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Old September 4th, 2010, 01:42 AM   #16
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Whistle while you work ....

Somebody suggested a whistle... the type an athletic coach or referee might use. That sound like an excellent idea. It doesn't need to be plugged in, doesn't need batteries, won't be mistaken for a fire alarm, everyone knows how to use one, and it only costs a few bucks. Perfection in simplicity!

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Old September 4th, 2010, 02:59 AM   #17
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Maybe it's because I've been around bell systems on set for 15 years or so, but I have a hard time picturing a whistle being used for that purpose. More than a good chance it would quickly "go missing" and be found dangling from the perms thereafter.
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Old September 4th, 2010, 05:30 AM   #18
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12 volt old-fashioned alarm bell from the hardware store, some plain insulated wire, a momentary contact pushbutton switch, and either 1 12-volt or 2 6-volt lantern batteries wire 'em all in series and you're in business, if all you need is a bell. The rotating red beacon is what would add complexity.
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Old September 4th, 2010, 11:43 AM   #19
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Charles, I was hoping you'd weigh in as someone who seems to spend most of his life on a stage. Any other thoughts on this? To your knowledge are these thing usually just put together by the sound guys?

Steve, I think that's exactly what I'm going to have to do. Other than the very excellent (and expensive) unit you referred to earlier, it seems like what I'm looking for does not exist and I'm going to have to assemble my own. Not a big deal, I suppose. I've already got the beacon hooked up to a wireless remote controlled outlet which usually works.

Thanks for everyone's thoughts.
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Old September 4th, 2010, 03:18 PM   #20
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Someone mentioned air horns - aerosol can jobs. Simple / loud / cheap.

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Old September 4th, 2010, 03:25 PM   #21
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Someone mentioned air horns - aerosol can jobs. Simple / loud / cheap.
And typically so loud that it will temporarily deafen everyone on the set. But that may get the actors to speak up and make our job of capturing dialog easier! :-))
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Old September 4th, 2010, 06:52 PM   #22
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So I just took everyone's advice and bought the parts at the hardware store and turned the afternoon into a science experiment with my kids. Initial wireup took about ten minutes. Once we verified everything worked, I took everything apart and mounted all the pieces to a wooden folding TV tray that collapses when not in use. Works fine and a fun afternoon to boot. About $35 worth of parts and you can hear the bell down the street.

I'll mount the wireless remote for the beacon light to the same tray, so all can be controlled from the same console.

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Old September 5th, 2010, 09:42 PM   #23
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What an entertaining thread. The top minds in the industry, slaving tirelessly to solve this seemingly simple problem. They apply their creativity, their problem solving skills and ingenutiy.Very entertaining and very interesting too.

However, I must say as a former sports official, I'm partial to just blowing a whistle, as was suggested by Brian Reynolds and seconded by Ken.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 11:32 AM   #24
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What an entertaining thread. The top minds in the industry, slaving tirelessly to solve this seemingly simple problem. They apply their creativity, their problem solving skills and ingenutiy. Very entertaining.and interesting.
I've often noticed that the more professional the people get, the cheaper the things they talk about are. Go to a no budget indie set and everyone talks about the Red One. Sit around with some seasoned pros and they talk about who makes the best apple boxes, clamps, sharpies, and apparently doorbells.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 11:42 AM   #25
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more often, the attributes and proclivities of various comely extras, stand-ins etc...
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