Setup circa 1985

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I thought the same thing (swing set) .. but I'm sure we all had 'ugly' setups back then. The speakers are a bit funny - 6' tall and one little tiny handle on the side.

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Pretty common type setup in the 80s (maybe not the swing frame). Looked clean .. can't fault it for the time.
 

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I wish I had dome pics of old setups. In Highschool I was DJing on my own but I was also a member of the radio club that did the dances for the school. We used stacked tables in pyramid format as a lighting stand and the turntables were older than any of us playing. There was an old Radio Shack mixer and a cassette deck that seen better days. We rented speakers for each dance Yorkville Elites you'd spend more time chasing fuses than playing music. We rented an old Yamaha boat anchor amp to run them but we made it happen every second Friday :)

I thought the same thing (swing set) .. but I'm sure we all had 'ugly' setups back then. The speakers are a bit funny - 6' tall and one little tiny handle on the side.

Technology has come a loooooooooooooooooooooooong ways!
They look like the old Traynor YSCs or columns as they were commonly called. First set of speakers I ever used. They were horribly unbalanced to carry and heavy. great fun to drag up a flight of stairs :)

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I wish I had dome pics of old setups. In Highschool I was DJing on my own but I was also a member of the radio club that did the dances for the school. We used stacked tables in pyramid format as a lighting stand and the turntables were older than any of us playing. There was an old Radio Shack mixer and a cassette deck that seen better days. We rented speakers for each dance Yorkville Elites you'd spend more time chasing fuses than playing music. We rented an old Yamaha boat anchor amp to run them but we made it happen every second Friday :)



They look like the old Traynor YSCs or columns as they were commonly called. First set of speakers I ever used. They were horribly unbalanced to carry and heavy. great fun to drag up a flight of stairs :)

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Here's the first set up I used - this goes back to about 76/77
 

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Here's the first set up I used - this goes back to about 76/77
Radio Shack Mixer - Lloyds and Audio Technica turntables - I had the power run into light switches to cue up the vinyl. turn it back about a turn.....so the song starts at speed.... Light were 9 colored flood lights om a 1 x 3 sheets of plywood with 3 porcelain sockets...we actually fabricated a "keyboard" controlled..... we brought someone top "play" the lights.....I think we made 50 bucks for a 3 hour Grade 6 gig.... That's a whole $230 today....dam - even undersold then.
 

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Radio Shack Mixer - Lloyds and Audio Technica turntables - I had the power run into light switches to cue up the vinyl. turn it back about a turn.....so the song starts at speed.... Light were 9 colored flood lights om a 1 x 3 sheets of plywood with 3 porcelain sockets...we actually fabricated a "keyboard" controlled..... we brought someone top "play" the lights.....I think we made 50 bucks for a 3 hour Grade 6 gig.... That's a whole $230 today....dam - even undersold then.
Like Jeff, I rented the Traynors as well with mixer/amp
 

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First one I did was probably in 1979 or 80 at the fraternity. Used my pair of EV Interface D speakers, a Sanyo Plus Integrated amp and a Dual turntable (forget the model). I had a Teac cassette deck as well. Those EV were awesome. No lights ... I have no pictures but the gear looked like these ...

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Like Jeff, I rented the Traynors as well with mixer/amp
This was similar to the first System I bought in the late 70's - I think I paid 500 ish - they were use... Mine thoough were the double 15's - probably wighed 120 lbs easily... stood almost 5 feet tall. Powered them with a Traynor mixer/amp.....Ah... the good old days....
 

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Light were 9 colored flood lights om a 1 x 3 sheets of plywood with 3 porcelain sockets...we actually fabricated a "keyboard" controlled..... we brought someone top "play" the lights.....
I forgot about the keyboard light switch the radio club had one of them too which was better than what I had at the time two spots and two strobes. I added a red police beacon eventually. Although I haven't used it in years I just threw out the beacon last year I still have the strobes in storage somewhere
 
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My first several years were Atus mixers, various turntables, cassette decks, speakers (EV Force 15's - Peavey Black Widow 18's), corded mics and Crown boat anchors.
 

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I was trying to figure out how to make a lighting rig with that same idea.
(even as recently as a few years ago)
Although I was thinking of a table-top model.

Now that I "see" it....
I'm glad it never worked out.

Definitely unique for the time!
 

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I was trying to figure out how to make a lighting rig with that same idea.
(even as recently as a few years ago)
Although I was thinking of a table-top model.

Now that I "see" it....
I'm glad it never worked out.

Definitely unique for the time!
It looked cool. at first we had no chaser so it was run manually with a row of light switches one for each fixture, it was not well built and sometimes cause an electrical tickle