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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Coemar Tris-Ball

The Coemar King is here!  This is the Tris-Ball unit from Coemar.  The unit uses the same base and yolk assembly as the Coemar Comet 36 but features 3 balls instead of the single rolling box and this unit does not have the dimmer feature that is found in the Comet unit.  The 3 balls are mounted on a common shaft with a single motor on the end for rotation.  The brush and slip ring assembly is located on the opposite end.  The unit uses a total of 36 Par 36 (6 volt 4515) lamps but I plan to retrofit with the lighter and brighter AR111 lamps.  The unit has separate power circuits for lamp and motor circuits.  Awesome unit made in Italy.         

Monday, July 29, 2013

American DJ Cyclotron Version I

Rare unit from American DJ. This is a Cyclotron. Similar to the Cyclotron II, but a more primitive styling just like a mini rolling box.  Unit rotates and spins 360 degrees while using a 750 watt linear strobe lamp. The output is bright flashes and shafts of multi-colored light in multiple directions. Super cool light. Unit has an adjustment knob on it for the speed of the flash and also can be triggered from a 0 - 10 volt analogue signal via a 1/4" plug on the unit. Multiple units can be synchronized when connected together. Unit has 2 motors. 1 for the rotation of the head and 1 for the tumbling motion of the light drum. I am planning on retrofitting the unit for a halogen light source and eliminating the strobe circuitry.  Unit made in Taiwan.

NJD Twister

Giant unit from NJD.  This is the NJD Twister unit that features a 120 volt, 500 watt linear lamp mounted flat in the center of the unit.  Around the lamp there are 2 separate sets of dichoric strips mounted on blades.  1 set of strips is attached to a rotation motor and the second set spins freely.  The set that is attached to the motor rotates to the beat of the music via the control PCB with chassis mounted microphone and sensitivity adjustment knob.  The output is 2 tunnels of flat beams rotating around to the beat of the music.  This unit is almost exactly like the MBT Wagon Wheel unit and similar to the t.a.s. Carosello.  Fixture made in England.         

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Lampo Superlight

This is by far the king of the Fanstar ‘flat beam’ lighting type effect units!  This is the Superlight by Lampo.  The unit is like 5 Flat beam units stacked on a large chassis!  There are 5 rows of 8 lenses producing up to 40 different beams of light.  The lamp is a common 220 volt, 1000 watt linear stick lamp.  The lamp rotates on an adjustable speed motor that is mounted on a large assembly that rides on a set of rails up and down.  This makes the light emit from different sections of the unit as it moves along the track.  Long rails run along both sides of the assembly providing power for the lamp and rotation motor as it moves.  The movement of the large lamp assembly is from a geared motor with a chain attached at both ends.  Unit has a fan located at each end for optimal cooling of the high power lamp.  The movement of both motors and lamp are provided from a dedicated rack controller.  The controller has 2 faders (1 to control the lamp motor and 1 for the motor that moves the assembly along the rails) and selection knobs for audio / manual control and Games (pre-programmed sequences for the unit).  The controller also has an audio input for sound-to-light animation through a ¼” connector on the rear.  A very cool feature of this unit is that connection of the wires to the controller feature module quick releases.  This makes connecting the unit very easy and not confusing since there are 7 wires that run between the controller and the unit.  Very special unit made in Italy.