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    the Cosi is up on Trew's site and is listed at $529. I was hoping for a $400 price point based on the LEO ($150) + Osix ($250) comment, and at $529 the step up to the Pianissimo isn't far away.
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    DPA 3mm lav mic

    That's what their specs say for all of their mics. but they behave just fine with the 3.3v of Zaxcom. very slightly higher noise floor, but nothing that impacts normal use
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    Favorite Slate

    And one more addendum, I don't offer a discount off the bat. But if there is negotiation, it is something that I'll be willing to commit to without much pushing... again as long as the rest of the rate is reasonable. For instance, if their equipment needs are $550/day but they say they only have $400/day for gear ($2000/week) I would say "Since the gig is X weeks long, I'd be willing to offer 4 day weeks - where the equipment rental is free on the 5th day" If they say yes to this, I still talked them up $200/week on their rate, and built in protections where if the last week runs short, they won't get a prorated discount.
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    Favorite Slate

    Generally when quoting a rate for a client I'll suss out their equipment needs before I'll give them a rate. Sure, I have a "usual basic package" that is 2 wireless, boom and recorder that is $300/day, but if the client says in the original call that they only need 1 wireless, a TC box, a slate, and 2 IFB then I could give them a package rate for that, usually with a slight discount from a true a la carte rate. They feel like they are getting a deal, and it puts a round number on the invoice. Then when they comeback later if they need more they can order off the menu. Also, rental houses tend to give heavy discounts on longer rentals. I won't do 3 day weeks, but I might do 4 day weeks if the gig is 3+ weeks long (no 10 day months either!) but this is only if they're not fighting me on what a normal rental rate is.
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    Favorite Slate

    The prevailing rate for timecode is $50/thing/day so if you have 2 cameras needing lockits, and a timecode slate that's $150/day added to the invoice for a la carte items. In general, the popular way of coming up with rental rates in our community is roughly 2% of the purchase price as a daily charge as a starting point. But higher if it isn't an item you constantly control (comtek, timecode device, slate) and therefor subject to higher wear and tear OR something specialized that is rarely needed. The rental fees not only cover the cost to buy the device, but also pay for maintenance, repair, insurance, storage, and depreciation of that device. Talk to the other mixers in your market and look at the rental rate sheets from the usual suspects to put together your price list. Everyone's list doesn't have to be exact, but as long as we're all in the same ballpark all is good
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    Zoom F8 - Define PFL

    to expand on the answer Jeff gave, the F8(n) can switch between PFL (Pre-fader listen) and Solo modes. Solo is post fader listen. PFL is used for checking sources and signals before being added to a mix, so you can have a fader down and listen to a mic to make sure all is well before that person goes into their scene or whatever. Solo is more of a music or post tool, where you want to briefly isolate a track in-situ at the same level it is in the mix.
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    Bias tee and Betso Sharkie

    Bias Power and amplification are two different things. Bias Power is like Phantom power... which won't make your antenna signal 'louder' or anything, and you shouldn't have a significant voltage drop of the "phantom power" in the coax run. That being said the Sharkie has a +18db Amp, which should be more than you need for most signal runs (unless you are using thin coax cable that are super lossy) As far as Bias power, Your Shures should be just fine but the Professional Wireless Bias-T is what I recommend http://www.professionalwireless.com/product/pws-dual-bias-t-wpower-supply/
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    Mercedes Metris OR Chevrolet Express 3/4?

    A used rescue truck will get you in and out of any set! (Jaws of Life optional) Or you could get one that has it's own ladder for your boom op
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    You think WE'VE got sync problems?

    Now I want hummus
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    Simultaneous Translation

    I suppose you could replace your translator feed with a box from JK Audio attached to a phone and then dial in the translator (so they wouldn't need to be on site) but you still need to accommodate extra boxes in your kit, PLUS the issues of an always on cellphone call. In a similar situation, I would have probably done the same thing you did.
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    Rechargeable Batteries for TX

    Never had an issue with those battery holders, many years on with both Eneloop (white and black) as well as powerex.
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    DIY sma antenna

    Looks good. What wire are you using? Also, always good to share is the diy dipole from Gordon at Lectrosonics
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    Rechargeable battery management on location

    That Pelican 1060 with battery caddies is slick.
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    Boompole end exit to side exit conversion?

