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Old 22nd May 2011, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default A very sad day.

After 35 years of working on mobile discos I finally have had to give up due to poor fitness. I am no longer fit enough to carry the heavy gear around any more.

I started with the Untouchables disco in 1977.
Around 1980 I built my own disco from mostly Maplin kits and worked for myself up until 2011. It was great fun building the disco, it got me interested in electronics which I went into professionally in 1980.

I have a fair old cd collection but am considering putting the disco and cd's up for sale.

I guess time waits for no man......
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Old 22nd May 2011, 12:58 AM   #2
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Hire yourself a strapping young lad to tote and lift teach him the trade and sell out, or go fixed arena...as I am not exactly the man I was I can still instruct.

good luck my friend, have a pint for me

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Old 22nd May 2011, 01:12 AM   #3
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Another possibility would be to hire equipment for parties and discos? Maybe even get someone younger than you to run the discos and have a partnership.
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Old 22nd May 2011, 09:26 PM   #4
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I wasnt doing discos that often to be honest.
In recent times I was just picking one up now and then when I fancied it.

I guess I could try to lighten the load using a class d amp with SMPS.
Perhaps a laptop instead of box upon box of CD's ?
Some lightweight speakers instead of the heavy speaker boxes I made myself ?

A helper sounds like a good idea. But for one disco every few months I dont think it would keep their interest for long.
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Old 22nd May 2011, 09:36 PM   #5
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Dude!! I suggest looking into the iPod disco things. Basically, you set up two iPods in a stand. They have all your music on them. You use two so you can cue the next track while the current one is still playing. That with some active class D speakers would do wonders to lighten the load.

If iPods don't suit your fancy, a laptop with winamp (and a disco plug-in) would work as well.

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Old 22nd May 2011, 09:41 PM   #6
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Hey Nigel, for DJing these days, I would agree with going the digital route, either laptop based, or as tomchr said, a couple ipods/mp3 players. And instead of a separate amp, you could go the class-d powered speaker route. That way all you need is the speakers, mixer and your source(s). If the speakers are larger, make sure they have casters and handles and just roll them into place and cable up. Of course you are still looking at having lighting.

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Hi Nigel,

Where in the UK are you? I'm in Lancashire, so if you were reasonably local, I'd be happy to help out.
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Hi Nigel,

Where in the UK are you? I'm in Lancashire, so if you were reasonably local, I'd be happy to help out.
Thanks for the offer but I am in Carlisle.
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What is a "Disco"?..

It's a primative mating ritual where the males all stand at the bar drinking pints and the females dance round handbags in the middle of the floor.

As the ritual reaches its climax, known as Closing Time, lone males make forays into the groups of whirling females and, upon uttering the words "get your coat, you're pulled", attempt to drag the female to a remote spot in an alleyway, where an attempt to mate is made.
Females, sensing the approaching males, retreat en mass to the toilets, taking their handbags with them, hence signalling their unavailability for mating.

The ritual usually ends with the last lone male "pulling" the sole remaining female, usually refered to as "the dog". The Dog is renowned for not refusing approaches at mating.




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