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Donald Dunphy
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On 2005-07-03 01:34, Brian Lehr wrote:
While I do have a nice workable sound system, I don't relish the idea of carrying it to a birthday party or daycare, along with a suitcase table and extra suitcase filled with hats and other supplies. So today I went to Radio Shack (now called "The Source" in Canada) and purchased the little system shown on magicsells.com

It sounds great in our living room, but the real test will come on Tuesday when I do my next show. I asked the store salesman if I could return it next week if it didn't meet my requirements this week, and he said that would be fine. So I figured I had nothing to lose anyway. I don't know how much they're selling for in other Radio Shack stores, but I paid $49.95 in Canadian Funds ($40.14 US).

Brian


Here's a link to the item that Brian talked about. If you are a Canadian, and you go into a The Source store, the stock number is 321-2015. It's not on the U.S. Radio Shack website.

I don't know anything about the quality of this product, but I wouldn't expect the world for that type of investment.

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It is certainly worth looking into at any rate. Just make sure you can test it out and make sure the sound quality is up to par and your voice is clear and concise when amplified.

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I never used this amp but I've seen Duane Laflin use it in his lectures. It is not one for a lage Area HONEYTONE MINI AMP

Like Kyle I have the Fender Passport 150 and the Passport 250 and the Flordia system. I use the Florida system often because is is small and portable. (Birthday Parties)
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The sound system that Donald and Brian mention is indeed the same system that I sell on http://www.magicsells.com

It is an excellent battery-operated (AA batteries) sound system for home parties of upto about 40 people. I use mine at every birthday show I do, even if there are only 8 kids. It saves my voice and I never have to raise my voice. I also use it for strolling magic at outdoor company picnics.

I don't know if it is suitable for SwissKid because he hasn't told us the audience size he needs it for. Also, you cannot plug in music. It is a small unit that you wear on your belt. If you have my Magic Class DVD you can see it in action.

If you'd like to know the story behind this unit, I originally bought one from Radio Shack in the U.S. After using it for about a year at every show and loving it, I foolishly left it at an outdoor gig and when I went back the next day it was gone.

So I tried to find a replacement, but Radio Shack told me they were discontinuing the item. I called their corporate office and asked them if they could find a store that still had one and after checking the inventory they told me they had about 150 left nationwide. I liked them so much, I bought all of them!

After selling them to almost every local magician who saw them, I put up the MagicSells site and have been selling them there. I only have a few left and then that's it. Once they are all gone, you'll have to go to Canada to get one! Maybe there is a business opportunity for you, Donald!!!

Actually, I had no idea The Source (Canadian Radio Shack) were selling them. That's very interesting that they are selling them in Canada and not in the U.S. I just checked and The Source only ships to Canadian addresses, so if you live in Canada you should buy from them because they are cheaper. If you live in the U.S. unfortunately you'll have to pay a little bit more and get one from http://www.magicsells.com

By the way, for larger shows, I use a Fender P10W and for school shows I use a Fender PD150.

And Happy Fourth of July everyone! This is my first Independence Day as a U.S. citizen!

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I owned the Radio Shack product for a while and evenutally gave it away. I found that the volume wasn't anywhere loud enough for performing purposes and the size and weight of the unit made it impractical. I just didn't like having that huge, bulky unit attached to my belt and all of the batteries it required made it very heavy. Now, this was a couple of years ago, and maybe they have improved the product.

For a cheap, affordable PA system, look for a new or used karaoke machine. They have really come down in price. But, be sure to test it out first. Some of the really cheap ones have very poor sound quality and are not very loud. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for.

Alternatively, you could get a karaoke/DVD player to hook up to your existing amplifier. To get the microphone to work at the same time you play the music, all you need to do is plug the micrphone into the karaoke instead of the amp.

As for the analogy with the plastic canes versus the metal ones, I don't believe that to be a fair comparison. Audiences may not be able to see the difference between the two tyes of canes during your show. However, they will be able to immediately hear the difference between a good sound system and a poor one. That will affect the quality of your performance and your reputation.

