Or put another way... people asking for free don't really know what they want, what it cost, or what it takes for you to get the job done. All they know is that want some kind of sound and that they can't or don't want to pay for it.
Or, more commonly...."We need a microphone.""Well, what system are you going to plug it into?""Oh, we don't need some big fancy system, we just need a microphone to make announcements."Here ya go... *one SM58*
Not the first time I've told this tale:The head of the entertainment committee/MC asked me not once, not twice, but three times a day for wireless mic so he could go to the opposite end of the festival grounds and make announcements from there so the folks at that end could hear him...even though the sound still came out the mains at the stage.Uff da!!!
... you mean the microphone doesn't just amplify the sound by itself? I need something else too?!? That's what I've been doing wrong..............-Ray
Here you go, Ray:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF4ny7KivzA
At least we're all on the same page.
I'm running up against something similar from the performance side. I play with a group who for the last couple of years has agreed to perform at a benefit for a well known charity at a local casino. We agreed to to it for no cost to the charity because it is an early in the season knock the dust off gig after a quiet winter, it's a good cause and production was being provided by the casino and underwritten by a third party. Great, all I have to do is provide a current input list and stage plot and all we have to do is show up and play. I get a call this year that they don't have an sponsor for the production this year. They'll cover it this year, but want to know if we can bring production in next year. They're gonna squirm when I quote a price that $500 more than the casino charges because not only do I have to bring in sufficient production to cover the same room, I also have to transport it back and forth from my place along with all the other overhead that still happens when I use my systems.
A year should be plenty of time for them to find a sponsorship, for next year.
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