I met a cool sibling of a good friend this weekend who is working as a production electrician in New York City. After breakfast and coffee, we got to chatting about fixtures and favorites and that kind of geek speak. Martin’s Mac 2000 came up, and where I love the Mac 2K, my friend’s sister did not. Her complaint was that the Martin line is not a very good product line, and I had to naturally disagree. The main comparison was to the Vari*Lite line of fixtures – for which I have a special place in my heart. The optics are great, the output is great, and the fixture is smooth and reliable. However, as a designer and also someone who has had both hands knee deep in both of these fixture lines, I can’t say that the Mac 2000 is a “crappy” fixture. I’ve been all over the globe with these fixtures (Mac 2K), and I love them. I’d probably rather have Vari*Lite fixtures, but if I had nothing but Mac 2K’s available, I still feel like I could design and program a rockin’ show.
What are your thoughts on the Mac 2000? Profile, Performance, or Wash, whatever model you know. Please post in the comments, I really want your opinions! Am I the only person who still values Mac 2000’s?