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Big Jeff
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Does anyone use an amp on the street? I was watching Gazzo Uncensored and noticed he used one in Boston.
I was looking at the Pig Nose Lil' PA, Does anyone have this?
Is it good?
What would you recommend?

Also, I was looking at the table with the speaker built in from malloy Modern Magic.
Is this any good?

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Watch where you perform, most festivals and neighborhoods have anti-amplifier rules. Noise polution and all....


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I love my Fender AmpCan! I would definately recommend it for any smaller venue (it's good for busking....although I do not busk, I have seen others using it for this purpose). It has a rechargable battery in it, and, therefore, does not need to be plugged in. Check your local Sam Ash or other musical instrument store in the Guitar Amp section.
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Not, many people use amps on the streets and at festivals. There are sometimes problems with them. Gazzo almost never uses an amp, he uses his voice. I use my voice and so does Cellini, not that I should be mentioned in the same conversation as those guys. If you own an amp I think your hats will improve but there is no for sure thing here.

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Just because you have an amp and are using it, doesn't mean you have to blow everybody off the streets. Be aware of how loud you've got it turned up.
Use it to be heard.
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Bill,

GREAT post! I use an amp and keep it low. I become filled with an incandescent rage when some stiff sets up shop at the next pitch down and tries to blow me out. You know they do it on purpose. Grrrrr... If you don't have an amp yourself you have to pack up and go home.

I always go up and ask them to turn down, if they refuse I point out that I also have an am and will crank it up as well. They we will cancel each other out, tick off the vendors, poison the pitch, and both go home broke. This usually works, some people are just stupid and will spite you just to be a jerk even though it will be detrimental to them to do so.

I know several people who have actually cut the amp cords of certain quartets because they just refuse to budge. It can be dog eat dog out there. It took me a long time to learn that.

To the original poster the amp of choice these days seems to be the Crate Limo. It is 50 watts of amplified goodness. they are nice rigs.

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Hey Dan, did you know that most of the wireless mics run on either 174.9 or 190 something MHZ? This means that if they are pushing anything Fender or similar in style, they are probably running on the same frequency as everybody else. This can be fun to deal with when you are using a similar mic or amp, but on the other hand, it can be hysterical if you have a guy that wont turn his stuff down or alternate with you because of the conflicting freqs.
I had a very similar thing happen with another magi at a pitch. He kept trying to drive my crowd. You know stuff like; hey folks when that show over the real magic show starts in 5 mins. Then 4 min, and so on. I coulda killed him. At any rate, I asked nice but he wouldnt budge or let up so I decided to have alittle fun.
He set up one Friday, and I didn't. Instead, I hung out a good distance from him, with my mic and amp. With my amp turned down, but the mic in full swing, I proceeded to make funny comments during his show, like " No need for tips I'm paid by the city" he would look around puzzled and go on with his act. Then I'd say stuff like " Do you folks know where I can get some action" as people would walk by. All of the time people thought he was saying it. Man I almost died laughing when he finally figured out it was me. It took him at least two hours. Two long hours of not making any money, to figure out it was me, when he did, I think he got the point. Never had anymore problems out of that guy.
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He kept trying to drive my crowd. You know stuff like; hey folks when that show over the real magic show starts in 5 mins. Then 4 min, and so on. I coulda killed him. At any rate, I asked nice but he wouldnt budge or let up so I decided to have alittle fun.


That guy had a lot of balls for doing that. Is this someone you did not know at all?

You handled it great. Better than getting into a fist fight.
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They we will cancel each other out, tick off the vendors, poison the pitch, and both go home broke. This usually works, some people are just stupid and will spite you just to be a jerk even though it will be detrimental to them to do so.

Dan, that's pretty much a way of life on the Santa Monica promenade (which is why I work the pier.)

In LA, the amp is essential.

I don't recommend the amp can. The shape makes it difficult to transport, and its got teeny tiny sound. For the same size and price (and less weight) I like the the fender p-10. But if you can afford it, the Crate taxi or limo is the way to go...good balance between power and portability.
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Zack,

I agree with you 100% on the ampcan. When I bought mine the p-10 was not an option. As a matter of fact I do not even think they make the ampcan anymore. The good thing about them is they really will take a hell of a beating and they are very portable.

I am going to buy a limo before I go back outside this year.

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Are you still using the Lefler table, danny?
Will logging the lefler and a limo be too much?

If everything is paved well up to the pitch, the wheels will take care of that.
But if you're going over bricks or something, yikes.

how do you carry your stuff to the pitch. I've been using a suitcase trolly thing.
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Well, yes he did have a lot of balls, but he was an "old timer" in the sense that he had been around and doing kid's parties and the like for about 35 years. When he happened upon the pitch one day, then saw the dollar signs, he showed up and figured he give it a try. Sadly, he expected the rest of us to make way and let him work on top of us and be a pr%$#. When I confronted him, told him how we all worked together and that there was plenty of money for everyone, he went into a rant about doin magic since before I was born and he knew what he was doin, and I jwas afraid of the competition. Needless to say, he didn't do very well, and started in with the amp stuff.
Ya know to this day he doesn't say much to me. Just nods and keeps going. I really wish it wasnt that way, but hey he brought that upon himself.
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Frank,

I use the lefler table only when I am working my standard big spot. It is cobble stone there so I put the lefler table on a trolley and pull it. I've done the measurements and the amp will fit right on top of the table on the trolley and I can pull the whole thing.

If I am working some of the other places I go I use a table that my buddy Bob gave me. It is really slick. It looks like a standard busker's table but the table top is attached directly to the legs and the top splits in the middle. When you pull the table top sections to the sides they fold down the sides of the legs and the legs fold together to make a handle. I don't know if that is a clear description but that is how it works. It is also great for me because I'm 6' 3" and the table is actually "Dan height" so working is a lot easier. I love the thing.

Now that my show has kind of been scaled back I may just start bringing that and use the lefler table for the indoor gigs.

If you don't need to be too mobile and want to lug a ton of stuff I can't recommend the lefler table enough even though it flies in the face of every street performing convention. Actually, that might be why I like it too. Smile I am trying to be different. It is certainly no bigger than the trunks a lot of jugglers pull around.

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http://www.radios4you.com/hs-322-LG-photo.html

That's what I use. It's wireless and can hook up to an ipod or portable cd player with ease. It comes with two wireless mics
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I'm still looking to upgrade my current wireless system. Seem that at least once a year, somewhere, there is that one DJ or somebody that refuses to turn it down to a decent level and it just cancels out everybody else. I need to at least be heard because without the joke lines, they will lose interest.
I've got it narrowed down to about 3-4. I might have to rent one that was suggested on an old post awhile back but definitely makes good sense.
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I use an amp most of the time. Of course some festivals have strict no amp rules or what not. No big deal when that's the case. I just end up with smaller crowds. While I have a strong voice - it only lasts for 2 or 3 shows before I go hoarse.

My preference is the Fender Passport P-10W. You can read about it at The LIVE! Wire http://robert.thedean.net/posts/sound-for-the-street

Great little system.
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