Tips for Outfitting the Sanctuary
1. Evaluating Chairs
-- Quality Church Furniture
Ask about quantity discounts. What does this mean? It means if you are ordering more than one piece of equipment, you might be able to get a bulk quantity discount. This is because it costs less to manufacture several pieces of furniture at once.
Another way to save money is by ordering a factory seconds or overstock pieces of furniture.
If you’re not certain you’re going to buy furniture right now, you might be able to still lock in a price by requesting a quote from the company. Some quotes lock in your price for a certain amount of time.
-- Heavenly Wood
* Provide even lighting from all congregation viewing angles for the people on the platform.
-- Alectro Systems
So, they look at the bids, and usually will choose the least expensive bid in the stack. Churches that follow this practice will typically by two more systems before arriving at the one they should've purchased in the first place. By the time this has been done, the cash outlay far exceeds the medium priced bids that they originally received in the first place. So, look at all of your bids very carefully, look at the quality of the gear involved in each, and make the decision that best fits the needs of your church.
-- Direct Pro Audio
5. Replacing Flooring
The point is that hard surfaces support congregational singing and, generally speaking, churches like to have bright and lively sounding congregational areas. Many churches have carpeted walkways and wood or concrete flooring under the pews. This way there is a quiet entry and exit path with a lively singing space.
Another carpet problem to consider is that when a piano is played over carpet it dulls the sound. Try adding an office chair plastic carpet protector under the piano and you'll hear how it brightens up and starts to actually sound like a real wood instrument. Choirs are plagued by the same problem. Putting a choir on a carpeted floor is like pulling out their vocal chords.
Be sure you know the reasons why you want to change carpet before doing so. This will help you select the best solution for your situation. Remember, any change in the acoustics load will appear in the voice of the room. Carpet has lots of fibers, which present acoustic friction. Removing carpet changes the amount of acoustic friction in the room, which changes the reverberation of the room.
-- Acoustic Sciences Corporation