I am getting a 1921 ready for our towns memorial day parade. I would like to play the military themes for the army navy marines and airforce loud enough for the crowds, on each side of a two lane road to hear. I have Ipods etc to record music on. I have a 6 volt system but can add a 12 volt battery and 110 volt inverter. So any suggestion appreciated I assume I will need to buy 1 or 2 speakers to mount on the front fender bumper ??
I guess it depends on who else is in the parade and where the organizers put you. I was going to do as you are planning but the "old cars" were always right in front of, or right behind, either the town's emergency equipment with their sirens screeching, or the high school bands, which made up in volume what they may have lacked in finesse.
Look into Blue Tooth speakers. They are small, remote, do not require any hookups or wiring and some can stay charged for up to 12 hours of playing time. They are also durable. Any electronic store has them for sale-Best Buy, etc. They can put out a lot of sound.
You could go old tech and carry a boom box with the music on cassette (Remember those?). Recently I bought a very good one at an auction for $3.
years ago the Chico Model A club (sorry, not T club) would do an unapproved 4th of July parade through Downtown Chico. Since the city had dropped having one, the club just did it--without a permit. At the time I had a roadster, so took a boom box and put it on the package tray playing Sousa Marches as we drove through downtown. Seemed to work pretty well--of course we didn't have marching bands nor fire-truck sirens to deal with either.
Last year for the 4th of July parade we did just what you are wanting to do. It was patriotic music. We played the tunes via a I pod, but had a honda generator running the sound system, two large speakers on the back. This of course was on our TT. We placed first in our class.
How about something like this.
Steve, cassettes are old school and very cool....Just don't forget to have a pencil handy at signs of trouble.
Just get a couple of Altec Lansing bluetooth speakers. They have their own rechargeable power source and can be linked to any device with bluetooth capability (smartphone, laptop).
Or something like this?
All jokes aside in Thailand they will mount speakers into bumpers, I did not get a picture of one of the smaller vans but heres a common bus.
Ok well maybe not all jokes aside and a little more OT just how many mirrors can you count?
Heaven is where the police are British, the cooks are French, the mechanics German, the lovers Italian and it's all organised by the Swiss. Hell is where the chefs are British, the mechanics French, the lover's Swiss, the police German and it's all organised by the Italians
But to work back on topic when it comes to a party upcountry in Thailand where the desire to create music from a slow moving vehicle it is common to load with speakers (stage speakers stacked up maybe 10 feet tall and 12 feet across) and then power them with a portable generator. Without going to the extreme here a friend of mine has a wireless speaker/amp and powers it via phone or anything blue tooth. The sound is very loud and being a wireless speaker so long as the internal battery is charged it is good to go.
Chad, you think those are mirrors?
On my WWII jeep, we take a small MP3 player and the largest portable speakers we can and put them in a ammo box with holes drilled for the sond. It's pretty loud and we play the same music for the big band era or military songs of the wra. The battery charge lasts about 6 hours.
My friend saw the idea and did the same thing with a 45 record case and puts rock n roll music in his 1960 Edsel and leaves it in the rear seat playing during car shows.
Yu could find an old tool box or piece of luggase on each running board and do the same thing. I think the volumn level will be yur main issue to play over not only the sound of the T engine and the vehicles around you, but the crowd noise and other parade related noises.
I'm with Steve. _The simplest, cheapest and easiest way to go is a portable
Boom-Box with a built-in CD player, of which there are plenty for sale, online.
Then get the "Our Gang"/"Little Rascals" CD (above) from this website (The original music was re-recorded in a modern studio and the sound quality is just wonderful):
You can listen to them online here: