having said that, it's a small issue when compared to the many benefits of the harness. For those interested, Maxpedition is having a clearance sale. Many of the pouches I use and lots more are on sale right now. http://www.maxpedition.com
  7. I love my K-Tek Harness. Less back aches then when using my older harness. Only issue I keep having is with the sternum strap. It keeps sliding down and off the adjustable sliding attachement point. I will have to stitch something on to the bottom to prevent it from slipping off. It can be quite tricky to get it back on.
  8. Just learned recently that longtime manager of Trew Audio Toronto, Tyler Wade has left. I've been dealing with him for many years, right from the very start of Trew opening in Toronto. He was always friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and I looked forward to seeing him when I would make it down to the Toronto store. He really came through for me on a few last minute gear requests, went to bat for me when dealing with a certain manufacturer and one time, even stayed after hours to wait for me to arrive so I could pick up a special piece of gear I absolutely needed the very next day. Our shared love of the Montreal Canadiens insured we got along, but his dedication to his customers is what has kept me going back to Trew for many years. We are lucky to have such dedicated people working for us at all the location audio dealers. We would never get this kind of service from online or big box music stores, and Tyler was a great example of that level of service. Thanks Tyler, and good luck in your next project.
  9. I have an old VDB you can have. It's been sitting in the basement forever. I sent it to VDB for repairs, but they said it was beyond saving. Still complete, but it just doesn't lock up anymore.
  10. Thanks for the offer Brian. I borrowed some from another source and I'm just waiting for prototypes to come back for testing.
  11. I'll add to your praise of the light Jim. Three things that impress me with this very inexpensive little unit: 1: The head is very slim, never in the way. 2: The on off switch is located on the light source itself, so you don't have to go into the soundbag pocket to operate a switch at the base of the lamp. 3: The gooseneck seems to be good quality. I've been bending it every which way for months and it's still in great shape.
  12. Hey Danny, The light is made by a company called OttLite. My wife picked it up from Costco for a reading light, and I ended up "borrowing" it for my bag setup. Runs forever on the internal aaa batts, or it also has a DC jack that I hope to mod at some point to plug into my Audio Root BDS. http://products.ottlite.com/p-429-led-book-light.aspx We're looking into it. Probably be 3 - 411's to keep it low profile to fit the bags designed for the 633.
  13. Unfortunately the Soundbag Dashboards don't fit the Lectro SR's with the batt sled accessory attached.
  14. I just picked up a couple of pouches from Maxpedition for just that purpose. They're stuff is really high quality, you should check them out.
  15. Just want to say that I spent this last week using my new K-Tek harness and I am a very happy customer. My concern before buying it was how bulky and/or rigid it might be as compared to my trusty, well worn and broken in Versa-flex (I've been using it for 19 years !) In fact, the Versa-flex harness is the one piece of equipment that I have never switched out, it has been with me since my first year in the biz. Over the years it has kind of formed to my body and feels really comfortable, but I was looking for something with a little more support, and after that many years even with lots of washing the Versaflex is starting to be a little dingy. When I saw the promo video for the K-tek, it looked like it might be just the solution I was looking for, but I was hesitant because it seemed like it might be big and cumbersome but it has been exactly the opposite. It is very flexible and breathable in the shoulder and waist straps, and only rigid where you need it, in the spine area. Having the extra pair of mounting points, as compared to my Versaflex, really does seem to make a difference to the feeling of carrying the weight. I'm totally sold on the new harness and I might just be retiring the Versaflex now. If anyone is on the fence about getting this harness, I suggest you head down to your favourite retailer and try one for yourself. Hopefully this harness will be good for my next 20 years in the biz !
  16. The JR bag is too small to fit a Dashboard. But the small bag is a great fit.
  17. Hi Jim, It's the Soundbag Dashboard model 633V2 in a special orange anodized colour. That model is for sale here: http://soundguy-audio-solutions.myshopify.com/products/633-v2 But only in the colour Blue or Black. The orange Dashboards were a small batch made for colour testing purposes.
  18. For those who were asking about the new K-Tek size small Stingray bag, here is picture of it with a 633 and Dashboard, to give you an idea of sizing.
  19. My newly put together bag. All gear in the new K-Tek Stingray small.
  20. To keep size down, not all Soundbag Dashboards have room for slots for antenna cabling for a distro system. However we did manage to incorporate slots in to a few of our models. The 664Bv2, 664C, 664D and 788B all feature holes for antenna cable. My personal bag kit (664C) is being fitted righ now with an Antenna distro. I'll post up pictures when it's done and ready.
  21. ok, gotcha. I thought what Jose posted was an actual product. Nice work Jose. I'll see if I can get my hands on some Zaxcom wireless gear and start seeing whats possible.
  22. looks to me like Zaxcom has come up with a pretty good solution for carrying there wireless gear in a bag. The cages I see in these pictures seem pretty good. What would you want a Soundbag Dashboard to do differently ?
  23. is the Micplexer2 the same size as the QRX200 and QRX100 ? (i'm assuming the 200 and 100 are the same dimensions as well?)
  24. Here you go Matt. Don't have open sides I'm afraid, but it gives you a good idea from the top. Still room in front of the dashboard in the main pouch. **please note this is the older model KSRA1, not the new Stingray Small**
  25. Hi Jose, Thanks for the compliments and suggestion. I'll ask this to you and all Zaxcom users, Is that something that would be popular with Nomad users ? Given the choice between a Dashboard holding 6 - 411's vs 3 SRB's, which would Nomad owners prefer ? And what about accommodating BDS's ? Hi Allen, Glad you're liking your Dashboard. Always great to hear from satisfied customers ! Maybe if you get a chance, could you post a picture of your setup ?
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