Admin Post A friend of mine has been leading worship at an old country church for a few years. They didn't own the building, and it got to the point where the owners did not want to spend the money to keep the building maintained... because it was not feasible anyway. So they just now found a new place to meet... in the middle of their town... in an old church building that was built before sound system installs were a concern. It's only used for weddings now. They're signing a lease and such now. They will be required to "leave it how you found it" after each use, of course. I have been in the building. Its like a miniature version of the Ryman, here in Nashville... in that, the room is designed like a horn-loaded speaker. And it sounds BEAUTIFUL as is... with no sound system. I heard my friend play and sing his acoustic guitar from the stage, with no amplification of guitar or voice, and it was beautiful. Here's a pic. BUT... they just had their first meeting in there tonight. And there were about 30 people signing along. The sound from the audience position is still amazing, but my friend said that he could no longer hear his guitar or his own voice because of everyone signing back at him. He occasionally has a friend accompany him on acoustic guitar, and he occasionally plays the acoustic piano. The room holds 180, and of course they are hoping to experience some growth in attendance. They have money to spend on sound equipment - they're not trying to get out with the cheapest thing made. But they do have to set up/tear down for every service. They came to me for help with amplification. I said, "As little as you can get away with." I also told them to avoid using speakers on poles on the right and left sides of the stage... as it would likely ruin the natural acoustics of the room.. introducing a "source" of sound that was not directly center stage, and volume could very quickly get away from them. I said to just put something small and manageable on stage with them. Then I remembered those Bose L1 pole things. I'm not a Bose fan in the least... but I have heard the L1 system used at solo or very minimal acoustic gigs... and I was blown away. I've seen them positioned behind the solo singer/player so that it offers him/her monitoring, but distributes music for the whole room. What do you guys think about my advice to them at this point? Are other reputable companies making similarly designed setup these days? I'm an anti-Bose bias from way back... and even despite hearing the L1 system in person, I'd still like to steer them in a different direction. My challenge is that... they are in another state... and I will not be there to help. But they will take my word for it, and go buy whatever I say. Its a really small rural area, and they're not going to get anyone to come out and see the place and offer advice. They'll just do whatever I tell them... so I want to make sure I at least get them in the ball park. Any thoughts?