Economy Snake Feedback ...

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by tjh, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. tjh


    Mar 22, 2006
    We are after an economy priced 50' x 12x4 snake with both XLR and TRS returns, and I am curious if anyone has used either Seismic Audio or Audiopile brands and has reviews .. we only do about a half dozen shows a year that we would be utilizing this ... thank you
  2. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    I'm going to try to pick up the same thing. If you look at the video they seem very well built & have locking inputs which Proco doesn't have at double the price.
  3. I bought the seismic, it fell apart after plug and unplugging a few times in my home studio. I am sure you can take it apart and tighten each every screw and use the locknut on it, but it is a pain in the arse.
  4. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I bought both of my snakes from and couldn't be happier; they've served me faithfully and well for over a decade.
  5. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I have a Whirwind 16X3. I bought it in 1978 or so and I still use it. I've had to repair a few of the connections to connectors over the years, but that's normal wear and tear.
  6. TimmyP


    Nov 4, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Audiopile, or used Horizon, Rapco, CBI, Whirlwind (or Audiopile). If it's for gigs, get at least 100' - sometimes that barely cuts it.
  7. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    Just ordered a Seismic Audio 12/4 50' along with a TON of their cables
    I figure with a 6 pack of 25'ers I can run those to the snake from the rack IF I need to extend beyond that but we're a crap cover band that hasn't even played a gig yet
  8. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Ohio, Youngstown Area
    Not sure one can compare Seismic to EWI/Audiopile (EWI being clearly the better unit), but I understand budget issues.

    I’ve never owned/used longer than a 50’ snake, even when playing rather large rooms or outdoors. Not saying it wouldn't have been nice a few times.

    New band we’ll be using a digital mixer with an ipad dealio, so we won’t have to worry ‘bout that.
  9. 5StringFool


    Jun 10, 2011
    Greenup, KY
  10. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I've had a Carvin snake for going on ten years. I have no complaints.
  11. Jerry Ziarko

    Jerry Ziarko Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    I bought a split snake from Audiopile and it worked flawlessly. The owners are some good people to deal with.
  12. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    I picked up a 50' OSP from the 'bay a couple of yeras ago. Not bad but almost always too short. Picked up a used 100' Carvin and it's built like a tank.

    I've had several dealings with the Audiopile guys and I'd buy from them as well.

    Do yourself a favor spring for the 100 footer...
  13. Whatever snake I get, first thing I do is add strain reliefs everywhere.
  14. tjh


    Mar 22, 2006
    How about the ProCo Stagemaster series snakes ?? ... where would they fall in the quality line-up?
  15. Our keyboard player/vocalist custom built the snake that we use. He used the absolute highest quality materials available at the time. Looks better than the stuff on the market today. He really put some serious effort and thought into every aspect of that snake. Not one single hiccup since 1981. And,it was considerably cheaper,too.
  16. hgregs


    Sep 25, 2008
    ct/ny border
    we just recently got a cheap snake from these guys

    XSPRO 12 x 4 Channel 50' Pro Audio Low Profile Stage Snake - Sigler Music Center

    i'm curious how their price compares. one channel was bad, and they replaced the whole unit, no questions asked (and they paid shipping both ways).

    there's a video of the construction there... have had no problems. i think they use a circuit board - don't know if that is anything to be concerned about.
  17. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    There's a good reason why pro snakes don't have locks - only the cheap-arse ones do.
  18. hgregs


    Sep 25, 2008
    ct/ny border
    what reason is that?
  19. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    I just saw that I got called out on that... I'd like to know as well Roadkill (Personally I preferred Shadow or Thumper to Roadkill :)
  20. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    It makes it a PITA to unplug all them cables from the snake at the end of the night and sooner or later one will fail and you'll have a cable stuck into your snake :crying: . They don't do you any good on a stage box - friction and gravity holds them in just fine. In fact I don't think I've ever seen a mixer with locks either...