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BlowsMeAway Productions presents…
Wireless Systems for Amplified Harmonica

Free Yourself!

November 2016 Update: Samson Technologies discontinued the Airline 77 line which I carried for the last 8 years. I still support that system but do not have any remaining inventory.

Samson have introduced the new and improved Airline 88 system, and I am proud to offer it to you.

Confused about wireless? BlowsMeAway can help. Get free of that cable! Roam the stage without tangles. Walk out into the audience for entertainment value, or to check you and your band's sound level. Enjoy a clear area under your feet. I am proud to offer these fine solutions based on wireless systems from Samson Technologies Corp. Samson has been designing wireless systems for over 30 years. These systems are small, lightweight and rugged. No belt packs required!

What can you expect from BlowsMeAway? I have already tested and performed with these systems and found what works best with harmonica microphones. You can expect that I will answer all your questions to help you choose the system that is best for you. You can expect BlowsMeAway harp player-specific instructions along with the Samson documentation. You can expect that I will set your system up for you. You can expect that your transmitter will come with a Duracell battery installed. You can expect that if you have a special mic or connector I will find a way to make it work for you.


Charlie Musselwhite started using a BlowsMeAway wireless system in early November '10.
Here's what he says after a few weeks on the road with it:

I just got home yesterday. I LOVE the wireless! Not one problem with it. Ever. It's great at sound check to walk out in front of the band and check the mix. I am VERY happy with it.

Jason Ricci and Jackson Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds) are two other pros using BlowsMeAway wireless system every night in performance.

Samson’s AirLine 88 system offers true wireless freedom without the hassle of a beltpack or cable. Featuring a plug-in transmitter (No belt pack!) this frequency-agile UHF wireless system provides high definition sound, premium reliability and a 300’ operating range. It provides IR sync to wirelessly match the receiver and transmitter frequency, an audio Mute switch, battery life LED indicator and up to 12 hours of operation on a single AA battery. Offering frequency-agile operation, the system’s rack mountable CR88 Wireless Receiver provides 16 selectable channels for reliable performance no matter where you are. The receiver’s True Diversity design minimizes dropouts, while tone key technology prevents unwanted noise when your transmitter is off or out of range.

The AG8 transmitter only weighs 2.5 oz (far less than the weight of cable from the mic to the floor) and has a 1 Mohm input impedance so it will work with crystal and ceramic mics with no impedance matching transformer required.

All systems include power supply, rack mount hardware and instructions. (Rack mounting is not necessary - the unit has feet.) You need to supply the cable you will use to connect the receiver to your amp or pedal, or PA. For connection to amp or pedal, a standard guitar cable is all that is required. For connection to a PA, you will need a low impedance XLR to XLR cable.

Already own a mic?
Airline 88 System - includes
CR88 Receiver and AG8 Transmitter
, Alkaline AA battery.

Your microphone must be high impedance (dynamic or crystal), and have a 1/4" input or a screw-on connector. If you have a screw-on connector you will also require a Switchcraft 332A adapter ($14.95). Please advise when ordering.

 

 

$299

Contact BlowsMeAway to order.

Airline 88 system for your microphone

(Green Bullet and 332 adapter not included)

Complete Turnkey Systems:
Wireless Bulletini System -includes Bulletini-VC, CR88 Receiver, AG8 Transmitter, Switchcraft 332A Adapter, Alkaline AA battery

 

$529

Contact BlowsMeAway to order.

Airline 88 system with Bulletini microphone

 

Wireless Ultimate System -includes Ultimate 57, Ultimate 58 or Ultimate 545, CR88 Receiver, AG8 Transmitter, Switchcraft 332A Adapter, Alkaline AA battery

 

$529

Contact BlowsMeAway to order.

Airline 88 system with Ultimate microphone

(Ultimate 57 shown. Ultimate 58 and Ultimate 545 also available.
See the Ultimate Series page for more information on these fine microphones )

Wireless Custom Wood Mic System -includes Wood Mic (ordered separately) CR88 Receiver, AG8 Transmitter, Switchcraft 332A Adapter, Alkaline AA battery

 

$259 - must be ordered with a Custom Wood Mic.

Contact BlowsMeAway to order.

Airline 88 system Custom Wood microphone

(Custom Wood Mic not included,
See the Custom Wood Mics page for more information about these world-famous microphones)

Own a low impedance mic? Stay tuned......



