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    I need some suggestions on mounting lights (spots) to light up performers from the front in small venues.
    Many bars we play at are too small to allow us to set lighting stands downstage to light performers.
    I was thinking about mounting lights on the top of the mid high speakers, but I am not aware of any lighting mounts that fit on speakers and can be put there safely.
    Does anyone know of a light bar that can mount on the tops of speakers, be anchored there properly, and not have to worry about them comming off?
    Thanks in advance for all your input.
    John
    John
    Anything is easy when you know how

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    heavy mic stand base + black PVC + O-Clamps + Colorstrip or similar

    I cut the PVC into two lengths of about 30". Drilled a hole through at the mid-point and used a long bolt and some lock washers to fasten it to the mic stand base. These sit on top of my speaker stacks and have never budged...it's basically like setting a free weight disc that has rubber feet up there on a carpeted surface. It just doesn't move.
    StudioLive 16.4.2 - Yorkville U15p - JTR Growler subs - Good Ears and Curious Mind

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    • #3
      Depending on your brand/model of speakers, it can be quite easy.

      Do they have fly points? If so, simply use that sized bold in an O Clamp. This will secure a length of 1.5" tubing securely to the top of the speaker then use other O Clamps to attach as many fixtures as you desire.
      Thanks,
      Bill Cronheim
      Entertainment Systems Corporation
      Back stage since 1965
      Equipment specialist since 1973

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      • #4

        Do they have fly points?


        Unfortunately no. I thought about that, but alas.....
        The speakers are JBL SRX715
        John
        Anything is easy when you know how

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        • #5
          wish I had a better photo of this for you, but maybe it helps a little:
          StudioLive 16.4.2 - Yorkville U15p - JTR Growler subs - Good Ears and Curious Mind

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          • #6
            hey, my speakers have flypoints - nice idea, BillESC!
            StudioLive 16.4.2 - Yorkville U15p - JTR Growler subs - Good Ears and Curious Mind

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            • #7
              I put a flange on top of each cabinet secured with 4 screws. They come in different diameters so you can use what ever diameter pipe you wish and length of tube. Simple solution.
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              • #8
                All
                I need some suggestions on mounting lights (spots) to light up performers from the front in small venues.
                Many bars we play at are too small to allow us to set lighting stands downstage to light performers.
                I was thinking about mounting lights on the top of the mid high speakers, but I am not aware of any lighting mounts that fit on speakers and can be put there safely.
                Does anyone know of a light bar that can mount on the tops of speakers, be anchored there properly, and not have to worry about them comming off?
                Thanks in advance for all your input.
                John


                I don't have pictures, but I can get some this weekend, but what I did was bolt a plumbing flange to the top of my speakers, then I run a 2' piece of 1"pipe up to a T joint and run two 2' sections out from that - It makes a T with a 4' cross. It gets your front lights up nice and high. I put a ColorStrip and a couple of PAR38's on each side with Amber Bastard Gels. Worked really well.
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                • #9
                  Ultimate Support offers a slip flange. Basicly, a thin flat plate is screwed/bolted to the top of the speaker (flat is nice) and a plate slides into it and is secured with a set screw. The plate has a tube that will accept a 1.5" tube and once again, you're off and running.
                  Thanks,
                  Bill Cronheim
                  Entertainment Systems Corporation
                  Back stage since 1965
                  Equipment specialist since 1973

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                  • mstreck
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                    BillESC wrote:
                    Ultimate Support offers a slip flange. Basicly, a thin flat plate is screwed/bolted to the top of the speaker (flat is nice) and a plate slides into it and is secured with a set screw. The plate has a tube that will accept a 1.5" tube and once again, you're off and running.

                     

                    Any chance someone has a part number for this?


                • #10
                  I don't have pictures, but I can get some this weekend, but what I did was bolt a plumbing flange to the top of my speakers, then I run a 2' piece of 1"pipe up to a T joint and run two 2' sections out from that - It makes a T with a 4' cross. It gets your front lights up nice and high. I put a ColorStrip and a couple of PAR38's on each side with Amber Bastard Gels. Worked really well.



                  That is what is in my photo.
                  My Space
                  http://www.soundclick.com/bands/defa...?bandID=497122

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                  • #11
                    I put top hats in the tops of my mid/high cabs for mounting light bars. works great.
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                    • #12

                      If it was me I wouldn't drill any holes in SRX715s.   


                      Have you thought about using a ratchet strap across the top running between the two handles to hold down whatever you want to attach? 

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