New Musical Fountain system to debut Thursday

Grand Haven’s improved Musical Fountain will sound off Thursday for the first time, featuring tunes old and new. The Pro Audio Inc. crew began tearing down the old equipment Monday, and on Tuesday set to assembling 16 new speakers, five amplifiers and other equipment. Testing of the new system is expected Wednesday. Andy Cawthon, who chairs the Musical Fountain committee, said the installation appeared complicated, but was assured it’s like replacing a home stereo. Pro Audio Inc. installed the original system over 30 years ago. Cawthon said the new system will provide better sound quality on the low and high ends, and improved range. The chairman would not give details on Thursday’s performance at 10 p.m., but said it would feature “something old and something new.” The performance will begin with something familiar to the fountain audience, and will end with a new song. The Sound Investment campaign raised more than $150,000 in community donations, including a Grand Haven Community Foundation grant of $20,000. City Council in March approved $100,411 in community funds toward the new system. The speaker housings will require renovation, Cawthon said. “The town, as always, is being incredibly generous,” he said. “A huge thank you to all of the sponsors, contractors and the community who have helped make this happen. It’s just been incredible.”

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