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On 2005-07-03 01:34, Brian Lehr wrote:
While I do have a nice workable sound system, I don't relish the idea of carrying it to a birthday party or daycare, along with a suitcase table and extra suitcase filled with hats and other supplies. So today I went to Radio Shack (now called "The Source" in Canada) and purchased the little system shown on magicsells.com

It sounds great in our living room, but the real test will come on Tuesday when I do my next show. I asked the store salesman if I could return it next week if it didn't meet my requirements this week, and he said that would be fine. So I figured I had nothing to lose anyway. I don't know how much they're selling for in other Radio Shack stores, but I paid $49.95 in Canadian Funds ($40.14 US).

Brian


Here's a link to the item that Brian talked about. If you are a Canadian, and you go into a The Source store, the stock number is 321-2015. It's not on the U.S. Radio Shack website.

I don't know anything about the quality of this product, but I wouldn't expect the world for that type of investment.

- Donald


I think this would be my best bet, thanks! How loud can this get? Can it work for shows with perhaps up to 20 loud kids?
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I checked that out and it looks pretty nice. I was wondering if anyone had bought one and used it and if so how you liked it or did not like it. I am looking for a decent and good quality sound system that is portable enough for when I do my outdoor strolling magic at festival style events. This may be an option.

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James said it was great. Though his price is a bit higher, so sorry James, but I think I will have to go with the Canadian one.
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On 2005-07-04 13:56, SwissKid 52 wrote:
I think this would be my best bet, thanks! How loud can this get? Can it work for shows with perhaps up to 20 loud kids?


No sound system will work for 20 loud kids, or even 5 loud kids, simply because they are not listening to you. However the system will allow you to project your voice loud enough to get their attention, and when they hopefully settle down then they will hear you quite comfortably. And you won't be straining your voice.

I like the Honeytone system that Dennis mentioned. If this one doesn't work to my liking, I may check that one out.

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Brian:

Is the honeytone system portable enough for a strolling format show? I am looking for something I can use on me when doing strolling magic outisde and can project my voice a bit louder while maintinaing a nice quality of sound.

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On 2005-07-04 15:39, magic4u02 wrote:
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Is the honeytone system portable enough for a strolling format show? I am looking for something I can use on me when doing strolling magic outisde and can project my voice a bit louder while maintinaing a nice quality of sound.

Kyle


Kyle,

I don't have this system yet, but I did like what I read on Dennis Michael's post (a few posts back). It seems to be perfect for a strolling.

Dennis also has a link in his post that shows what the little speaker looks like, and it looks very nice to me. Maybe drop him a PM to see if he's had personal experience with the system.

Brian
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Thanks. I know Den personally as he lives near me. I will have to ask him about it. It may be what I am looking for for my strolling stuff. Thanks again.

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Kyle,
The Honey Tone is portable enough to wear. It ahs a clip that you could slip over a belt. It's 4.24" x 5" x 2.25" and must wiegh less than a pound.

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I just saw this and it looks like a real possibility. What type of mics can hook into this? I have several but most of the mics I own have receivers and an unit you wear. I am wondering how I can hook a good lapel or headset mic into this. It sounds like a good idea for what I need for my strolling magic. I just need soemthing to amplify the voice a bit so that I do not lose my voice over the hours I am doing my stuff outdoors. Thanks for the help guys and gals.

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I don't have it "just because" I have so many other system now. I did get to see the belt system but the voice on that was rather tinny. The Honeytone worked well for Duane at KIdabra and at the Clownfest in a sizable room so it may the reasonable under $50 choice.
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Thanks Den. I may have to check that out. It looks like a good option for me.

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Man this thread got big. Now I can't pick between the Honeytone and the belt one, ahhhh.
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As The Source by Circuit City, is no longer affiliated with Radio Shack, but now with Circuit City, you might try searching the Circuit City stores in the U.S., too. I looked on the U.S. Circuit City website, but couldn't find it there. But you can always try asking.

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Swisskid:

If you decide to go with the Honeytone, do a search here at the Café first. There was another thread about the Honeytone where someone found an internet source for buying the system for about $30.00.

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I just double checked the Circuit City web site. The portable system there is only 3 watts. I'm not sure how that compares to the Honeytone.

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