The EWI RPPX-16x8 series
reel snake is a
16 channel XLR send snake with 8 XLR returns on a reel. The
returns have parallel MXLR and 1/4" TRS panel jacks on the reel
drum. This snake is an excellent choice
for portable applications, only rolling out as much cable as you
need and leaving the rest on the drum.
The reel and drum are medium duty and
well labeled. The
fantail is heavy duty, color coded to groups and very well
labeled with indelible ink.
The main trunk is constructed with EWI SMC cable which is 24 individual shielded
pairs, 22 ga., high copper purity conductors with double aluminum
foil shield and trace wire, which is heavy duty and very flexible.
There is a mesh grip strain relief at the fantail which will allow
the fantail to be supported and take the strain off panel jacks.
The fantail is all EWI ES3FB-GDP (FXLR)
and ES3MB-GDP (MXLR) black shell
with gold contact point connectors with the Caps of
the Returns color coded
Red for easy identification. We have
various lengths of MXLR to ¼" TRS adaptor cables available if your
drive rack requires ¼" TRS connections for the sends, and if you
need a little more length on the send channels to reach the drive
There are 4 ea. 2 1/2" casters mounted
on the bottom of the reel frame for transportation. Two of the
four casters have locking brakes on them. The casters are a
good size for in-doors use; however, they are a little on the small
side for rolling across grass or a gravel parking lot.
The snake is shipped with the casters
not assembled on the frame. This reduces the chances of the
casters or frame being damaged in shipping. Mounting the
casters on the frame is facilitated by using a 19MM (or 3/4") and
17MM (or 11/16") end wrenches. Many folks mount the reel snake
in a pull over flight case. Typically I have various cases in
stock that are well suited for this.
There is a brake mechanism on the drum
to set it in place once you'll reeled out enough cable. It's a
friction brake, so it doesn't lock the drum down hard which is a
plus if somebody starts tugging on the cable unaware that the brake
is set. There are two brake indents where the brake can be set
to lock the drum down solid.
a quality built snake suitable for professional applications.
It even comes with a nifty blue bag to protect the fantail when not
connectors on the stage box and fantail are now available on
select lengths. The Neutrik equipped snakes feature
Neutrik® "XX" series cord ends
and Neutrik® NC3PP series panel jacks on the stage box.
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