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Mackie SRM150 vs Behringer EUROLIVE B205D for...

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by blastoff99, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. blastoff99

    blastoff99 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA, USA
    ... accordion.

    Ok, here's the story: I play bass with a choir of about 60 people. We're doing Jambalaya (On The Bayou), and in addition to the usual piano accompaniment, we'll have an accordion going. This is a real 120-bass monster, and although it sounds plenty loud to me, the accordion player (who happens to be my mother) assures me that it won't be plenty loud when the choir gets going, and furthermore, she won't be able to hear herself over the rest of the ruckus.

    So I'm thinking of one of the above-mentioned units for personal accordion monitoring. The Mackie is 33% more expensive, but has the advantage of not saying "Behringer" on it. Perhaps there are other advantages as well. They spec out about the same, and I'm sure they are both made in China somewhere.

    Keeping in mind that whatever I buy will get limited use beyond accordion adventures, what would you do? Other options, not including shooting the accordion player, are welcome.

  2. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Rent something.
  3. blastoff99

    blastoff99 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA, USA
    Good thought on the rental. Problem is that we need it for three distinct weekends, and renting something three times gets me to the tip-over point for purchase.

    In any event: anybody know how to mic an accordion? :help:
  4. gearhead1972


    Feb 21, 2012
    Kent NY
    Buy a powered speaker, somewhere on the lines of a Carvin PM15A or the PM12A.
  5. get a mackie SRM350 or a wharfedale titan 8.

    those srm150's and the like usually don't do so well within load environments.
  6. tbirdsp


    Sep 18, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    I have a Behringer B208D. It doesn't have all of the inputs/EQ of the 205 (only one mic/line input, level, bass and treble) - but I have been impressed with it. 10 bucks cheaper than the 205. I even used it for our drummer's vocal monitor at a gig recently.
    It comes in super handy for practicing vocals while I play my bass, plus other stuff.
  7. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Unless you're mother is into some special mic technique with the accordion.
    I think you need clip on mics because the part where the noise, er music, comes out is constantly moving with the bellows.
    So two clip on mics, something with two channels on the PA

    Your mother taught you better than to just judge a book by it's cover, or do something because of "peer pressure". :)
    Try a FOH forum, and I bet they're not just slamming a speaker because of the name on it. Behringer is not your father's Behringer
  8. blastoff99

    blastoff99 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA, USA
    Thanks, everyone. I think she went with the 208. Now, to borrow an appropriate microphone.
  9. I was searching on hot spots and found this thread. You don't hear "my mom is on the accordion" every day. :thumbsup: I'd love to see a picture or video clip of this unusual concert if the OP is still around.
  10. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender

    My drummer and I use the Behringer B205D for vocal monitors. I like that it attaches to my microphone stand.

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