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Musician's Gear Stage Snakes boast robust construction to stand up to the nightly use of working musicians and sound professionals. A durable, heavy-...Click To Read More About This Product

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A reliable snake suitable for in-house or touring applications.

Musician's Gear Stage Snakes boast robust construction to stand up to the nightly use of working musicians and sound professionals.

A durable, heavy-gauge steel box protects all of the XLR connecters. Available in a variety of configurations from 8, 12, 16, and 24 channels (male) each with 4 XLR returns (female). The stage snake is available in 50' or 100' lengths.

Each input is labeled and color-coded. Returns are coded alphabetically (A, B, C, and D). These affordable snakes are also great for fixed installation.

FEATURES
  • Balanced XLR channel inputs
  • 4 balanced XLR returns
  • Durable steel stage box
  • Labeled and color-coded
  • Available in 8, 12, 16, and 24 channel configurations
  • 50' or 100' lengths
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Musician's GearStage Snake
 
3.0

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

44%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good quality (4)

Cons

  • Poor quality (6)
  • Not functional (5)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good equipment

The shipping was prompt and the packaging was well designed. Stage box and XLR connectors are clearly marked. I appreciated the color coded strands. I checked all the the connections to make sure...Read complete review

The shipping was prompt and the packaging was well designed. Stage box and XLR connectors are clearly marked. I appreciated the color coded strands. I checked all the the connections to make sure they were functional and they were. The XLR's plugged in tightly. Overall, for the money, this 16x4 is an excellent purchase. I anticipate using the snake only on a limited basis. The only criticism I have is of the riveted stage box. It makes it more difficult to take the box apart and maintain. In summary, for light to moderate use, it is a great deal.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Big Headache

As with most gear you get what you pay for, but this included a headache and pain in the butt. I was excited once the package arrived and quickly attached the 16x4 snake to...Read complete review

As with most gear you get what you pay for, but this included a headache and pain in the butt. I was excited once the package arrived and quickly attached the 16x4 snake to my mackie onyx mixer in the studio. Flipped on the mixer and tested it with my PA system to find the most obnoxious hum came out with no microphones plugged in. Obviously I was disappointed and sent the product back and requested a new one. Then once again excited when it arrived, but only to the same freaking issue. So rather than send back again me and our studio tech opened the connections and box to find out Pin 1 and Pin 3 connections where swapped. Basically the ground connection was wired wrong. This was on all 20 points on the box and 20 points on the cable ends. So after a long time of tedious soldering and correcting a problem that should not have occured in the first place I finally have a working snake. The order was shipped on January 30th and after sending back the first defective snake and then repairing the second defective snake I finally have a working snake as of March 27th.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Big Headache

By FK Studios

from Monrovia,CA

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Pros

  • Price

Cons

  • Came Improperly Wired
  • Not Functional
  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Paper Weight

Comments about Musician's Gear Stage Snake:

As with most gear you get what you pay for, but this included a headache and pain in the butt. I was excited once the package arrived and quickly attached the 16x4 snake to my mackie onyx mixer in the studio. Flipped on the mixer and tested it with my PA system to find the most obnoxious hum came out with no microphones plugged in. Obviously I was disappointed and sent the product back and requested a new one. Then once again excited when it arrived, but only to the same freaking issue. So rather than send back again me and our studio tech opened the connections and box to find out Pin 1 and Pin 3 connections where swapped. Basically the ground connection was wired wrong. This was on all 20 points on the box and 20 points on the cable ends. So after a long time of tedious soldering and correcting a problem that should not have occured in the first place I finally have a working snake. The order was shipped on January 30th and after sending back the first defective snake and then repairing the second defective snake I finally have a working snake as of March 27th.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Horribly made. Do not buy!

By PhayzR

from Austin, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Musician's Gear Stage Snake:

      This device is a waste of money. Do yourself the favor and drop an extra 100 on one made by a reputable manufacturer.

      This Snake has horrible hum on all channels because pins 1 and 3 are swapped. To get around this you have to spend hours upon hours soldering both ends of each line.

      I wish I would have read the reviews of others before making my purchase. Now I'm stuck with another project, when this purchase was intended to be the final touch on my previous project.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      *** TERRIBLE GEAR ***

      By yakuba42

      from Oakland, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • No Pros

      Cons

      • Aweful Quality
      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Never

      Comments about Musician's Gear Stage Snake:

      I would not touch Musician's Friend wiring of any sort ever again. This snake has been nothing but trouble from the get go. Impossible to eliminate ground buzz. Thought I could save some money...unfortunately now I have to spend more to get it right. Other cables from Musician's friend have also failed on me quickly. In fact, I'm so angry with their quality I'll avoid doing business with this company from here on in.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      snake disappointing

      By Peter Miller

      from Canada

      Comments about Musician's Gear Stage Snake:

      Out of the carton it is un-usable with my sound gear.
      I just received this Musicina's Freind brand 50 ft 8 ch 4 return snake. I produce singer- songwriter coffeehouse shows in a room that seats 60 and wanted a snake for my gear- a Yamaha 8 channel mixer, QSC 1200 watt power amp for mains and subs. I've run this set-up for over five years problem free.

