Cheap Board?

saxman0317

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Hey all..im looking to upgrade my personal freelance system and i was wondering if anyone has anyidea where i could find a "cheap" board, perferrabley 10+ channals, nothing fancy, analog...you know...just for working with the local high school kids
 

soundlight

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What do you mean by "cheap"? "Cheap" for some people means something alot different than "cheap" for other people.

I would go for a Mackie if you're on a budget. While some people don't like them because they won't last as long as some of the high-end boards, but all of the Mackies that I have used have performed flawlessly. And some of them have been over five years old. Go for the CFX-16 MKII or CFX-20 MKII (12 or 16 mic channels) if you can afford it. While it's not as good as a high-end Soundcraft, Allen & Heath, or Midas board, it's much better than Behringer.

If you can afford more, go for an Allen & Heath "PA Series".
 

saxman0317

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When i say "cheap" im looking for a second hand board that can take a beating and still run in the HS students price range. Im just going to be using it for a little side job of making the local garage bands think they sound good and get a little backing for the future...perferably in the 100-300 range. Hopefully someone out there has something like this for sale maybe?
 

soundlight

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Keep a check on eBay. There's a solid batch of stuff running through there on a regular basis. Look for something like a peavey or a mackie with 12 xlr inputs and a pair of stereo channels. That should just about do it. They're usually in the $150-$250 range. Just make sure that there are no known problems with it and email the seller if they don't explicitly say that there are no known issues. I speak from experience.
 

cutlunch

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Some people will jump on me for suggesting Behringer but they do have some nice gear at a reasonable price in the mixers. I have seen an old Behringer 32 channel board in a school provide great sound for a production of Les Mis. I have a behringer amp and with no signal connected and full sensitivity set it is absolutely quiet on the output.

If you have a local supplier who stocks Behringer it might pay to buy new with a warranty rather then a second hand board of unknown quality.
 

soundlight

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My old middle school's got the UB2442FX-Pro (10 mic channels) and it works fine, no problems.
 

CHScrew

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The music director at my church is a touring musician with a christian music band. (the name escapes me) He just bought a new soundboard for our church for $500. 24 XLR, 8 AUX w/ 1/4in, 1/8in, and RCA inputs. Built in effects. GREAT stuff. I forget the name brand. I don't know where he found the deal but I'll ask him.
 

CHScrew

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I know it wasn't a Behringer. I could figure out what type it was. He bought it from a music store. Not mail order. Anyways, that was the last one. I'll try to fighre out what it is this weekend. I think it starts with an "H"???


P.s. I HATE MUSICIANS FRIEND!!!
 

soundlight

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Why do you hate musician's friend? My school orders from them, and they've always provided us with low prices, fast shipping, and great service.
 

avkid

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CHScrew said:
I know it wasn't a Behringer. I could figure out what type it was. He bought it from a music store. Not mail order.

Hmm.... you have thoroughly confused me.
 

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