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Any experience with OSP snakes?

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  • #31
    Too bad the vocalist acted like a jerk.


    do tell, i love a good jerk singer story
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    • #32
      We use a Proco Stagemaster snake and with great care haven't haed any aproblems with it. The only bummer about this thinkg is taht there is no wire mesh to hold the fantail up and make it more ruggesd but we are quite cautious with this snake.


      That's too bad, the Stagemaster has to be one of the biggest POS products ever built. The cable is good quality but the box and fantail connectors are the worst of the worst quality. IDC connections and the box connectors are molded in groups of 4 that are also IDC and slide into extrusions. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Totall waste of money IMO.

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      • #33
        Ive been using a ProCo snake that i got on Craigslist for the last year with no problems. I replaced the 1/4" returns with XLR's thats been about it. However I do baby it so who knows. Its not a stagemaster but its several years old. Its a 24-8 with strain relef and Neutrik connectors. And the box end has a few blank panels for what look like a pair of EDAC connectors. Cant complain for 100.00 Now im going to have to find out the model.

        Is the rest of ProCo's stuff besides there entry level products up to par ?

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        • #34
          Its not a stagemaster but its several years old. Its a 24-8 with strain relef and Neutrik connectors. And the box end has a few blank panels for what look like a pair of EDAC connectors. Cant complain for 100.00 Now im going to have to find out the model.

          Is the rest of ProCo's stuff besides there entry level products up to par ?


          BIG difference.

          ProCo makes some very nice stuff.

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          • #35
            I was gonna say that I have a PROCo roadmaster 24/8 that I bought off a friend that was getting divorced for $300. The thing is built like a tank (and weighs about half as much) and has been abused for at least 6 years. All Neutric connectors, but I can't say who's cable is used in it. I wish I had 3 of them as they are rented pretty regularly and have paid me back my initial investment about 10 times over.

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            • #36
              Roadmaster is twice (or more) the price. It's a good product.

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              • #37
                We'll be stepping up to EWI on the next purchase. It's going to be long and probably on a reel if there is such an animal as a split reel snake. We've used the SM for two years now and really haven't had any problems. I just know we need to take good care and not to be rough on the sucker.

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                • #38
                  Just as an update. I purchased my 12x4 OSP snake about a year ago and now 2 sends and 1 return are inoperable. I have extra jacks for the sends so I will replace, assuming its not the wire. I've already budgeted money to buy a 16/4 reel snake from EWI or some such. Just waiting for this one to die even more.
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                  • #39
                    Just as an update. I purchased my 12x4 OSP snake about a year ago and now 2 sends and 1 return are inoperable. I have extra jacks for the sends so I will replace, assuming its not the wire. I've already budgeted money to buy a 16/4 reel snake from EWI or some such. Just waiting for this one to die even more.


                    Not such a great deal after all eh? It often turns out this way unfortunately.

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                    • #40
                      Not such a great deal after all eh? It often turns out this way unfortunately.


                      Mebbe

                      For $150 and not knowing how long my band was going to last at that point, it was a decent deal. I'd have liked to it last longer, and I can still use it for a while, I only need about 9 of the sends and 2 of the returns. But not knowing if the whole thing will crap out isn't exactly confidence inspiring.

                      Buy once cry once! Since this purchase I've followed that mantra, and it is obviously worth it.
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                      • #41
                        Confidence in the reliability of a product, especially when you are standing up on stage in front of everybody, is a major deal IMO.

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                        • #42
                          Most snakes lives are dependent on how you take care of them. There is no excuse for letting the ends get tangled up. Get a tom case to keep it in and roll it up immediately after use. Keep the fan ends plugged into the box when not in use. I have a 12x4 OSP that has lasted me several years with no problems.

                          (Just sayin')

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                          • #43
                            Most snakes lives are dependent on how you take care of them. There is no excuse for letting the ends get tangled up. Get a tom case to keep it in and roll it up immediately after use. Keep the fan ends plugged into the box when not in use. I have a 12x4 OSP that has lasted me several years with no problems.

                            (Just sayin')


                            This may be true with a higher quality product, but at the bottom end of things normal useage is often more than the lower quality products can handle. Otherwise there wouldn't need to be a higher quality product in the market eh?

                            I expect at least 1000 shows out of a sbake before major maintenance or rebuild. I have some snakes that have 2 or 3 thousand shows on them, and I have a problem with a snake channel maybe once out of 7 or 8 hundred shows. This is the kind of reliability I need and am willing to pay for it because in the long run it's a bargain.

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                            • #44
                              so EWI snakes are good right? I think I'll get a 16x4 reel if it's not going to break the bank.
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                              • #45
                                I can't find anything about a warranty on OSP... Whirlwind has a 5 year warranty on their Medusa snakes that I've never had to use (6 snakes). Isn't it funny how as the quality goes down, the warranty shrinks and vice-versa?
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