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Author Topic: Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.  (Read 814 times)

Frank Koenig

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Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.
« on: October 07, 2018, 08:23:12 pm »

A friend and I attended the opening afternoon of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Friday. The crew at the Swan Stage had these wonderfully retro-looking handsets, replete with tangly coily cords, for communicating between stations. Maybe this is common (I don't get out much) but I thought it looked very cool and like they were having fun.



BTW, the quality of sound and overall production was superb throughout the event. I was particularly impressed with the Towers of Gold Stage later in the afternoon from which a radio show was being streamed without interruption. One act performed while the next got ready. The switchover, maybe during a brief announcement, was made seamlessly time after time. It was a real pleasure (and instructive) to hear and see what's possible with such well coordinated crew and performers.

--Frank
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Scott Helmke

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Re: Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2018, 08:40:52 pm »

That's still a standard Clear-Com thing, the HS6 telephone handset.  Useful if you don't want to deal with a headset. Talk button on the handset itself, so you have to remember to leave your beltpack talk switch latched on.
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Re: Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2018, 10:35:18 am »

A friend and I attended the opening afternoon of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Friday. The crew at the Swan Stage had these wonderfully retro-looking handsets, replete with tangly coily cords, for communicating between stations. Maybe this is common (I don't get out much) but I thought it looked very cool and like they were having fun.



BTW, the quality of sound and overall production was superb throughout the event. I was particularly impressed with the Towers of Gold Stage later in the afternoon from which a radio show was being streamed without interruption. One act performed while the next got ready. The switchover, maybe during a brief announcement, was made seamlessly time after time. It was a real pleasure (and instructive) to hear and see what's possible with such well coordinated crew and performers.

--Frank

I've been using the Production Intercom version for years.
HH10A -still a current product and looks like they now have a cool red one available too, (for that "Moscow Hotline" look)
-as well as the HH10B with a hardwired cradle that has a hang-up switch like a classic wall-phone.
http://prointercomllc.com/category/headsets-handsets/
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Helge A Bentsen

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Re: Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 02:25:31 pm »

I needed a cheap, point-to-point intercom and went to an army surplus sale, bought two sets of TP6N field telephone.

Works well, after all it was designed to be used under fire.
http://tp6n.blogspot.com
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Re: Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2018, 03:13:16 pm »

I've been using the Production Intercom version for years.
HH10A -still a current product and looks like they now have a cool red one available too, (for that "Moscow Hotline" look)
-as well as the HH10B with a hardwired cradle that has a hang-up switch like a classic wall-phone.
http://prointercomllc.com/category/headsets-handsets/
And after all these years, I still can't hear/understand anything over com during a show


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Scott Helmke

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Re: Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2018, 03:22:14 pm »

And after all these years, I still can't hear/understand/believe anything over com during a show

Fixed it for you.
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Frank Koenig

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Re: Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2018, 04:11:15 pm »

I'd like to have one, especially in red, but I don't have anyone to talk to at the other end  :'(  Maybe I could put a pay phone at the side of the stage for the band to discuss the monitor mixes. It would cost them a dime for each adjustment  :)
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Re: Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2018, 06:16:51 pm »

And after all these years, I still can't hear/understand anything over com during a show


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That's crazy. In my experience, when the show is at full tilt, radios with shoulder mics are unusable, where com (via these handsets) is a sure bet. I never have any issues hearing over com during 105dBA+ shows.


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Re: Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2018, 06:42:47 pm »

That's crazy. In my experience, when the show is at full tilt, radios with shoulder mics are unusable, where com (via these handsets) is a sure bet. I never have any issues hearing over com during 105dBA+ shows.


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Re: Hello monitors? This is front-of-house calling.
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2018, 07:42:44 pm »

All of mine are either red or white so they are easier to find in the dark. All except one.  A corporate client decided to start using one on stage during head table type staging and I thought hed really like the red phones but nope, had to be black.
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