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 Post subject: Busking Equipment Question
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:13 pm 
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This is a question for those who are actually out there performing and making money busking.

First, for those who use a table, do you keep everything in pockets, use an apron/pouch or a savant bag attached to your table and why?

Second, did you build your own set-up, purchase it or a mixture of the two?

I appreciate your input in advance!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:12 pm 
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I use to keep everything in my pockets. Sometimes I still do when I choose not to perform with a table. Now though, I have built a table that has a nice little compartment to hold all of my props and a savant to ditch what I don't need. I find this easiest as it allows for easier set-up for my next show.

I have always built my tables. My dad was a carpenter, so I learned the trade from him.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:04 am 
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I use a table made with a shelf that I added 1e a pouch that I got from http://theambitiouscard.com Yes i can mention this site because Penguin doesn't sell anything like what Frank carries. I also just bought a Savante from there and will be trying that out when it arrives.

Table cost less that $10, pouch was $175.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:51 am 
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paddy wrote:
I use a table made with a shelf that I added 1e a pouch that I got from http://theambitiouscard.com Yes i can mention this site because Penguin doesn't sell anything like what Frank carries. I also just bought a Savante from there and will be trying that out when it arrives.

Table cost less that $10, pouch was $175.


Thanks for the link Paddy! I was hoping you would reply to this post! :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:44 pm 
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I use a table made with a shelf that I added 1e a pouch that I got from http://theambitiouscard.com Yes i can mention this site because Penguin doesn't sell anything like what Frank carries. I also just bought a Savante from there and will be trying that out when it arrives.

Table cost less that $10, pouch was $175


Paddy what pouch do you bought? I was thinking of buying one from Frank too, maybe just one for beginners like the Street Pouch.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:23 pm 
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I built my own table using a waiter's tray stand. Pouch from Frank at www.theambitiouscard.com

I don't store everything in the pouch, only really using it for Cups and Balls. Most everything else is in a duffel bag stashed between the legs of the table.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:38 am 
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Paddy and Dave, can you either send me pics of your tables or post them here? at the moment i'm stuck deciding between restaurant (probably going this direction) or busking, so if I busk I would like an image to know the basic layout of what style table works best so that me and my grandfather can build one if needed.


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This is pretty much the table as it looked before going to Copenhagen. This is a "tall" stand with about 3" cut off the feet as it was a little too tall and the standard stand was too short. The webbing at the top was replaced with luggage straps so I could adjust the height. Lowering the stand by lengthing the strap had the added advantage of widening the base making it more stable. The only thing that isn't shown here are the eyebolts at the top for a shoulder strap and a couple of metal brackets on the bottom of the legs so I can store the tabletop, sling the strap over my shoulder and walk easily with the whole rig.

I chose a Naugahyde top as it rains frequently over there and I didn't want a fabric pad to get messed up. Since then I've replaced the top with green poker felt and a wood border instead of the upholstery tacks.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:43 pm 
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Does anyone here use like a servers pouch or a waiters pouch? I'm just trying to find an inexpensive alternative to a pouch or servant pouch for my table.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:51 pm 
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Typically, they're way too thin, designed only to hold order pads and straws. That's why I went with a heavier pouch that was designed with some depth to it. For Gazzo, he prefers heavy leather so that it looks the same whether it's full or empty. A cheap substitute might be a leather carpenter's nail pouch.


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Dave is right. You can find some carpenter pouches that work nice to begin with. They have some built out of a heavier material as well. The ones I've seen where made out of canvas, and they worked nicely for beginning.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:29 pm 
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I'm not a busker at the moment, but I use a messenger bag to carry my stuff, got it at OfficeMax.


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