I run a group that provides live sound and lighting for concerts and dance parties on campus. After debating between buying/renting and moving head vs. mirror, I think it makes most sense to buy scanners and rent moving heads if necessary for large events; we can't permanently install anything, and i'm worried that moving heads will quickly be broken due to their dimensions and weight. Moreover, our budget isn't huge and most of us are new to lighting. We could, of course, just rent moving heads when we need them, but then the others won't ever get to learn how to use them. i'd use these from a backlight position, so full pan/tilt wouldn't be necessary anyway.
Does that seem logical? In particular, do you think scanners would really be more reliable than moving heads?
The scanners would compliment a 12x 1kw par64 backlight rig, so I'd want something with enough power to cut though those beams. Speaking of power, we only have 120v (240A total from two-wire distros), so that also limits options.
The Clay Paky Miniscan HP3 seems to be the perfect unit for this application. Have you used this or other Clay Paky scanners? Any other ideas? I'd prefer to buy new (assuming there's some sort of warranty).
thanks for your input.
BTW we would also buy a new board to use these with, probably an Element because of the price, ease of use(?), and lots of subs (i always end up busking).