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Anyone built or installed an orchestra shell?

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Tim Weaver:
Who does this kind of design work? All I see online is Wenger. Are they the "ETC" of acoustic shells?


I'm now the Media Director of a large church. We are remodeling our space in January and I'd like to get rid of our current plaster ceiling and have some moveable acoustic shells built to fly over the choir riser (approx 120 choir "seats", but we regularly have 100 voices). We do traditional choir and orchestra for the early service and contemporary music the second service. What I'm pitching is 8 linesets (ETC Automated lifts) with the furthest upstage flying out 30' wide LED screen. Then alternating lights, acoustic cloud, lights, acoustic cloud, etc.

So I need some custom sized clouds, but the reflective kind, not the absorbtive kind. Who does this kind of work?

How much am I about to spend! lol

Glen Kelley:

--- Quote from: Tim Weaver on August 24, 2023, 05:48:51 PM ---
So I need some custom sized clouds, but the reflective kind, not the absorbtive kind. Who does this kind of work?

How much am I about to spend! lol

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Texas Scenic? I believe that is who did the symphony shell for our local theater. It consists of clouds with integrated downlighting that live on the linesets, and super tall
moveable wall sections on carts...some wheeled, and some un-wheeled that require a custom lifting dolly. I'll take a look the next time I am in the building and take a snap of the ID tags.

Robert Healey:

--- Quote from: Tim Weaver on August 24, 2023, 05:48:51 PM ---Who does this kind of design work? All I see online is Wenger. Are they the "ETC" of acoustic shells?


I'm now the Media Director of a large church. We are remodeling our space in January and I'd like to get rid of our current plaster ceiling and have some moveable acoustic shells built to fly over the choir riser (approx 120 choir "seats", but we regularly have 100 voices). We do traditional choir and orchestra for the early service and contemporary music the second service. What I'm pitching is 8 linesets (ETC Automated lifts) with the furthest upstage flying out 30' wide LED screen. Then alternating lights, acoustic cloud, lights, acoustic cloud, etc.

So I need some custom sized clouds, but the reflective kind, not the absorbtive kind. Who does this kind of work?

How much am I about to spend! lol

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In an architect-led project (i.e. not a design build), shell geometry and performance are typically recommended by an acoustical consultant/engineer and then the shell is drawn up and specified by the theater consultant/engineer. If you are looking for a design-build delivery rather than involving engineers, a theatrical integrator could supply the shell (but won't be able to do some things - for instance, be able to tell you how much weight the roof can hold)

Wenger/Clancy manufactures shells but is also now an integrator. I suspect they are the largest supplier of orchestra shells in the country. You have to use them as an installer and they do not sell to other dealers.

Staging Concepts manufactures shells and will work with local theatrical dealers. In your area I would be talking to Texas Scenic, Mainstage, or Barbizon.

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