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Bob Faulkner

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scrappy weather
« on: December 12, 2017, 09:53:13 pm »

It's been cold/rainy/snowy around the Raleigh, NC area.  Last Saturday, I provided a 2 x speaker PA for vocals for a Christmas parade (for an MC) for one of the surrounding cities.  I enjoy these smaller events... less to setup/tear-down and I can actually "sit back" and enjoy the event.  However, the weather was distracting.  A lot of people actually came out to watch (more than I thought).


Speakers: 2 x Yamaha DSR-115.

Board and wireless mic receiver are in the back of my cargo van (where it was warm and dry).

The tarps on the speakers are the vinyl type; each tarp weighed about 8 lbs; certainly worth the extra weight to help keep them down from the occasional gust of wind.




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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2017, 01:40:01 am »

Bob, get the official Yamaha weather covers.  The front outer cover unzips and you fold it up across the top of the speaker; there is a pop-out "tent" for the controls and connections and allows ventilation for the amplifier.

The front has a mesh that wicks water down to drain off.

It's a slick system and looks nicer than the trash bags I'd used in the past. 8)
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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2017, 08:08:19 am »

Bob - you were mere yards away from my home at the arts center down academy st...   glad all went well.  If you ever are in the same spot and need more than the outlet on the outside of the bank, let me know.  We have L14-30s in the power pedestal across the street by the auto shop, with underground cable chases to cross the intersection....


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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2017, 04:07:59 pm »

Bob, get the official Yamaha weather covers.  The front outer cover unzips and you fold it up across the top of the speaker; there is a pop-out "tent" for the controls and connections and allows ventilation for the amplifier.

The front has a mesh that wicks water down to drain off.

It's a slick system and looks nicer than the trash bags I'd used in the past. 8)

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I am using Undercover NYC weather covers for my EV speakers but the Yamaha design seems cool.


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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2017, 04:48:39 pm »

Bob, get the official Yamaha weather covers.  The front outer cover unzips and you fold it up across the top of the speaker; there is a pop-out "tent" for the controls and connections and allows ventilation for the amplifier.

The front has a mesh that wicks water down to drain off.

It's a slick system and looks nicer than the trash bags I'd used in the past. 8)

Another Undercover NYC user here, but I'm interested in the Yamaha offering... couldn't find it with a quick 1-minute search on Google. Any links to the Yamaha weatherproof cover?

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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2017, 05:23:47 pm »

Bob, get the official Yamaha weather covers.  The front outer cover unzips and you fold it up across the top of the speaker; there is a pop-out "tent" for the controls and connections and allows ventilation for the amplifier.

The front has a mesh that wicks water down to drain off.

It's a slick system and looks nicer than the trash bags I'd used in the past. 8)

Thanks Tim - I've seen covers in the past, but wasn't sure what I was looking at.  At the time I scheduled the event with the organizers, there were was to be no rain; I hate using tarps.  I rarely have weather related issues on outdoor shows... maybe my good-luck is ending.

Bob - you were mere yards away from my home at the arts center down academy st...   glad all went well.  If you ever are in the same spot and need more than the outlet on the outside of the bank, let me know.  We have L14-30s in the power pedestal across the street by the auto shop, with underground cable chases to cross the intersection....


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Hi Cailen - yes, you are just down the road!  The single outlet at the bank seems to be doing good, but if they ever need to send audio further down S. Academy St (from the bank), I may need more current for the line array I would need to use.  Thanks for the offer!  Had no idea there was power "hiding" near the auto shop.  I've provided a PA for them for about 6 years now, and there was only one other time it rained.
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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2017, 05:25:53 pm »

Thanks Tim - I've seen covers in the past, but wasn't sure what I was looking at.  At the time I scheduled the event with the organizers, there were was to be no rain; I hate using tarps.  I rarely have weather related issues on outdoor shows... maybe my good-luck is ending.
Hi Cailen - yes, you are just down the road!  The single outlet at the bank seems to be doing good, but if they ever need to send audio further down S. Academy St (from the bank), I may need more current for the line array I would need to use.  Thanks for the offer!  Had no idea there was power "hiding" near the auto shop.  I've provided a PA for them for about 6 years now, and there was only one other time it rained.

We have around 25 50a California or stove plug connectors down academy st now....

I got a lot of wire put in the ground when we renovated the street.

Glad everything survived the rain!


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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2017, 04:41:34 pm »

Another Undercover NYC user here, but I'm interested in the Yamaha offering... couldn't find it with a quick 1-minute search on Google. Any links to the Yamaha weatherproof cover?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md4Zkpjtb6g
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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2017, 05:31:35 pm »

If you are price checking, Full Compass lists them.  Also worth checking with Mike Pyle for prices.
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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2017, 06:06:10 pm »

We have around 25 50a California or stove plug connectors down academy st now....

I got a lot of wire put in the ground when we renovated the street.

Glad everything survived the rain!


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Big fan of getting copper in the ground whenever you can.  Even an unfilled conduit if nothing else...

Eliminating trip hazards and providing permanent places power is available helps with future events and use planning.
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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2017, 12:16:13 am »

Thanks for the extra info; Full Compass is in my backyard and from what I can tell from the site and my rep, they only list the "transit" cover for the DSR speakers. That weatherproof cover that Tim linked to via YouTube appears to be for everything other than the DSR series. Boo.

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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2017, 11:46:50 am »

Thanks for the extra info; Full Compass is in my backyard and from what I can tell from the site and my rep, they only list the "transit" cover for the DSR speakers. That weatherproof cover that Tim linked to via YouTube appears to be for everything other than the DSR series. Boo.

I can't find the little "manual" that came with my covers but I got the impression they fit all of the xxx112 speakers.  Might be worth checking the size of the DSR and compare, as the covers are just a little on the roomy side - if the DSR is a tad larger (say 1/2 inch) I think they'd fit.
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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2017, 05:00:13 pm »

I can't find the little "manual" that came with my covers but I got the impression they fit all of the xxx112 speakers.  Might be worth checking the size of the DSR and compare, as the covers are just a little on the roomy side - if the DSR is a tad larger (say 1/2 inch) I think they'd fit.

The DSR112 is 18mm deeper and 25mm taller than the DXR12 - those covers would have to be a very sloppy fit on the DXR to still fit the DSR, unless they've got some kind of removable insert.
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Re: scrappy weather
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2017, 07:05:44 pm »

The DSR112 is 18mm deeper and 25mm taller than the DXR12 - those covers would have to be a very sloppy fit on the DXR to still fit the DSR, unless they've got some kind of removable insert.

Ah, the Ivan quote:   It depends... on exactly where the 18mm depth is.  It would be snug.  Height would come up short, though.  Only about 1 cm of overhang on the bottom.
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