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Old 07-10-2013, 05:25 PM
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I'm looking at getting a fan to stop me overheating while playing.

M budget is 20. Can anyone recommend a fan for this price? Many thanks
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:36 PM
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the brand "Vornado" make some nice compact fans that push a lot of air.

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Old 07-10-2013, 06:01 PM
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They look really nice but are outside of my price range!
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:27 PM
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I just use a regular house fan that can be tilted................works great
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:32 PM
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Honeywell is another brand and are cheaper.

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Old 07-10-2013, 07:00 PM
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cool. Will this do the job then? http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/4252160.htm
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:04 PM
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How 'bout drinking plenty of water too?
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:08 PM
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I do that a lot! Still too hot!
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:05 PM
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that should work fine, IMO you want something compact because stage space can get cramped on occasion.

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Old 07-10-2013, 08:31 PM
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This is fairly compact so should be perfect. Thanks
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:16 PM
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I always opted to not have a fan. One less thing to carry, and I got used to playing in heat fairly quickly. Stages can get really hot, and if you don't have a fan for some reason, being used to one is going to make it worse. Your body can and will adjust to the heat.
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:25 PM
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With all due respect to bonzolead, I've had both and IMHO, this is the best fan you will ever own for drumming, period. Everyone who feels it in action ends up buying one. It's a well built squirrel cage design. Very efficient and quiet. The minute I felt one I had to have one. The blue one is the one you want, if you buy a Lasko. The yellow one is too big. Stanley makes a good one too, but it's gaudy yellow and black. The blue one isn't too obvious on stage. It's small, it pivots, and it moves major air. I can only use it on low. Plus it has a duplex outlet built in, in case you have an electric cape. As necessary to me as a good throne IMO, I get soaked sometimes. Plus you'll be the envy of all your bandmates!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lasko-Mult...12100/19861415
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:33 PM
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With all due respect to bonzolead, I've had both and IMHO, this is the best fan you will ever own for drumming, period. Everyone who feels it in action ends up buying one. The keyboard player in my one band had one. I felt how much air it pushed and immediately put it on the list. The blue one is the one you want, if you buy from Wal Mart. The yellow one is too big. It's small and it kicks a$$. Plus it has a duplex outlet built in. Lifesaver, as necessary as a good throne IMO.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lasko-Mult...12100/19861415
Just think how your cape would billow and flow with that thing making wind for ya! I bet it's not even that heavy, mom could surely collect such a small fan after your gig.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:30 AM
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With all due respect to bonzolead, I've had both and IMHO, this is the best fan you will ever own for drumming, period. Everyone who feels it in action ends up buying one. It's a well built squirrel cage design. Very efficient and quiet. The minute I felt one I had to have one. The blue one is the one you want, if you buy a Lasko. The yellow one is too big. Stanley makes a good one too, but it's gaudy yellow and black. The blue one isn't too obvious on stage. It's small, it pivots, and it moves major air. I can only use it on low. Plus it has a duplex outlet built in, in case you have an electric cape. As necessary to me as a good throne IMO, I get soaked sometimes. Plus you'll be the envy of all your bandmates!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lasko-Mult...12100/19861415
I have one of those! They're awesome! It also gets used on Monique photo shoots when we have to blow her hair around (imagine that, Larry ;)
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:42 AM
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Just think how your cape would billow and flow with that thing making wind for ya! I bet it's not even that heavy, mom could surely collect such a small fan after your gig.
That would actually work. A hundred dollars to anyone who posts a picture of themselves wearing a cape at a gig and has a fan blowing the cape. Watso will give you a hundred dollars.

Two hundred dollars for a pic with their Mom holding the cape. Watso agreed to that too.
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That would actually work. A hundred dollars to anyone who posts a picture of themselves wearing a cape at a gig and has a fan blowing the cape. Watso will give you a hundred dollars.

Two hundred dollars for a pic with their Mom holding the cape. Watso agreed to that too.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:11 AM
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With all due respect to bonzolead, I've had both and IMHO, this is the best fan you will ever own for drumming, period. Everyone who feels it in action ends up buying one. It's a well built squirrel cage design. Very efficient and quiet. The minute I felt one I had to have one. The blue one is the one you want, if you buy a Lasko. The yellow one is too big. Stanley makes a good one too, but it's gaudy yellow and black. The blue one isn't too obvious on stage. It's small, it pivots, and it moves major air. I can only use it on low. Plus it has a duplex outlet built in, in case you have an electric cape. As necessary to me as a good throne IMO, I get soaked sometimes. Plus you'll be the envy of all your bandmates!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lasko-Mult...12100/19861415
Same here. One for indoor and two for outdoor island gigs (it's very humid down here). The flow is amazing and the outlets are nice for laptops and other electronics.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:22 AM
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That would actually work. A hundred dollars to anyone who posts a picture of themselves wearing a cape at a gig and has a fan blowing the cape. Watso will give you a hundred dollars.

