Arc Church Podium

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Arc Church Podium

We previously said that this church podium is light enough to be carried by one person, but now it is even lighter and most stage managers can lift it with one arm.

The Arc is our best selling church podium- you will have probably seen it on US television. In fact we now send 62% of what we make to the USA.

Like our other church podiums, it is made by us here in Australia in our own (small) dedicated factory. We also use some specialist outside engineers and craftsmen. We do this because this church podium requires a unique Sydney combination of technology, craftsmen, and local churches that are very demanding!

We are obsessed about design- before settling down to concentrate on podiums full time, Stephen worked as a product design consultant and later won the newcomers award at the Milan furniture fair.

We make the parts and pack the pulpits- all in one small area. This means we think about the individual customers when we make and pack them. Because we engage with our customers like this, we care about what we are sending you. To do a good job of making this pulpit is difficult (as the Apple designer Jonathan Ive says ‘it is difficult to make something look simple’). The only way to get the level of finish we want it is to make it ourselves.

We are pulpit specialists. Because we think about church podiums all day long, we are constantly making changes to improve it. If you purchased one last year, the one you buy this year will be slightly better. They are now 230% more stable, and yet 35% lighter than when we first made them.

Its minimal look means it suits a variety of interiors. The neutral materials help too- stainless steel and perspex will blend into both warehouse style sanctuaries and wooden traditional style churches. After all, we want you to concentrate on the preacher, not on the lectern.

Materials are radial brushed stainless steel with a clear plastic scratch resistant top. The wide top (70cm/ 28") is the most popular. Either size will fit easily into a car (great if you are a church start up or for getting it to another venue).

If you have a projector screen behind the preacher you will probably need anti reflective film (see price below) to prevent light reflecting off the lectern top onto the screen. In this case, lights from above the stage reflect off the lectern top and onto the projector screen. You can test for this by turning on your stage lights and holding an old style (shiny) CD case where the lectern top would be. If you get unsightly reflections, you need the film. This church podium is often used for television broadcasts. In this case, the anti reflective film is also recommended.

It requires 7 screw assembly (tool provided). See below for prices and freight. Almost all churches also purchase the cover because it helps protect the top when it is not in use (see the accessories page for a picture) See how to buy the Arc church podium.

Arc Podium Prices
60cm (24") wide ................................US$ 895
70cm (28") wide ............................... US$ 995
Anti reflective film: add ......................US$ 90
Cover: add.........................................US$ 40
Freight to USA ..................................US$ 95



Table

Unlike conventional tables, this table is 70cm (28") high so items are within easy reach for the preacher.

A table to suit the Arc church podium. Most churches that purchase the lectern also purchase this table. Like the lectern, the table is now lighter too. This can be used for a water glass, jug, laptop computer and other resources that the preacher may have. Made from stainless steel with a clear perspex top.

If you have a projector screen behind the preacher, or if you film for TV, you will probably need anti reflective film (see price below) to prevent light reflecting off the lectern top onto the screen (see price below.) See below for prices and freight.
The arc church podium table requires 7 screw assembly (tool provided). Almost all churches also purchase the cover because it helps protect the table top when it is not in use (for more cover information see the accessories page).

Table Prices
Ordered alone ................................... US$ 545
Ordered together with Arc podium......US$ 495
Anti reflective film: add .......................US$ 90
Cover: add..........................................US$ 40
Freight to USA................................... US$ 55



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Adjustable Arc Church Podium

An engineering challenge- to make a minimalist adjustable church podium.

The new adjustable arc has 2 benefits over a regular adjustable lectern. Firstly it has a clicking mechanism to prevent slip, secondly it can be carried by one person.

