One of my kids’ schools desperately needs new/better sound amplification equipment in their auditorium.
What they currently have is not only inadequate even if it was working properly (need at least another pair of speakers to fill the space acoustically), but someone’s blown the tweeters in the speakers so that it’s definitely not working properly. The stage needs heavier acoustic curtains, plus some drop-down mics for performances.
It’s a multi-purpose hall for indoor sports as well, so sound acoustics were not the primary consideration in creating the space, and it shows. Which is a real shame, because the music and drama programs at the school are excellent, and deserve a much better showcase than this auditorium currently provides. The music/drama teachers have been told several times that the funds to fix the current speakers have had to be allocated elsewhere and that their turn will come shortly (yeah, right).
Given that sound equipment is evolving quickly, so that many perfectly good sound systems are traded in for upgrades and/or written off by suppliers against tax because they can’t be sold, how does one go about persuading people with an excess of such sound equipment to generate some community goodwill and publicity by donating their stuff to a needy school? I’ve never gone on the scrounge for the school before, but I’m very willing to do some research and see if I can work out a way to sort this deficient system out. Any advice?