"Best" First Buzzer System?

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"Best" First Buzzer System?

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What's a good, relatively cheap system? The cheapest thing I can find is battery powered & has automatic reset, which seems like it would be awful for competition. I've also looked at the Officiator and SVBZ's systems, but we're a few fundraisers away from being able to afford those so I thought I should check with the community here to see if anything else is reliable/cheap/available.

(Forgive me if I'm throwing this in the wrong forum, but as I'm looking to buy the first buzzer set for my new(ish) collegiate team, I figured this would be the place to go. (I also couldn't find a recent discussion - the most recent seemed to be from 2006, so I'm not sure how much of that information is applicable))
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You might want to take a look at PACEBuzz: viewtopic.php?f=123&t=18407&p=313451&hi ... zz#p313451
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If you want to bring your buzzer to tournaments - and not just practice - you'll need to shell out the money for at least an Anderson (SVBZ's are not very good). The Andersons with a hand-held box are the holy grail of buzzers, imo.
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Cody wrote:If you want to bring your buzzer to tournaments - and not just practice - you'll need to shell out the money for at least an Anderson (SVBZ's are not very good). The Andersons with a hand-held box are the holy grail of buzzers, imo.
Yeah I am a big fan of the Anderson buzzers. They're cheap, easy to set up, and pretty reliable.

But for practice situations PACEBuzz can be a good option (it's what we use at UW practices).
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Cody wrote:The Andersons with a hand-held box are the holy grail of buzzers, imo.
Another vote for Andersons here. We have five of them, and have had really good response from them when we've needed replacement parts.

Somehow I missed the table-top box sets in the past (http://www.andersonbuzzersystems.com/tabletop.html). We have the handheld buzzers. The table-top box would eliminate the issue of "who buzzed in first" because of the light on the box. But why are they cheaper? Do the table-top boxes tend to break or malfunction?
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mjoy wrote:
Cody wrote:The Andersons with a hand-held box are the holy grail of buzzers, imo.
Another vote for Andersons here. We have five of them, and have had really good response from them when we've needed replacement parts.

Somehow I missed the table-top box sets in the past (http://www.andersonbuzzersystems.com/tabletop.html). We have the handheld buzzers. The table-top box would eliminate the issue of "who buzzed in first" because of the light on the box. But why are they cheaper? Do the table-top boxes tend to break or malfunction?
Nope; those are the ones we have four of!
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Cody wrote:
mjoy wrote:
Cody wrote:The Andersons with a hand-held box are the holy grail of buzzers, imo.
Another vote for Andersons here. We have five of them, and have had really good response from them when we've needed replacement parts.

Somehow I missed the table-top box sets in the past (http://www.andersonbuzzersystems.com/tabletop.html). We have the handheld buzzers. The table-top box would eliminate the issue of "who buzzed in first" because of the light on the box. But why are they cheaper? Do the table-top boxes tend to break or malfunction?
Nope; those are the ones we have four of!
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