The adjustable arc has a clicking mechanism with 5 positions. This means that (unlike most adjustable lecterns) the mechanism will still be reliable after years of use. Many preachers have had the experience of placing something heavy on a music stand, only to have the music stand pole slip down. The same is generally the case with any regular adjustable table or lectern. Normally in order to stop this happening, you need to tighten it extremely well. In addition, this type of adjustment often becomes less reliable over time. The adjustable arc lectern has no gas strut. This has an advantage over lecterns that do. While a gas strut can be good for a few years, eventually it will need re-gassing.

All the parts have been re-engineered to make them as light as possible. The result is that at 10.3kg/22.7 pounds, it is only 1.8kg/ 4 pounds heavier than the regular arc. Given the large 28" (70cm) wide top, it seems that it is the lightest adjustable lectern in its class.

In addition, a new type of base was developed, extra stable and rigid, yet not heavy. This new base has been developed to be particularly good on surfaces that are not even. After all, it seems that nobody has a perfectly flat stage or floor.

All in all, the adjustable arc looks like the regular arc, but we didn't just add an adjustable mechanism to the existing arc. It has no parts in common with the existing arc church lectern- so you could say it is completely different, but looks the same!

We invested a significant amount in new tooling and parts to develop it. No expense was spared in making it the best possible. After many months in development, it is finally ready. Even though we have not had it on our website, word has gotten around and they are already selling like hotcakes. Currently it is only available in a 70cm/28" wide version.

Arc Adjustable Podium Prices
70cm (28") wide ................................ US$ 1390
Anti reflective film: add .......................US$ 90
Cover: add..........................................US$ 40
Freight to USA................................... US$ 95



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[Andy Stanley with preachers table at Hillsong Conference]

Preachers Table (Tall Table)

A new generation of pastors are finding their own style of preaching. Sometimes this means speaking from a tall table, rather than a church podium.

The preachers table has the same top size as the regular arc table. The stem is taller and the base larger however. This means that it is stable, even if a large object is placed on the edge.

Preachers Tall Table Prices
50cm/20" dia...................................... US$ 695
Anti reflective film: add .......................US$ 90
Cover: add..........................................US$ 40
Freight to USA................................... US$ 95



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Arc Podium with Microphone

For several years, we tried to find a better way to incorporate microphones into the arc lectern.

We prototyped several solutions, none of them really giving us the streamlined look we were after. At last, with the help of Sydney production company Liquorice, we were able to crack the problem.

Specifications:
2 separately wired microphone mounts.
On lectern top: 2 x xlr sockets to suit 2 x standard lectern microphones (Countryman isomax podium microphone recommended)
Mic position on top: xlr centres 4cm from top edge (this gives plenty of room for notes on the lectern top)
At base: 2 x flying leads with full size xlr plugs.
Shock mount- No (a standard Shure shock mount is huge: 4.4cm (1.75") dia- this would unfortunately spoil the look of the lectern)
Phantom power- needs to be supplied externally if required.
Disassembly- the lectern top and base come off for transport/ storage
Anti reflective film- included at no extra cost


Some parts for these are kept in stock, other parts need to be made to order. The lead time is 1 day-4 weeks, depending on stock.

Arc with Dual Microphone Mount Prices:
Arc pulpit with 2 x mic mount: top is 70cm (28") wide x 45cm/18"deep).....US$ 1480
Anti reflective film: ............................................................................included in price
Cover: add......................................................................................................US$ 40
Freight to USA............................................................................................... US$ 95

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[Table Top Arc church podium]

Tabletop Arc

This tabletop version of the arc church lectern was designed for the Sydney family law court fit out.

In many situations, from committees to courts, there is a need for a tabletop lectern. Till now, these had generally been wooden and old fashioned looking. The interior designer in Sydney Australia wanted to break the mould with their design for the family law court. The fit out was completed by Schiavello, Australia's largest design and fit out firm. Since then, these have been popular with lawyers, barristers and solicitors purchasing them for their offices.

Tabletop Arc.......................................US$ 795
Anti reflective film: add .......................US$ 90
Cover: add..........................................US$ 40
Freight to USA................................... US$ 95



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