Prison Pete

Thursday, September 09, 2004
  All in a day’s work.
I have resolved most of the problems on the sound system we use for our inmate concerts. We are not allowed to have any electronic instruments, so the system is based on microphones and acoustic guitar pickups. Now I have to present the way it should be, as opposed to the way the stupidvisor, who was not present for the concerts, said it should be.

He recently purchased a second Pyramid amplifier that proudly boasts of having 1,000 watts. It turns out that the actual useable watts for an 8-ohm system is only 130 watts per channel. It does not even have the power to drive the big speakers that we use. I ended up using the Mackie amp that has 250 watts per channel.

I also reviewed a GSA version of the Staples catalog, and found out that some stuff they have been driving into town to buy from a store, wasting over two hours of work time, can be bought at drastically cheaper prices.

For example, Brother P-Touch label cartridges should be $8.00, but they paid $18.00.

Typewriter ribbons should be $2.50, or $1.90 for no-name brands, but they paid $8.00.

I am working on making a catalog of those supplies we regularly need, so that they can order the correct stuff in the future.

All in a day’s work.
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