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Brian Lehr
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On 2005-07-04 15:39, magic4u02 wrote:
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.

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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Amazon sell the Honeytone Mini for $31.
http://tinyurl.com/7e53f

If you scroll down the page, you'll see a few others.

Be aware that the Honeytone, Pignose, and all the other amps on this page are designed primarily for guitars not voice. Also, you will still need to buy a separate microphone.

I've played with the Pignose (which is too big to put on your belt) and personally I prefered to spend a bit more and get the Fender P10W which has wireless built in.

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Has anyone seen the Lil Pignose advertised in Magic a couple of months ago. I thought it had an input for a mic and an auxilary input for music from a source. I think the price was $150. I google the item but couldn't find it anywhere except the ad in Magic.

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I used the new portable sound system today for two shows, one with 30 kids and one with 60. The first show (30 kids) was in a Daycare center, and worked really well. The second took place in a gym. It sounded good when everyone was quiet (good gym acoustics), but when the kids got louder I could hardly hear myself. So shows with 50 and more kids will need my regular sound system.

On another note, during the first show the speaker kept falling off my belt. As I sometimes get down on my knees for the younger ones, the speaker would often slip off while I was standing up. For the second show I decided to place some tape on the back of the speaker to hold it more securely to the belt. That worked ok.

Overall I think it is a good investment for the smaller shows, and certainly for home or library shows.

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Brian,

Yes, 60 kids is pushing it. I recommend upto 40.

As for the clip, I wonder if the Canadian version is different. The clip on my sound system is really solid and firm and I've never had it come off.

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I have had a bit of experience with the pignose, and thoguh it is nifty, it just doesn't have the sound quality (it is balanced and designed for electric guitars) for voice. Look into the CRATE taxi line. Very portable, adjustable balances, and a great price. Killer for outdoor festival/party type work.

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Hey all. I hope you might be able to help me out here. I just got my own Honeytone Amp System and bought it from Dwayne Laflin at the convention a few weeks back. It looks and sounds great and he showed me it as well.

However, I am wondering what mincs (lapel etc) can you get so that it is truely portable. I have noticed that most of the mics I use with my Passport 150 have receiver units that require you to plug in for power. What mic systems do you all reccomend for use with the Honeytone system that can make it a truely portable unit.

I want to test it out this week before I start using it in upcoming smaller venue shows. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I have a lapel clip on mic. It is nice and portable, you could also try a head set mic. Tell us how the mini amp works out for you.
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Kyle,

You'll want to use a "hard wired" mic rather than a wireless mic with the Honeytone. I have a wired Audio-Technica Mic that I use as a backup to my wireless systems, in case I run into some serious interference that I can't get rid of.

Here's what I use (Please note that the microphone element is fairly large so you'll have a pretty noticeable mic in front of your mic. The A-T mic has the largest element I've seen.)

You can use any wired headset or lavalier mic. By using a dynamic mic, rather than a more expensive condenser mic, you won't need any batteries.

The other thing you'll need is an "XLR" to 1/4" transformer to use it with the input on the Honeytone. Here's one (Musician's Friend has them too but I couldn't find one with a photo. Just make sure the 1/4" adapter is mono - not stereo.)

If you want to do a nice inexpensive wired lavalier mic, Chris Carey explained his "Hands Free Body Mic" in both "Do The Stuff That's You" and "Find The Stuff That's You." He shows you how to take an inexpensive Radio Shack lavalier mic and replace the 1/8" mini-plug with a heavier duty connector. Here's the mic (I made one about 12 years ago and it was pretty nice sounding for the money.)

Radio Shack also carries an inexpensive headset mic: Radio Shack (This one already has a 1/4" connector so you won't have to change it.)

Now let me say this. I am not saying that the Radio Shack mics are the best available for this. They are inexpensive and you should check them out before purchasing one. The Honeytone does not have the frequency response that full-size PA systems do and you are not likely to notice if the mic is of lesser quality. If you want to use the mic with your other PA system, as well, you might want to consider a higher-priced model like the Audio Technica.

Michael
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Here's a link that goes into a little detail on the Honeytone Amp: http://zzounds.com/item--DANN10
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Thanks guys. Based upon everyone's help. I got my honeytone amp and a wired headset mic that works nicely with it. tested it out today and works like a charm.

I also got an iPod boom box and tested that today at a gig as well and worked just as good. It was nice to be able to have a powerful and loud enough sound while still being able to use my iPod playlists and remote and still have everything as portable as I wanted it to be.

Many thanks again for everyone's help. The big test comes this next weekend when we put it to use for both days of a huge music festival we are doing strolling and street magic for.

I will let you know how it works out for us.

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