      I have been simply using eight 50 ft xlr cables to the stage for vocal mikes, DI, keyboards, etc. As soon as I powered up this puppy I knew there was big problems. The buzz from every channel was crazy loud- some channels crackled terribly when I increased the gain. I treid every channel with a Shure SM 58 to see if it was isolated to one or more channels and found all of them were bad.

      There are dimmer switches in the room and I was commiting a sound faux pas- running the power cord parallel to the snake . I moved the power cord to another outlet in another room no where near the snake, and made sure all the lights were off- no change at all. I went back to XLR cables and the sound is now crystal clear noise free and crackle free. I must assume the problem is in the snake. I could accept that some buzz or hum may be attributed to room conditions, but the crackling tells me there are poor connections on the cables, and this thing is brand new. I won't ever use this with my set up . Luckily I set up the night previous to the gig which gave me time to pull the snake out and run new cables to the stage.

      I think the product is substandard and will be returning it. Extremely disappointed.
      barnd new product obviously not well constructed
      would have been good if it worked as expected.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Disappointed.

      By Gary

      from Oklahoma

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

          Comments about Musician's Gear Stage Snake:

          Arrived in good condition, well packed. Strung it out on stage and powered up. Immediately got RF issues. Had to use my old snake. Checked out later and every channel had RF. Am packing it up and sending back. Appears to be a quality control issue with the manufacturer. Probably will not try it again. I could have switched and re-soldered leads but that's what I paid someone else to do.

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Shield Wired Wrong!!!

          By JPS1

          from Rockaway Beach, OR

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Not Functional
            • Poor Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Musician's Gear Stage Snake:

              I bought this snake for use at our conference center. It sat in storage for a little over a year, and I just pulled it out the other to set up for a big group. As soon as I hooked it up to the mixer I got a terrible hum on every channel. I thought maybe I had some power line too close or something... tried separating lines, moved the box around... no effect. Finally I opened up the box and to my astonishment I found that the shield and signal grounds were revered on every lead... both ends!!! The shield was feeding directly into the signal. I had no choice but to re-solder every connection, because I needed the snake right away. What a waste of my time. There is no way that this was tested in the factory because it could not have worked in any circumstance as far as I can tell. Simple quality control would go a long way on this one.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Don't Purchase

              By Whb3

              from Washington DC

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Musician's Gear Stage Snake:

                  First time we used it I thought there was some user error with newbie av helpers. But after I completely set it up correctly I discovered 5-7 channels were bad. We had used it once for 2 hrs and stored in tote by itself. I bought the snake because of the price. I was using it for church band & singers on stage. Would never recommend to anyone.

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Nice Item Just Not for Me

                  By Norman Garrey

                  from Wyoming

                  Comments about Musician's Gear Stage Snake:

                  It may be the snake for you but it wasn't for me. Not great but not bad.
                  The 8x4 Stage Snake was not a that bad in terms of the construction.

                  The inputs were riveted in so that was the deciding factor in returning it. I want something that I can get into "just in case".
                  It was larger than what I was looking for on my install. The box was twice the size that I wanted and there was a lot of wasted space that could have made it smaller.
                  Value wise it wasn't bad but the cable restraint on the box was plastic and cheap. It would not hold up to touring.

                  Returning it made the value not a great deal.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  16/4 Musicians Friend Mic. Cable Snake

                  By Charlie Brown

                  from Waco, Tx.

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                  Comments about Musician's Gear Stage Snake:

                  I bought one of these Snakes a couple of years back. It was installed in a fixed venue. My first readings of reviews talked of the quality of the snake & the biggest problem was the connectors in the box end were always coming loose. I took a chance, got the snake, took the box apart, tightened all screws, then super glued threads. With all of this maintenance the screws still came loose allowing plug ends to fall into the box. I have basically left all cables attached to box until they go bad then replace them. If you can do this the price is not bad, but if you are a tear down P.A. company of any sort, I would recommend buying a Whirlwind Brand or comparable!!!!! I do still use snake but have intermittent problems from day to day. You will also find these problems w/musicians friend cables. Bought 10 & in 1 year only 2 left working.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Does the job

                  By Oldguitarman-lhlvu

                  from Springfield IL

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                  Comments about Musician's Gear Stage Snake:

                  I purchased the 12 channel 100 foot version to use for my working Rock Band. We play 3 gigs per month. After 10 months of continuous use, I have had no problems whatsoever. It performs exactly the way it was intended. We take care of it, and treat the connectors with care, but it does what it is supposed to do.I would recommend it.

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