I know these kinds of topics are pretty common, but there are a lot of hazers on the market right now, both water and oil based and I need some pointers on what model to go with.
First off I'll give my requirements.
Our theater seats 1500 with 1000 seats on the floor and 500 in the balcony. We're running about 10 movers (spots and washes) and we need to be able to make the beams show up a lot better.
I have a Martin Magnum 2500 and honestly for what it does the price it's a good value. The problem I have with it is that it's really just a fogger. The haze is too think and instantly invokes a response from a lot of our customers (I know there is no way to eliminate this all together). I need something that will produce a much finer haze that really isn't visible unless the stage lights are on.
I've used a DF-50 and love it. It works really well for us. But the problem is our budget won't allow for anything much higher than $1,000. And I've only found used DF-50's in the $2,000 range with shipping.
So I'd really like to get some other suggestions on products that perform close to the DF-50. I'm thinking oil based is the best way for us as my Magnum's water based haze is just too thick and I assume most all water based units will produce a similar effect.
So the finer the haze the better, but I need to stay in the $1,000 range, give or take a hundred.
Any tips would be appreciated.