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Topic: Classic magic table - tips
Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Nov 17, 2003 11:24PM)
Richard Robinson has a good article on how to build a classic magic side table, using parts available in music shops. What you end up with is better and less expensive than a lot of the "magic tables" you can buy.

It's the type of table with a folding tripod base. Check the article out at:

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He gives you one big hint by telling you what the right flange is: the Atlas AD-11B (chromed version) or the AD-11BE (black version - ebony color). This is easy to turn up on Google; I got one, shipped, for about eight bucks.

The other major part you need is a mike stand...he says that, "...keep in mind that the least expensive stand is probably going to be ideal." He doesn't identify the brand and model of the stand in the photos.

This didn't seem like a big deal, until I went to my local music shops...I couldn't find a mike stand that matched what he had found. I saw much fancier, expensive ones.

After some research, here's the answer: the Quik Lok A-344. See their website at:

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In the left column, click on "Microphone stands" then scroll the left column down and click on "A-344." That'll get you the description.

You can search on Google for one, but I'll save you some time: Go to Sweetwater Music.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/A344

I've never done business with Sweetwater before, but they're really nice and have excellent customer service, with very competitive prices. My mike stand, delivered by FedEx Saver, was $32.00.

The A-344 is much better quality than my old Eureka Table base, is less expensive now than the Eureka was back when I got it, and looks better too.

Jeff

P.S. Another Richard Robinson build-it-yourself project, "The X Frame Table" is good, too.
http://allmagic.com/magicshow/stage/xframe.html

Go to Musician's Friend and search on keyboard stands. Right now there's one on sale for $19.95.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com
Message: Posted by: Regan (Jul 12, 2004 10:04AM)
I was looking for info on tables and just made a post. I did a search and found this thread. Thanks Jeff. I think you answered part of my question almost 8 months before I posted it. Are you a mentalist by any chance?

Regan
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Jul 13, 2004 09:31PM)
I like the Viking tripod because I can carry it in my hip pocket. The price isn't bad, either.

If price is an issue, why not just put a tray on a tray jack and use that as a table?
Message: Posted by: Regan (Jul 14, 2004 09:28PM)
Alan,
What is the Viking tripod and where do you get it?

Regan
Message: Posted by: Alym Amlani (Aug 10, 2004 02:05PM)
Update: Sweetwater success story!

Ok, I took the advice of this thread and ordered the mic stand and atls flange adapter from Sweetwater.

Let me tell you - they have FANTASTIC customer support. I mean, absolutely, some of the best service I've seen in quite some time. They're affordable (My stand was 22 bucks, flange adapter was 7). Since I live in Canada, the shipping was not free, but they even gave me a break on the shipping.

The mic stand and flange fit together nicely. I just now need to screw this into the suitcase I got from Revy (or home depot, or whatever) and see if it all fits. Should fit nicely from what it looks like.

Thanks again.

Alym
Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Aug 10, 2004 06:11PM)
You're welcome!

Glad to help the do-it-yourself magicians out there.

Jeff
Message: Posted by: Alym Amlani (Aug 11, 2004 12:00AM)
When you're a student, if you can save money ANYWHERE, you gotta take the initiative.

I just wish the flange was a little bigger, but this looks like it'll work just fine.

Alym