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JohnnyFletch

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Hey guys, i am in the market for a wireless radio mic for gigging, only thing is I have a few requirements.

I am actually the lead vocalist in my band. I only play sax (Conn-Selmer Premiere tenor in the vintage finish) when the female vocalist is singing lead.

Anyway, as I'm only using the sax during gigs intermittently on certain songs I need a wireless mic setup that doesn't need to be connected to a seperate clip on transmitter as I don't have time to mess around connecting a cable between songs (our song change ups are quick), i.e. I need to be able to just grab the sax and play without any fiddling.

I don't want to attach the seperate transmitter to the bell, I'd much rather have the mic and transmitter all in one that just clips to the bell.

I also don't want to use a standard mic such as an sm57/58 any more as at many gigs space is limited and having 2 mic stands and a sax stand with tenor on is not leaving me much space to manoeuvre.

I've considered adding a fitting to my vocal mic stand to allow me to fit the sax mic there but when singing I move about with the mic stand so it could be a problem.

Not only that but I struggle with sound with a seperate mic as I provide backing vocals as well and quite frequently end up out of position.

Sorry if I've gone on a bit long there.

Lastly I have to consider budget, i need something that works well but nothing that needs to handle too much as the parts I play aren't particularly sophisticated, to that end the cheaper the better.

I've been looking at new and used but they are hard to come by. The most common recommendation has been the Samson Airline 77.

Does anybody have any other recommendations or know of any places to find a nice used setup in the uk?

Cheers

Fletch
 

thomsax

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I have a JTS CX-508 clip-on microphone (cord and phantom power) that is ok. But I prefer a SM 57/58. I also do some singing. I use an ordinary tri-pod stand and one like the one below. A short "swan neck" as well. The stand can be placed between the pri-pod.

 

U CAN CALL ME AL

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Hi @JohnnyFletch many of the purists here may think this is crap but is a fairly simple inexpensive solution. I have a similar problem and play sax in a small group most of the time but occassionally need to make announcements or attempt to sing

The D606 clips to the bell is well padded and hasn't left any marks yet its performance is acceptable for gigs although it is a dynnamic 'drum mic'. Cost around £20. The dynamic mic is a Sure vocal mic. The wireless set up is an Alesis MicLink 14 channel pairing? Range 60 ft. Cost £70. Simply switch the transmitter adapter from sax to vocal mic when needed. In practice I have found little need to make major adjustments to the PA input level when switching.
The transmitter charges through a usb connector lasts about 4-6 hrs continuous use, and the receiver which plugs into the PA will work using batteries 2xAAA for 5-6 hrs or low voltage adapter, supplied. I've not experienced any problems so far having used it on a number of gigs during the last two years, but I will admit to always taking a cable as back up.
I now await the flak from the audiophile purists amongst us. Al
 

Eoe

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I have been thinking this through my sax works well with my guitar effect's board. Gives me a volume peddel which is intuitive for me to use..I do not have to learn pulling away from the mike for loud notes. And the effects work well with the sax the eq , delay etc so I am looking into a wireless I am planning on going wireless for the guitar and sax which will make my stage set up consolidated
 

Taz

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I have been thinking this through my sax works well with my guitar effect's board. Gives me a volume peddel which is intuitive for me to use..I do not have to learn pulling away from the mike for loud notes. And the effects work well with the sax the eq , delay etc so I am looking into a wireless I am planning on going wireless for the guitar and sax which will make my stage set up consolidated

The Jts that Dooce mentioned would be right up your street then as it converts really simply from sax mic to guitar bug in seconds. I've just bought one and I'm hopefully going to do some recording with it this weekend. Keep an eye on the song of the month thread Me and Mrs Jones.
 

JohnnyFletch

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Cheers Taz, I ended up going with the Samson Airline 77 as it seemed the best regarded in the price bracket and allows me the freedom I need during gigs.
 
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