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LDI 2010: Coemar’s Booth

Another installment of LDI 2010 on JimOnLight.com for those of you who couldn’t attend this year’s show, or just wanted to remember that which you had forgotten because of tequila.

Normally Coemar has one of my favorite booths – it’s always big, bright, and full of moving beam goodness.  I still appreciated the heck out of the Coemar booth, but someone placed a booth right in front of the Coemar booth – so all of the grandioseness of the Coemar experience was kind of hindered by the big truss dodecahedron placed right in the way!

Check out the few shots I got of the Coemar booth at LDI 2010:

Robe Lighting and Inner Circle Distribution News

Update:  August 6, 2010:

I got an email from Harry von den Stemmen, the Sales Director from Robe with an update on the US side of the business:

We have just signed the lease for a new fully air conditioned warehouse nearby the old location in Fort Lauderdale. To achieve this, we had to negotiate a termination of the current lease agreement, which has probably sparked some ideas that we may disappear.

The crew remains the same, but we will keep our stocks as low as possible for the time being. In order to compensate the lead time, the factory will treat US orders with highest priority.  We ensure to always provide the latest brand new equipment. Lead times should be no longer than 2-3 weeks. A reasonably small demo stock will be kept in the new facility.

Robe Lighting Inc. will exhibit at LDI as every year, this time it will be both 2324 at the LVCC in Las Vegas. This will follow the annual Plasa exhibition, where we will present  a series of new products – which will also be shown at LDI. Moreover, we will have our usual demo room for a detailed presentation of the novelties.

We believe that this decision is good for our customers as well as for ourselves. Continuity is important, and we trust that the customer will understand, that saving on expenses is vital and guarantees that we can keep our prices reasonable.
We have just received some new orders, which may already indicate a positive change in buying trends.

Also:

I was just emailed a link to this article at LSI – the breaking news on some of this isn’t so breaking, but some of it is, so I don’t feel like too terrible of a moron!  ICD is going to be joining with Martin.  Hell, I’m thrilled to see that ICD gets to keep on truckin’!  Frankly, I’m proud to have missed this article, because now I get to report that ICD gets to keep on truckin’.

From the article:

USA – Martin Professional has confirmed that a deal has been reached between Inner Circle Distribution (ICD) and Martin Professional, Inc. (MP) that sees industry veterans and ICD owners Nick Freed, Noel Duncan and Gary Mass trading in their circle for a yellow triangle and rejoining the Martin US team.

During their time at Inner Circle Distribution, Freed, Duncan and Mass, all of whom have previous work experience at Martin US, emerged as key players in the US rental market.

Inner Circle Distribution has been involved in the entertainment industry since 2005 as a distributor of primarily moving head lights throughout the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

“Through this agreement, a circle has been closed (no pun intended) as all three owners have worked for Martin in the past, effectively earning their stripes here,” stated Brian Friborg, president of Martin Professional’s Florida-based US subsidiary. “We are very happy that we have succeeded in concluding this deal, but are even more ecstatic at the prospects it entails. Combining such well-connected and knowledgeable guys with the best and broadest product portfolio in the market, I think it’s safe to say we have a winner.”

UPDATE YET AGAIN – July 12, 2010:

Just got an email back from Harry von den Stemmen about the health of the company, and Robe is officially doing fine.  There is a US factory in Sawgrass that is still being staffed, but like all other companies in the US, times suck.  I have been assured that the company is doing fine, which is great news to hear!

Original post:

BREAKING NEWS from the JimOnLight.com News Desk (otherwise known as my office) just now – I have it on good authority from a source close to the situation that Robe Lighting and Inner Circle Distribution (ICD) are in trouble. Actually, Inner Circle Distribution has folded according to my source, and Robe is on the brink. This leaves lighting company Coemar unrepresented in the United States, and Robe’s US interests are now gone.

More on the situation as it develops. It’s a shame, Robe just developed the ROBIN series LIFI plasma moving head.

