I have been working far too hard over the winter at the closest thing Ive ever had to a 'desk job' ...doing some computor animating using animatronic performance developed hand controls.
The childrens series has 26 half hour episodes ..so there has been lots of animation to wade through .It has been long hours of sitting at a computor screen, I wont complain as it has kept the bills paid since October.
But it has kept me away from home , and my workshop over the Winter ...and so unable to build all the new puppets I had promised myself , and do refurbishments to some of my current ones.
Consequently I have been experienceing Punch and Judy withdrawal symptoms.
But to counter this I plumped for some 'Retail Therapy' and have just treated myself to a Mipro 707 system ( ahhhh back to Topic at last I hear you cry ! )
All I can say is , it is a thing of beauty and a joy.
All my booths have Adestra amps , same as Les' and two horn speakers.
And as they are 'built in' so to speak I will keep them onbaord as 'belt and braces' if theres ever a problem with the Mipro , or if that system suits the location /venue better ...but boy oh boy the Mipro is good !
I didnt opt for the built in CD or tape player in the back of the unit ..as I like to control my music from inside the booth ( and although I hadnt thought about it this way , as Chris points out , running such a music player as part of the device is an extra drain on the batteries )
I went for the two UHF radio recievers ( mulitichannel) and then two 'body-pack' senders ( the sort of unit that clips on your belt or goes in a pocket ...one to take a tie clip microphone , and the other to connect to an MP3 player via a jack -lead ( supplied by mipro , and more normally used to connect an electric Guitar to the body pack)
RESULT : wireless speech and music to the Mipro speaker Unit outside the booth
The Unit ran yesterday for over 9 hours continuously playing my pre show music in the Hallway downstairs , while the MP3 and bodypack 'Sender' were with me upstairs in my office , quite a distance and two brick walls away from the unit ( so no worries about it transmitting through canvass , or even a wooden booth)
Even the 9v battery in the 'bodypack' only needed changing after 5 hours .... by the end I was sick of hearing my pre-show music going round and round , but it was good to test everything and find that the unit works that long on its internal batteries ( good job Im detatched , or I would have driven the neighbours bonkers too )
It may well have run for longer , but I aborted the test to go to bed
Doubtless I wont be getting as long out of the batteries after a few seasons use ...but these things happen , and spares are easy to get.
I cant wait to try it out , and have a suitable venue next Saturday.
It was expensive , but a good investment .
I heard Mark Andrews show with the same unit last Year ... Music really does so much better than out of horn speakers , and vocals are nice and clear , with a rich warm tone too.
Carl Durbin also swears by Mipro , although I havnt seen his show using his 505 system ..when he comes to covent garden he uses his 12v amp and horn speakers ( as will I for some venues )
Nice to have the option of plenty of power and volume when you need it though.
All the Best Richard