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Olly olly oxen free (and similar spellings) is a catchphrase used in the children's game of hide and seek to indicate that players who are hiding can come out into the open without losing the game.
Use The phrase can also be used to coordinate hidden players in the game "kick the can", where a group of children hide within a given radius and a "seeker" is left to guard a can filled with rocks. The seeker has to try to find the "hiders" without allowing them to sneak in and kick the can. In many areas the phrase used is "Ally Ally In Come Free" which is a way to tell all hidden that is time to start the game of trying to get in to the can without being caught. Another phrase that has a similar meaning and possibly similar root is "come out, come out, wherever you are," which has been used in many famous movies, including The Wizard of Oz (see Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead), The Shining, Cape Fear, and Star Trek: Insurrection. Additionally, this phrase is used for kids when throwing a ball back and forth over the roof of a house, fence, or other tall object. One child stands on each side of the tall object so that they are unable to see one another. Then, the child with the ball yells "Any Any Over" and throws the ball over the object. This alerts the other child that the ball is coming so that he can catch the ball before it hits the ground. If he throws the ball yelling "Any Any Over" and the ball fails to clear the obstacle, the thrower yells "Pigtails" so the catching party knows the ball is not coming.
I have been out of the loop for close to a month and came back to find this gem forming. For me, it's timely as I was poised to purchase the Fishman soloamp to use for smaller venues. Now I'll be interested in seeing how the two systems match up against each other. I'll always have the L1 for big gigs but I sometimes play small weddings and other events that a smaller system would handle. Maybe even be better for them.
One thing, is my understanding that the extensions don't necessarily need to be attached and, if so, does that mean just the base portion could conceivably handle a small gig?
Go do your comparison and report back. This should be fun and illuminating. Does GC sell the Fishman? If so, they will probably help you do the demo, especially if you will be buying one or the other. Make sure you see how loud they both go. This should be an exciting A/B comparison. Stay in touch on this. Thanks for writing in.
Go do your comparison and report back. This should be fun and illuminating. ............. This should be an exciting A/B comparison. Stay in touch on this. Thanks for writing in.
In my mind I'm thinking, the comparison has already been done, by the fine folks at Bose. I can't imagine they would build something in the same catagory and not know it is better than the competition, though I'm sure they would never knock the competitor, that just wouldn't be right.
I play sitting down and my audience (restaurants) are sitting. Would I just use one extension? Doesn't that make more sense in my situation or is there some benefit to having the array up above?
It depends. In my very limited experience, if you are sitting directly under the L1 Compact in fully extended mode you may be below the vertical coverage of the Spatial Dispersion loudspeaker, while the audience will hear you just fine. This may be a situation where a "short stack" might be appropriate. It certainly works well in this mode and I use it now for my TV audio when I'm home. (sound's great!)
You'll have to try it and let each situation determine what is best.
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