Last year, my high school received a renovation and we got a new stock of ETC S4s (11 19s and 22 36s) and 20 PARNels, plus 6 15 cell strips (not sure on the make or model).
We have all our old Lekos, Fresnels, and strip lights (the Leko's are of various models, I think all the fresnels are Altman by the looks of them, but I was only at the school for a year before the renovation, and again I have no idea on the strips), but they have twist-lock plugs, and the new instruments are Stagepin.
My question: should we change the plugs? I have no idea how much such an endeavor would cost, and I'm presuming that myself and my other crew members attempting to do it ourselves is a horrible idea. The new instruments do a pretty good job of covering the stage, but having some true fresnels to play with would be helpful and allow us to use the PARNels in other places.
What is the going rate to get an electrician or other certified person to change the plugs for us? Is it even worth changing them? Our stage is 25' deep by 44' 2" wide, and the height is somewhere around 20' (haven't gotten an accurate measure). We have three on-stage electrics and one FOH catwalk.
Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,