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Michael Messing
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I, like many here, love having a nice wireless headset microphone (I actually have two: one Shure, one Sennheiser.) As nice as they are, I have always kept a corded Audio-Technica headset mic in my suitcase table in case it's needed. (If for some reason, I was having trouble with the wireless system or I just didn't bring a wireless because I didn't think I would need a mic., its always there.)

Also, like many here, I've been searching for that ideal small PA system for birthday parties, libraries, etc. Well, I settled on the Roland CM-30 PA system and I love it. (If you want details on it, go to:

The one thing the Roland doesn't have is a built-in wireless microphone. That's where my corded A-T headset comes in. This Summer, I've used the Roland for 17 shows and I haven't bothered with my wireless systems at all. Since the shows I use the Roland for are my one-man show, I don't have to use a wireless headset. I know many younger magicians will wonder how I deal with a cord but I used a corded lavaliere microphone for the first six years of my career so it's nothing unusual. I move around plenty but I use a long enough cord so that's not a problem. With a little practice, you get used to having a cord behind you.

The thing is that it's so convenient. I plug it into the Roland and I'm ready. Sure, a built-in wireless is just as convenient but boy does it cost more! My Roland system cost $175 and the my corded mic cost $60 on sale. The sound quality of my corded mic. is as good or better than my wireless headsets.

The only time I have to use a wireless headset is when I'm doing my illusion show. For everything else, the corded mic works fine. I'll still use a wireless regularly for some shows but I don't have to.

So, if you're looking for an inexpensive microphone that sounds good, you might want to look into a corded mic.. (If you're wondering which corded mic. I use, it's this one:

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Yep...nothing wrong with working with tried and tested equipment. Works every time!

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