[Libs-Or] Portable PA suggestions?

Clark, Brad clark at wilsonvillelibrary.org
Wed Nov 21 15:00:42 PST 2012

Hi Kristen,

I know of the type of system that Bob mentioned and have heard very good things about the Happy Amp<http://www.happieamp.com/happieamp2.html> brand from other performers.  It may very well be the next system I purchase.  Major PROs:  simplicity, ease of use and portability.  Small CONs:  sound quality is sufficient though not spectacular, and it's not very expandable.  Think of it as a carry-on item if you were taking a trip.

As a performer myself I already have a Fender Passport 250 watt system that I am very happy with (an earlier model of the current 300 Pro).  I can plug in a more things if needed and it easily puts out enough volume for several hundred people outdoors.  PROs:  Lots of versatility.  CONs: weight and possible complexity for some people.  Think of it as definitely checked-baggage for your trip.  I'll actually be bringing it with me to your library for a show this summer!

Hope that helps.  I'm willing to share more detail if you have more questions.  You can contact me below.

Brad Clark
Wilsonville Public Library
Youth Services Dept.
clark at wilsonvillelibrary.org
bradstorysong at hotmail.com<mailto:bradstorysong at hotmail.com>

From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Bob Jones
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:56 AM
To: 'Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney'; libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Portable PA suggestions?

Several years ago we purchased a Hisonic HS-321 portable PA system (Yeah, I know; I never heard of 'em, either).  It's very compact, about 6x7x12 inches.  Runs on AC or off its built-in rechargeable battery.  Works with wired or wireless microphones.  Also has an AUX input/output for tapes or CDs.  Costs about $200 at amazon.com.

We use it in our community room (about 32x34, 1100 square feet.  I have used it in venues at least twice as large.  I've used it for eBay workshops and Oldies Night programs around the state.  Absolutely no problems with it.

This might fit your needs at a bargain price.

Bob Jones
Milton-Freewater Public Library

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From: libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:00 AM
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [Libs-Or] Portable PA suggestions?

We're looking at purchasing a portable PA set-up (mic and speakers) for events at the library. What we'd be looking for is something we could move from room to room in the library, that could easily be used for readings, open mic poetry, larger events, etc. We're looking at some of the Fender PA products, but does anyone have any suggestions for products that have worked particularly well, or that should be avoided? We think our Foundation will fund pretty much anything under $1,000.

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney
Library Director
Driftwood Public Library
801 SW HWY 101, #201
Lincoln City, OR 97367
kbrodbeck-kenney at lincolncity.org<mailto:kbrodbeck-kenney at lincolncity.org>
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