I have a special place in my heart for Vari*Lite fixtures. My first experiences with automated lighting was with the Vari*Lite Artisan and Mini-Artisan consoles, and the very awesome Vari*Lite VL2C and VL6 spots, and the VL5 wash. I love the VL2C – it’s like a big ol’ square truck that has great optics and color. It blew my mind when I got programmer training and teachnician training on the fixture. Taking a VL2C apart was like performing surgery for me!
Derek Heckler sent me a great video from the 1980s from Vari*Lite – it’s like a promo/sales video, and it’s pretty excellent – I kept expecting to see Genesis show up onstage! I found part two of the video as well – both are embedded below. Thanks Derek!