Two hundred dollars for a pic with their Mom holding the cape. Watso agreed to that too.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:12 PM
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With all due respect to bonzolead, I've had both and IMHO, this is the best fan you will ever own for drumming, period. Everyone who feels it in action ends up buying one. It's a well built squirrel cage design. Very efficient and quiet. The minute I felt one I had to have one. The blue one is the one you want, if you buy a Lasko. The yellow one is too big. Stanley makes a good one too, but it's gaudy yellow and black. The blue one isn't too obvious on stage. It's small, it pivots, and it moves major air. I can only use it on low. Plus it has a duplex outlet built in, in case you have an electric cape. As necessary to me as a good throne IMO, I get soaked sometimes. Plus you'll be the envy of all your bandmates!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lasko-Mult...12100/19861415
I've had three of these style fans, 2 (yellow) STANLEYS and a blue LASCO like this. I would recommend staying away from the blue LASCO, they're made in China and the quality isn't worth the price (the yellow STANLEYS were made by LASCO actually, AIR KINGS too). What does these cheaper made blower fans in most of the time is dropping them, having them fall off a drum cart etc.etc. Their bodies are real cheap plastic, as are the tumbler blade cages. The AC courtesy plugs are a nice touch tho.

They're difficult to clean when the tumbler blades get dirty, you have to disassemble the whole fan (you then get to see how cheap the materials are).

My advise b/f buying one of these is plug it in, listen for humming in the motor, put you hand on the unit and feel for vibration which is a sure indication the tumbler blade has issues. Fins crack, holes aren't drilled center (china) etc. You'll have to compare a few together to get a sense of differences, tho I can guarantee you some will exhibit more tell tale vibration than others, you want to pick the smoothest one (this goes for any fan purchase, vibe them out b/f you buy if you can). Whatever you do if you buy one of these fans is make sure you save your receipt.

My two STANLEYS expired due to weak bodies and my blue LASKO'S motor would only work on one speed and had an audible hum in less than a year.

Look for blower fans with an ABS plastic body/housing, they're out there and they can take the rigors of gigging. Colours are tough, its hard to find a black fan. I painted one of my yellow STANLEYS with black KRYLON FUSION.

BLOWIT FANS is making an attempt at drum set fans, tho the market is still wide open for a good design for sure.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:11 PM
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Fair enough Les. Mine has outperformed every cooling device I tried. Mine doesn't seem nearly as cheap as you make it out to be. Time will tell. These are the fans that contractors use to dry out your carpets when your hot water heater fails or your washer overflows. I expect to get many years of service from mine before it fails. But if it fails early, I'll let you know.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:21 PM
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I have the "Cool Operator Jr.", a small plastic fan that blows forever. I think mine has been running for 4 straight years without being turned off, and I've had it since the 90s.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:48 PM
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With all due respect to bonzolead, I've had both and IMHO, this is the best fan you will ever own for drumming, period. Everyone who feels it in action ends up buying one. It's a well built squirrel cage design. Very efficient and quiet. The minute I felt one I had to have one. The blue one is the one you want, if you buy a Lasko. The yellow one is too big. Stanley makes a good one too, but it's gaudy yellow and black. The blue one isn't too obvious on stage. It's small, it pivots, and it moves major air. I can only use it on low. Plus it has a duplex outlet built in, in case you have an electric cape. As necessary to me as a good throne IMO, I get soaked sometimes. Plus you'll be the envy of all your bandmates!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Lasko-Mult...12100/19861415
exactly what I use....but I have the "Stanley" brand (same fan different colors, same price)

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:24 PM
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I may check out those other fans who knows it may become my #1 fan...lol

you knew I had to say it..lol.

Seriously I never tried the lasco or stanley fans or the stand mounted fan for that matter, I just know the honeywell fans push decent air & are cheap. but now im intrigued too check the other ones out.

Keep swattin' & be cool..lol
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:05 PM
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These are the fans that contractors use to dry out your carpets when your hot water heater fails or your washer overflows. I expect to get many years of service from mine before it fails. But if it fails early, I'll let you know.

Im not trying to trash these fans, Im just passing on what I know about them. I have a lot of experience with them, used them many hrs, took them apart, swapped motors/housings, talked to LASKO directly about them etc. etc. They do 'outperform' lesser designs, that's why I gave them such a good chance.

They're not really professional grade tho, the ABS housed ones are, and they can handle way more abuse. Contractors 'use blower type' fans, but in a busy contractor situation these cheaper fans are seen as toys, they're not that well built, if it falls off a truck, a 2x4 falls on it... its toast.

They're a beyotch to clean too (I need my fan blades to be clean, you can easily get sick breathing dirty air from a fan) you need to disassemble them and the blade cage needs to be scrubbed and when you do be careful the blades are thin and weak, easily broken, then the fan is out of balance and makes noise, super glue will fix.

I was OK with the cheap housings/blades breaking from mishandling, that stuff happens, but the motor on the blue LASKO failing and the STANLEYS and LASKOS parts not being interchangeable caused me to give up on them. My stuff gets handled by others a lot and I myself am not really that careful when carrying gear so I need stuff that's well built and these fans didn't pass the test. Always save your receipt.

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Old 08-02-2013, 08:22 AM
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I got one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Holmes-HACP10B.../dp/B003N5TSZM

Two speeds, oscillating or stationary, small, and a clip that is so strong you can mount it on anything. At one time, I actually clipped to something on my rack down low, pointing up and no one even noticed it was there. I now clip it onto the side on my mixer rack which is right next to me.

Is it a wind tunnel? No, but it definitely gets air moving toward you without causing problems with drum or vocal mics. I use it one the low speed. It is compact enough that you won't mind bringing it to gigs, and it takes up next to no extra space. I noticed it has some mixed reviews on Amazon, but then again, unhappy people are the ones that usually make noise, while happy people don't bother posting reviews. In any case, would I buy it again? Absolutely.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:43 AM
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I have one of these and have barely broke a sweat during a gig since I bought one:

http://www.mytoolsforyou.com/automot...0-p-APT01.html

It's honestly one of the best purchases I've made for gigging.
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