Note that a lot of my comments are somewhat opinionated and are certainly US oriented.
As others have mentioned and is seen on the website, Strand
merged with US Century.
Some important things about Strand
that still matter:
1) Mid/Late 70's - Strand
UK did not want Strand
US making a US only console
. UK wanted the UK style consoles used in the US. US went ahead and developed the very first US made memory console
(Multi-Q) anyway. It was widely successfull and superior to the UK MMS stuff. Strand
US, emboldened by the success, had Dave Cunningham develop the Light Palette
, itself influenced by Pilbrows Lightboard, that was developed for the Nat'l Theaters in London.
Lightpallette changed everything (in consoles - up to the development of ML consoles). The Strand
300/400/500 stuff all derives from the LightPallette tracking
style OS (unless you spec. Genius), as does the ETC
Obsession, itself created as Broadway designers, for the most part, hated the ETC
Expression syntax. The Colortran
Prestige also derived from Lightpallette.
also was very successful, early on in the US in developing and installing large numbers of high density dimming systems with its CD80 system
was JUST starting with this stuff, having purchased LMI
. Kliegl was also following suite, as was C-Tran, which had the most technically superior systems (IMO
Kliegl is long gone.
is now playing catch up with ETC
. They make very good gear, thought they have a rep. for terrible tech support. They are very strong in the Asian market, not as strong as ETC
in the Euro market. The 500 consoles are super consoles, seeing a lot of use on Broadway - due to superior ML plus conventional
dimming control, better then anything ETC
is playing catch up, probably not enough people in R&D and Tech support to design state-of-the-art stuff as well as support it. Strand
also jumped right on the modern ellipsoidal
bandwagon with the SL fixtures. Colortran
has never updated from 6" stuff.
Not sure where C-Tran will end up, even though Leviton
seemingly has limitless resources, potentially more then either ETC
. Not sure there's anyone at C-Tran to tell them how to spend the money, though.
Apologize in advance
if the tim-line's a bit
rough and feel free to chime in with corrections and any other tidbits of data from the past.