    2 of these connected together? https://www.amazon.com/LyxPro-positioned-different-interfere-applications/dp/B073X2SDMJ But what you probably should look for is a shorty XLR with a right angle on one end and some sort of wrap (K-tek squid?) or something to secure the TX to the pole
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    Alvin's cables, has anyone used them?

    I have 2 of the lemo 3pin push/pull connectors and bought a 10 pack of the hirose connectors. I used the lemos to make a mic level input cables for my Zax TXs. So far they've held up great, haven't tortured them too much, but for the occasional times you need to record a board feed (and monitor) while running around they've been perfect. The hiroses have been keeping my bag powered for a while now. No issues there, but things don't get moved around too much in there to cause mechanical stress. Can't speak on their cable construction, as I've DIYed my own, but so far so good.
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    DPA MMP-G Preamp

    Woke up to an email this morning from DPA showing off their new MMP-G active preamp. http://www.dpamicrophones.com/accessories/mmp-g-modular-active-cable-microdot?utm_source=DPA+Complete&utm_campaign=a95453c69f-d%3Adicate+launch+_14-6-2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a141748c6e-a95453c69f-317165797&mc_cid=a95453c69f&mc_eid=5df15c2087 Looks like DPA's version of the Schoeps CMR. I would love to see some tech specs on it and certainly would like to know if it will work with Zaxcom
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    Ursa Pro Mini AES not working

    Like most BMD products, URSA was designed in vacuum without regard to how the real world works. Should it have src on its inputs? Yes. But also should Zaxcom be able to put out an industry standard 48kHz (as well as normal 23.98 LTC)? Yes.
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    Remoting Nomads Zaxnet Antenna

    This has been sitting in my ebay cart for awhile, https://www.ebay.com/itm/263022626523 I mostly do corporate interviews, so my rubber ducky antenna has worked fine for the past year as I'm at most 10 feet from talent.
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    Soundbag as Hand Luggage

    I fly with my sound bag as my personal item, a carry on pelican as my "carry on," and if needed a larger pelican with more gear checked. I have a VdB small pole that fits easily in the carry on case, and if needed I can usually get the camera department to pack a longer pole in their tripod case. You need to be careful though, as your flight could be too full to accommodate your carry on, so you'll need to be ready to pull your batteries out and hand carry them on the plane. So because of this it is often worth it to buy the early boarding upgrade. Check with the airlines your are flying for both their rules as well as the destination countries rules. US rules limit you to 100 wH batteries as carry ons, with larger batteries if approved by the airline and pilot (they won't be)
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    Custom low profile right angle plugs - Seen this?

    for $10 a connector it certainly wins the cost vs. labor debate. The current $20 connectors were too much in my opinion. I've heard rumors that new mini connectors were coming from Cable Techniques, and now that they are here I'll be getting a couple to replace the "good enough" DIY monstrosities in my kit.
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    Folding Bag Cart v1.0

    Not the same, but similar versions Baby pin version: http://www.filmtools.com/carts-and-dollies/cart-accessories/magliner-5-8-side-baby-pin-mag-np-sd.html Dual side mast mount: http://www.filmtools.com/carts-and-dollies/cart-accessories/magliner-antenna-base-for-vert-cart.html
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    Zaxcom TRXLA-series Protective Case

    Any progress update on this?
  23. 2.4ghz is a frequency not a protocol. Wifi, Bluetooth, Zaxnet, and hundreds of other communications protocols operate within that spectrum
  24. The IFB200 can control parameters of the receivers through the menu system on the IFB200, it can also transmit commands sent from a Zaxcom recorder by sending additional data over the LTC timecode stream. If you went with a QRX235 with the IFB board (or QRX100 with IFB) there is a bluetooth dongle and ZaxMote iOS software... but after the initial release it has all but been forgotten.
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    BDS connectors

    The Tensility connectors are too short, they'll fit, but they'll have a lot of play as the shank needs to be 12mm long, not 7.5