Okay, different scenario here. Do any of you find that rather decent orchestras or ensembles wind up playing where they can and one of the large determining factors of that is the almighty dollar? I'm finding more and more orchestras nowadays that are performing in high school auditoriums and then I find out that most of these guys don't understand the compromises that go into one of these "all-in-one" auditoriums. For example: * The wings - when not properly closed off by either a shell or the fire curtains, sound builds up back here and gets lost, especially low brass, low strings and some percussion. * The way-too-high cielings back stage - see above; also, these were designed this high so props could be moved into place, not so the sound could reverberate onwards and upwards. * The acoustic shell - I witnessed an ensemble who put up a shell recently. All in all, this is not a bad thing. What was bad was, they only had 4 sections, so they spaced them out across the back. Can you say "nature's version of comb filtering"? What really frustrates me is, in this area, there are some magnificant halls that orchestras could play in (and a lot of crappy ones too). But, they price the rental of the hall so high, that no orchestra without a $1 mil/year budget could afford it. That's like building a church and charging the preacher to preach! What's wrong with the world today? I have an idea! Instead of going to see a concert, we could make 64 bps MP3s of orchestras, charge people a dollar for admission and let them come into a community center, put on walkmans and listen. That's the road we're headed down.