Alan Gordon Enterprises Combo Scene Slate Reviews: 5 out of 5 Sharikoff – March 13, 2013: Does the job, well made By Sharikoff from New York, NY About Me: Professional Artist I think this one is made well and doesn’t seem to have the falling out screw shortcoming of the very popular Pearstone slate. I chose it also because of the included carry pouch (keeps the rest of gear clean) and the included dry-erase marker was good in a hurry. 5 out of 5 Denn Pietro – August 22, 2013: Clap on, Clap off… the clapper! By Denn Pietro from Detroit, MI About Me: Business Owner The slate works great. Having a pouch and marker is a nice extra with this purchase because, let’s face it, I wouldn’t have bought a pouch right away and one of the production assistants would have been scrambling to find a marker at the last minute so having everything already contained together is great for peace of mind! 5 out of 5 Dark Horse Productions – November 14, 2013: Works great By Dark Horse Productions from Ohio This has a great build quality and a magnet to hold the wooden clackers together. It has a nice crisp clean sound and is very functional with its high visibility dry erase board. 5 out of 5 mdp – February 10, 2014: Great Product for Video sound syncing. By mdp from Albuquerque, nm About Me: Videographer Very durable and lightweight. Gets the job done! 5 out of 5 AddMedia – April 6, 2014: Perfect for filmmakers on a budget By AddMedia from Northfield, MN About Me: Business Owner Some people just need an affordable, basic “clapper.” This is that product. It’s well built, large enough for almost anyone’s handwriting and much louder than the slate apps designed for iPads. The accompanying pouch helps protect it when not in use. 5 out of 5 Aspiring Filmmaker – July 29, 2014: Way cool! By Aspiring Filmmaker from Norcross, GA Used this for the first time (ever) the other day and felt all official and stuff! So look forward to using this more. But about the product: Solidly built, clean and solid slate tone. Great product! Yes, I would recommend this to a friend 5 out of 5 Mista Toad – February 11, 2015: Best Non-Time Code slate I’ve used. By Mista Toad from Seattle, WA About Me: Professional Artist I borrowed someone’s Alan Gordon slate and realized, this is the one to get. The magnets are strong, which has always been important to me and the hinges don’t have much play in it (even on the well-worn one I borrowed). I liked the sound of it…it’s easy to get a clear sound with it. Later, as I was looking at the literature about it, I realized that they use Alder wood, which gives it its crisp clear sound. Whatever it is, it works well. 5 out of 5 ImagesbyTFM – March 4, 2015: Big time saver! By ImagesbyTFM from Monroe, NJ About Me: Documentary Videographer, Professional Artist I’ve never used a clap stick before for my growing video documentary work. Now that I’ve wasted many hours on various projects trying to sync up the external audio with the video from my Nikon D800, I recognize the value of “clapping” every time the video or audio is restarted. At this stage, I’m not so much interested in recording details about the particular scene, just making sure that there is an easily identifiable starting point for each recording device. I just received this slate and have yet to use it but it seems to be very well made and I expect it to outlast me. If it falls apart, I’ll rewrite this review and let you know. The concept behind this device has been around about 100 years, and for good reason. The need to sync sound with video is as important as ever. Video editing software cannot be depended upon to correctly sync. I have found that machine synced audio/video has often caused the video to disappear. Manual syncing can avoid this problem. I expect this device to keep my synced. 5 out of 5 Tom From – July 12, 2015: Top quality for a decent price By Tom From Concord, NH About Me: Professional Videographer Because I typically shoot with 3-4 cameras, synchronizing the audio tracks to the video and to each other is critical. This is a top quality clapper board that produces a creisp clear sound for the audio and has a surface that is easy to write on/erase. The color bars help when making color correction across multiple video clips. Occasionally, I will add a Post-It-Note with details about the scene to have a quick reference at the beginning or end of a clip. 5 out of 5 Stephen – July 31, 2015: LATE, SLATE, SLATE..ANOTHER SLATE By Stephen from TEXAS About Me: Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist Some are better than others! I have used them all! This one fits the bill and is built a little better that most. Deep etched, came with a nice bag to storage bag (Kind of funny but OK this does kick the price up a tad), Dry erase marker (ok sure…good linear thinking). I usually end up writing numbers on gaffer tape rather than erasing numbers and rewriting…but that is me. Wood clapper, looks official, why? Because it is official… Get one or two…these will always wear out and one may end up tinkering one back together…no just this brand or model…ALL OF THEM EVENTUALLY GET RICKITY. But that is the game. You know it! I know it! They know it! We are a very informed people!