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How to hide a large speaker in a Halloween display? Answered

We're preparing a bit of an over-the-top Halloween display.  Part of it involves three singing pumpkins on some sort of pedestal.  To provide the audio, we're using a guitar amp — it's about 16 inches high and sounds fantastic.

Sounds fantastic, that is, until we stick it inside a cardboard-and-foam pedestal, at which point it sounds muffled and sad.  We could crank up the volume, but that doesn't really produce the clear sound we're going for.

At the same time, I don't want the amp just sitting there on the lawn... I want to preserve the illusion that the pumpkins are producing the sound.  So I need to hide the amp in/under the pedestal, while still allowing clear sound.

We've considered just having the pedestal open on front, draped with a thin dark cloth to hide what's inside.  That would probably sound great, but it no longer looks like a stone pedestal.  If there's going to be a big dark hole in it, I need some explanation for why the hole should be there, so it doesn't seem out of place.

Anybody have any ideas how we can effectively hide this big speaker in the scene?

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gmoon (author)2014-08-16

I like KentR1's idea re: painting the grill cloth like stone--although that cloth isn't inexpensive, btw. You could use burlap or black landscaping fabric instead (not all paint will adhere to landscaping fabric, tho).

Some other ideas--cover a large opening in the pedestal with black cloth, and add a big spider and web in front of the cloth.

Or cut several holes, 1--2 in diameter in the pedestal, and loosely hide them with bugs, bats, etc.

Might not hurt to have a larger opening on the back of the pedestal, either. that alone will de-muffle your sound some...

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Downunder35m (author)2014-08-15

I would use a foam mat for the front cover and paint it stone like.

Not only can use a heat gun to make the texture look more natural but depending of the type of stone you try to create a simple spray can job will do the finnish.

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Kiteman (author)2014-08-15

Maybe build a model cave? You can stand your pumpkins on or around it, and put the amp in the cave, behind a black curtain.

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KentR1 (author)Kiteman2014-08-15

This is a common props problem, in that the sound needs holes in the box to get out cleanly. Your idea of using speaker cloth on the front of the box is correct. The speaker cloth (or just plain cotton cloth) can be spray painted and then sponged to paint on the stone look. Could not find an instructable, but here is a link on the technique: www.ehow.com/how_7669959_paint-faux-stone-finish-f...

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