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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Another classic from Pulsar! The is the original Modulator 3 channel color organ. These units were very common in roller skating rinks and classic disco clubs. The unit takes a common input from an outside source such as mixer board, microphone or amplified system and makes the output channels flash to different ranges of sound. On this unit there is an output for Bass, Treble and Mid-Range. You can have up to 1,000 watts per channel on the standard Edison plug or up to 700 watts per channel on the Bulgin style plug. If you need more output power you will need to add additional slave units. These connect through a special 5 pin connector on the rear. The front panel has control faders for brightness and contrast on each of the 3 channels and a master for control over the complete system. The unit also has direction and audio bypass if you want to use the controller as a simple chaser. This unit is circa 1979 and is a definite classic!! Unit made in England.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Another treasure form Rotolite. This is the D-12 helicopter. The helicopter is similar to other Rotolite helicopters except the transformers for the bulbs are mounded under the main rotation base instead of on the bulb housing yolk. Also the main rotator base is made out of steel instead of the wooden bases used in the smaller helicopters. A larger motor is used with a interesting "Slip" configuration where the motor spins at a constant speed and the base takes a few seconds to catch up to the motor speed. I believe this is due to the high weight of all of the lamps and transformers rotating that when the motor is shut off the weight is still in motion. This lets the unit slow down gradually. Another interesting feature is that there is a place where you can attach another smaller Rotolite base and helicopter. I attached a Rotolite D-3 in the center of this one. Since there is only 2 circuits the lamps and additional helicopter run at the same time and the main motor runs on a separate circuit. Awesome unit made here in the USA!
The original club strobe system circa 1979!! This is the Rainbow Strobe system from Pulsar. The system consists of 4 separate strobe heads (In this case Pulsar Jumbo Strobe units) and a controller. The strobes connect to the controller through a 1/4" mono cable. Each strobe uses a 60 watt xenon tube and for such low power it packs a mean punch! The strobes are in the original orange paint, but the newer units prom Pulsar are now black. The front lenses are plexi and the rear of the unit has a power switch and speed adjustment knob if you want to use the strobes without the controller. The controller features 4 separate channels. Each channel can be controlled independently or the strobes can be linked together for simultaneously with the selection knob on each channel. There is a master speed knob and selector for the audio (connected in the rear through a 1/4" cable) or manual control. Any 0 - 10 volt strobe can be used with the controller. Great system made in England.