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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:02 am    Post subject: Putting my acoustic PA back together. Reply with quote

I had a nice little PA system at one time. Great for small venues, acoustic work. With the growth of the popularity of our flute stuff I have started putting it back together.

I was needing a new mixer, and an effects unit. I stumbled upon a Tapco 260FX. 12 channel mixer with aux sends etc. It's made by the same people that make Mackie. I hooked it up last night.. Man is it QUIET!!! I thought my amp was fried. No sound at all until I play something.. It seems more rugged than a lot of the small inexpensive mixers that are out and it has TADA!! built in effects that sound really good. There is even a jack for foot switch to cut the FX in and out. I haven't gigged with it yet, that will happen this weekend.

Now for the bad news.. I pulled out my old Dawn speaker system(terrific sound, very small) The foam around the woofer is gone. I guess I will have to have that re-foamed. It's going to be a PITA getting it out of the cabinet. Luckily I have an old pair of EV control room speakers that will work until its fixed.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How's it working out?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, probably about time to put a new system together!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a Passport PD250 system a while ago and found it works really well for sidefill monitors with the main system when we have seven musicians on the stage. I run mostly vocals through it and everything through the stage wedges. And when we do a small gig - say, two or three of us in a restaurant, I just bring that, point one speaker out and the other back at us. Slick.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For my single I use an old Mackie 808M thru two Peavey PR-15's.
The main thing the Peavey's have going for them is they weigh 32lbs. Other than that they're crap. Kinda boxy sounding with no sparkle to them. But I can eq them into being acceptable and that's good enough for 32lbs.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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For my single I use an old Mackie 808M thru two Peavey PR-15's.
The main thing the Peavey's have going for them is they weigh 32lbs. Other than that they're crap. Kinda boxy sounding with no sparkle to them. But I can eq them into being acceptable and that's good enough for 32lbs.
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No kidding. I thought I was the shiznit getting a pair of Mackie powered cabs and a big honking Onyx mixer. Then I did a couple hundred load in and load outs.... Should have taken up the harmonica.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

those new JBL Eons are awesome!
They only weigh 33lbs and they're active with 450 watts and a 3 channel mixer per cab. Plus the mixers can be linked giving you another 3 channels per cab.
Most important they sound freakin' GREAT!
But at $900 a piece I'll stick with my peaveys.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rebuilt the speakers. VERY EASY to do. Don't know why I hesitated. for small inside venues the dawn speakers work great!!!

For outside use I just ordered pair of inexpensive(but according to reviews) nice speakers. 12" woofer, horn on top. I will let you all know how they sound. they are crazy cheap but we don't need heavy low end stuff and only do a few outdoor gigs where we need a little more punch.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New speakers are in. they sound surprisingly good. "Podium" brand 12" trapezoid speakers off of Ebay. For our application they are great. If I was doing heavy rock.. not the speakers you want. For acoustic stuff these sound really nice. They are a little heavy in the mid range, but the eq cleaned that up nicely. Plenty of low punch for OUR application. You aren't going to rattle the windows with just a 12" 2 way speaker.

Overall I would buy these again. They get the job done and sound nice.
Oh. I am powering them with a Crown XLS 402. Could use a bigger amp, I can clip the amp before driving the speakers to distortion.

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