Production Sound & Video

Summer 2019

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35 During the Montreal Olympics in 1976, I worked for ABC Television's Wide World of Sports and they used a modified hand truck with welded cages for the Sony video deck, Sony camera, microphones, and cables. It inspired me to build my first cart in 1980 on the same principle. It was a large 'Anvil-style' shipping case; with shelves and drawers bolted to a hand truck and it served me well for more than twenty years. Jeff Wexler started building his own sound carts in 1970, first using a Sears TV stand and then moving on to more customization by modifying a produce cart. Jeff explains, "When I saw the cart that Michael Evje had built, an upright vertical cart with an aluminum frame and sliding shelves, I settled in to building Sound carts have evolved over the last four decades in form and function. Today, there are numerous variations of sound carts to meet just about every mixer's needs. When I began mixing in Montreal back in the '70s, there were no film sound equipment suppliers or professional sound carts sold in Canada. On a Walt Disney show in Alberta in 1974, its sound cart was a modified golf bag trolley with shelves holding a Perfectone mixer and a Nagra IV, with hooks for microphone cables. by Richard Lightstone CAS AMPS THE SOUND CART BUILDERS RL Disney cart 1974 Perfectone mixer that new style of sound cart. At first, I had to rely on fabricators with metal-arc equipment and the skills to make the frames. Later, I discovered the professional erector set of aluminum profiles from the company 80/20. I could assemble and bolt them together myself, not having to rely on outside fabricators. The last two carts I built before retiring used 80/20 materials." "The only commercially available cart was made by a company called Wheelit," says Ron Meyer of Professional Sound Corporation (PSC). "These carts were designed to be used for AV equipment such as film projectors and other classroom and corporate equipment. The Wheelit carts had two folding shelves made out of white melamine- laminated particle board and were very heavy at about sixty-five pounds. Audio Services Corp. (ASC) had some custom shelves made from aircraft aluminum to lighten the cart by twenty pounds or more." In 1984, ASC decided to produce its sound cart, the SC-4. Ron believes 1993 Mauai, with '80s built sound cart

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