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Powering a busking rig

GUEST,Busker On A Budget 10 May 18 - 12:43 AM
ST 10 May 18 - 12:58 AM
BobL 10 May 18 - 02:51 AM
Jack Campin 10 May 18 - 07:59 AM
GUEST,Observer 10 May 18 - 08:12 AM
Bonzo3legs 10 May 18 - 08:23 AM
ST 10 May 18 - 08:58 AM
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Subject: Powering a busking rig
From: GUEST,Busker On A Budget
Date: 10 May 18 - 12:43 AM

My usual busking spots in my preferred town are both impractical now. One spot is a sort of open-air stage near a monument in a downtown triangle/plaza, but there's construction that's directly opposite and incredibly loud. Another is near a very busy train depot but the work going on there has got my spot fenced off.

I'm playing at another busy intersection, but my unamplified guitar and voice, while loud, are not able to compete with traffic.

I've been encouraged by more than a couple of passersby to find a way to be louder because they enjoyed what they heard of my music.

I'm trying to decide whether to purchase a battery-powered amplifier that's rechargeable in and of itself, like a Roland Cube Street, or whether to use a rechargeable separate battery and inverter for an amp that's usually mains-powered.

What do you prefer, and why? Any advice would be appreciated.

FWIW - I perform with just guitar and vocals, not any tracks or looper pedals or anything, even when I have performed through a PA system.

I also have a small p.a. head and cabinets that are very light and portable, so if the advice trends towards external power, I've got something to plug into.


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Subject: RE: Powering a busking rig
From: ST
Date: 10 May 18 - 12:58 AM

Dunno, all the portable combos I've heard just weren't any good. So I set my old guitar aside and learnt to play charango and banjo. These two cut through pretty much any noise that doesn't make a pitch totally unworkable.


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Subject: RE: Powering a busking rig
From: BobL
Date: 10 May 18 - 02:51 AM

Any mains amp will include in its electronics a power supply section to convert the mains voltage to something more transistor-friendly. Adding an extra box to do the opposite seems, in a way, almost perverse.

On a practical note, inverter and battery will be two more things to lug around, unless you can strap all your gear to a hand trolley. OTOH they can be useful if you ever need portable power for something else. Beware though of cheap inverters - look for one which at least tries to mimic a sine-wave output. Square-wave mains is not a good thing.

I suspect that in the end it will boil down to cost: which is more expensive - inverter, battery and charger, or a self-contained combo with decent sound?


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Subject: RE: Powering a busking rig
From: Jack Campin
Date: 10 May 18 - 07:59 AM

Most singer-songwriters are sufficiently full of it to fuel a methane generator.


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Subject: RE: Powering a busking rig
From: GUEST,Observer
Date: 10 May 18 - 08:12 AM

Now that Jack is just downright funny. An honest and accurate observation.


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Subject: RE: Powering a busking rig
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 10 May 18 - 08:23 AM

I used 2 motorbike 12v batteries with 50 watt amp I built - it was LOUD!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Powering a busking rig
From: ST
Date: 10 May 18 - 08:58 AM

BobL,

It's also a matter of weight. Physics, as always, isn't on our side here. The better the amp, the more power it will trash as heat, so the bigger and heavier power supply you'd need. The better the speaker, the larger and heavier again it has to be. And guess who's gonna move the boxes day after day.

The bad thing about lightweight equipment, on the other hand, is that while walking toward the sound source you start hearing ugly distortions long before you can figure out as much as it's music being played. Not a good way to greet your potential audience, I'd say.


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