UPDATE:
Robe US is folding, not Robe CZ. Regardless, this still sucks.

UPDATE AGAIN:

News on the other two as it develops.  I hope it’s not bad news.  Quite frankly, I hate bad news so much that I’d rather write stories about puppies who carry flashlights around in their mouths or something equally less sucky.


Metallica’s Lighting Coffins and the Coemar Infinity Wash XL

An article at PLSN about Metallica’s newest tour revealed some coffin-imagery of lighting designer John Broderick.  From the article:

Amplifying the coffin motif on their latest release, Death Magnetic, Metallica’s current tour is getting visual life with eight 2-ton lighting structures equipped with 56 Coemar Infinity Wash XL lights.

LD John Broderick says the idea was to go for “a more simplified look for the arenas’ rectangular stage-in-the-round.” The audience and performers are lit throughout the shows, and the bright, giant coffins create are part of that.

“The feel is tribal, in the sense that everyone is included,” said Broderick. “There’s not a bad seat in the house. So, that’s the job description for the look and mood Metallica wanted me to convey.”

The Infinity Wash XLs that Broderick is using are the winners of PLASA2007’s Innovation Award, and are getting a heck of a lot of play around the globe.  Check out some specs, and visit the product page:

KEY FEATURES:

  • Superior brightness
  • Narrow to wide zoom ranges (5°-84° total) in one unit
  • Ground breaking new color mix system able to achieve CMY and RGB colors (CMY-s®, Exclusive Coemar Patent)
  • Effects wheel for creating texture and aerial effects with wash light (Exclusive Coemar Patent)
  • Electronically adjustable lamp power (700 W to 1450 W)
  • Various lens options (zoom kit 6°-36° for extra brightness, PC lens for ACL type beam)

• Beam shaper rotating and indexing at 360° (Exclusive Coemar Patent)

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • CMY-s® color mixing system with new saturation mode (Exclusive Coemar Patent)
  • 5 colors + open
  • 1 multicolor effect filter
  • Proportional CTO filter
  • 2 prismatic effects: moon flower, beam’o (Exclusive Coemar Patent)
  • Beamshaper 360° (Exclusive Coemar Patent)
  • Proportional zoom 5° – 84°
  • Dimmer
  • Mechanical and electronic strobe (zap effect), synchronized, random, pulse effect
  • Modular design for easy maintenance and servicing

• Pan 538°, Tilt 252°, 16 bit

Go check out their article at PLSN.  I also found a decent image of the tour’s lighting rig.  Give Eyeful Images a look on Flickr.

Also, here’s a video demonstrating some of the Infinity XL features:

LDI – Omnisistem’s Booth

LDI had a TON of moving light manufacturers and reps this year – while I was surprised a little, I wasn’t shocked.  A good quantity of the moving lighting booths that weren’t Clay Paky, Coemar, Vari*Lite, Martin, High End, PRG, etc, were small-ish companies like Ominsistem out of Washington.  They’ve got a very large selection of fixtures and effects (as well as audio, truss, staging, etc), and their booth was hopping the whole weekend.  Give their selection of products a look-see.

LDI 2008 – Coemar’s Booth

Coemar had a pretty kickin’ booth this year at LDI. Coemar, Elation, Chauvet, and Vari*Lite had great booths. Actually, a lot of people had great booths. Barco and PRG’s booths were equally as excellent, and the people at PRG and Barco were extremely friendly and helpful. Martin’s booth was interesting as always – but in addition to the beautiful fixtures on display, I got snubbed a lot, and all I wanted to do was talk to someone about the Mac III. I’ve been using Mac 2000’s of both spot and wash flavors for years. I was bummed to get snubbed.

Rant over. Here’s Coemar’s booth. I do recommend checking out their new Infinity series luminaires. They’re pretty darned bright. Check out the Infinity Wash S, the Infinity Spot S, and the Infinity ACL.

And yeah. The Infinity ACL has a 6° spread. Crazy.

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