Ok, I guess I can call myself an "old school" lighting guy, which is nicer than saying "my school's lighting system sucks!" So, I don't really know alot about thew current technology. I've learned alot reading this site, but only bits and peices. I saw the director of the musical in the hall last week, and it seems like she wants to go all out this year. Our stuff is all from the 70s, http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/ajr.2....yahoo.com/ph//my_photos]this is what we have So this is when I list off a bunch of questions... I know that DMX is the standard. How do you connect devices to the board? Such as color scrollers, gobo rotators, dimmers, etc. Is it all daisy chained? What's the deal with Par cans? I see them everywhere. What are they commonly used for? It seems like it's used for everything. I know Source 4s are the hot instruments. I'd like to use some for front lighting from the catwalk. Which model(s) are going to give the best bang for my buck? For this year, we will be renting a ton of stuff. How about fresnels? Which ones are people commonly using now? Does anyone know of any lighting installation companies in CT? If you use an analog-DMX converter, do you like or dislike it? Finally, I want to demo a desk if I get the analog-DMX converter installed. I need one which I can learn fast. The ETC Express series sounds good. What do you guys reccomend? Thanks alot.