Ashly amplifies Hickory Corners motor museum
Friday, 15 June 2018
gilmorecarmuseuminteriorNearly 400 cars are displayed in the museum’s outbuildings
USA - For automobile enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone who’s generally curious, the Gilmore Car Museum is the place to go. Located on 90 acres in the rural town of Hickory Corners, Michigan, the museum opened in 1966 with just 35 cars from the personal collection of founder Donald Gilmore.
Success and interest led to even more interest and success, and partnerships with other classic car organisations helped to grow the collection to nearly 400 cars that are displayed in an ever-growing number of outbuildings.
Local AV integration firm Crookston Audio installed a paging system a decade ago centred on an Ashly amplifier that is still going strong. However, so much expansion has happened since then that the museum called the company back to extend it. Crookston obliged with new Ashly amplification and DSP, using Dante to feed signal to the more remote outbuildings.
“Paging is a challenge at the Gilmore Car Museum because everything is spread out,” explained John Crookston, owner of Crookston Audio. “The system we gave them 10 years ago is still great, but several organisations had since added buildings that weren’t covered. In addition, budget constraints for the original system prevented us from delaying any of the output, so there was a noticeable ‘Grand Canyon’ effect whenever anyone made an announcement. With Ashly’s Pema Series and nXp Series combined processors and multi-channel amplifiers with Dante, we could address both problems at the same time.”
He continued, “We’ve been using Ashly for a long time. We like that they offer a complete set of solutions for any situation and that the Ashly Protea DSP software always operates exactly the same way, regardless of which specific product we’re using. We figure it out once, and then there’s zero learning curve. In addition, the Ashly DSP has all of the features we could possibly want to optimize sound for our clients. Honestly, I’m one of those guys who finds something that works and then sticks with it. I’m not really hunting around for other manufacturers because our Ashly solutions always get the job done and done well.”
An existing Ashly PE-800 amplifier continues to drive the original paging system, but Crookston added a Shure SCM262 mixer ahead of it, along with a new Shure SLX wireless microphone system and a new Denon DN-300Z media player. A new Ashly Pema 4125.70 accepts output from the original system, and its four 125W networked amplifier channels power nearby outbuildings that had lacked coverage.
“We’re new to Dante, and we only later realised that the museum had put each separate outbuilding on its own separate network,” Crookston said. “However, they also had a second run to each building that wasn’t being used. We were able to establish a single network that is now dedicated to Dante and is ready to grow as the museum continues to grow. Once we had a network, it was a simple two-minute process to get all of the Ashly gear communicating via Dante.”
(Jim Evans)

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