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Diamond Jubilee PAs from classic to contemporary

Delta Sound deployed JBL VTX line arrays along the River Thames while Ace Vintage Systems set up a classic Martin Audio system including 215 Mk3 subs and MH112 mids.

A mixture of old and new PA systems amplified the celebrations during this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the UK. Starting with the new, Surrey-based rental company Delta Sound supplied the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant with hangs of JBL VTX line arrays, lined along the Thames River from Putney Bridge to Tower Bridge and on down to Greenwich. Delta Sound set up 27 separate areas along the route, comprised of 45 individual hangs which came to a total of 156 VTX V25 line array elements and 54 JBL VERTEC line array loudspeakers. The units were spread 70 meters apart and mounted on Type 1 and Type 2 masts, with six elements per hang. Belgium-based dry hire company, AED Rent – who made a ‘jumbo’ JBL order in January of this year – supplied the enclosures. “Due to an extremely busy summer schedule, AED offered a welcome solution in providing the 210 boxes needed in total for the pageant,” explained Delta Sound managing director, Paul Keating, Meanwhile, Alex Czechowski of Ace Vintage Systems provided an entirely analogue sound at a Jubilee event in Greatworth, Northampton, deploying a Dave Martin system that included Martin Audio 215 Mk3 subs, MH112 mids (also known as ‘Ladyshaves’) and some tops. “It sounded fantastic, producing a really warm and clear sound,” said Czechowski. “It showed that new British music is alive and raw which I think makes a change in these corporate times.”