I still support the Airline 77 system with these accessories for the AX1 Transmitter:

Screw-on to XLR Adapters

Use these adapters to connect any high impedance microphone equipped with a standard 5/8" amphenol or switchcraft connector to either the Airline 77 AX1 or Airline Synth AX300 Transmitters above.

Dynamic/CR/CM-equipped mics are electrically compatible with the AX1 transmitter. Crystal/ceramic element mics require an impedance matching transformer for best performance.

Top: with built in impedance matching adapter and volume control for crystal element mics: $79

Middle: with built in impedance matching adapter for crystal element mics: $64.95

Not shown, same length as middle adapter on right: non-impedance matching adapter with volume control for dynamic/CR/CM mics: $64.95

Bottom: non-impedance matching adapter (bottom) for dynamic/CR/CM mics: $29

1/4" to XLR Adapter

Use this adapter to connect any high impedance microphone equipped with a standard 1/4" female connector to either the Airline 77 AX1 or Airline Synth AX300 Transmitters above.

Top: with built in impedance matching adapter for crystal element mics: $74.95

Bottom: non-impedance matching adapter (bottom) for dynamic/CR/CM mics: $39

I can make adapters with any combination of connectors, volume controls and impedance matching. You have a choice of barrel color between silver and black, or colors for $10 more. XLR connectors can be silver or black. Don't see what you need? Just ask!
"Best" amp interface

The CR77 and AR300 receivers provide both unbalanced 1/4", and balanced XLR outputs. I have found that the unbalanced output level is considerably lower than "mic level". This is not an issue if you are connecting the receiver to a PA or "clean" amplifier, or a pedal that boosts the signal into your amp. However to get the most "cable like" performance straight into a guitar or harp amp, I highly recommend you use an XLR cable and Impedance Matching Transformer to connect the receiver to your amp.

$49

Includes 10' or 18' (your choice) XLR Male to XLR Female cable and XLR-to 1/4" impedance matching transformer. This is a good thing to have in your gig bag - it is all you need to connect your low impedance mic to anything.

Contact BlowsMeAway to order.

I can special order any Samson wireless system. For information on the complete line please see http://www.samsontech.com/products/brandpage.cfm

A little background....

For many years, BlowsMeAway Productions has only sold products I make. However I am frequently asked about wireless systems. There are no wireless systems specifically for harp, and information about adapting existing systems is virtually nonexistent. I decided to change that.

After an exhaustive search, I concluded that the Samson line offered the best foundation. For the U.S. market, their systems are already migrated to new FCC approved frequencies. They have both amp-top/rack mount and pedal-based receivers. And their transmitters have the headroom required to handle the high output of harp mics. I have set up these systems and tested them with various mics. I have used them in performance. I am convinced these systems offer the best value to the harp player looking to go wireless.

BlowsMeAway is now an official Samson Dealer. Please understand that I am doing this as a service to the harp player community. Given the "margin-free" price expectations of internet shopping, I don't make much money selling these systems. My motivation is simply to provide more complete service to you. However Samson requires a significant annual commitment from me, so in order to maintain dealership status I hope you will choose to purchase from me so that I may continue to offer this service. And please tell your friends!

The fine print

Please note that I can only offer systems that comply with United States law, on FCC- approved frequencies. If you reside outside the U.S. it is your responsibility to verify these systems are legal for your use, and operating on frequencies where you will not encounter interference, or cause it for someone else. Canada uses the U.S. FCC-approved frequencies.

Are You Legal?

Operation of wireless microphones (in the United States) in the 700MHz band is prohibited after June 12, 2010. Please visit the FCC's wireless microphone page for more information, including a list of Manufacturer's Equipment you can check to see if your gear is legal. http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones/

All Samson systems sold by BlowsMeAway wireless systems operate on the new frequencies allocated by the FCC for wireless microphone use.

Consumer Alert
Most users do not need a license to operate this wireless microphone system. Nevertheless, operating this microphone system without a license is subject to certain restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at a low power level (not in excess of 50 milliwatts); and it has no protection from interference received from any other device. Purchasers should also be aware that the FCC is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems, and these rules are subject to change. For more information, call the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC) or visit the FCC's wireless microphone website at www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones

NOTE: None of the wireless systems we carry are capable of violating the FCC guidelines stated above. We are presenting this information as a matter of legally required disclosure.


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