So, a friend and I were having a discussion about the rise and fall of Vari-lite, and got to the question of what happened to all the original gear? There were hundreds of VL-1s, and probably thousands of 200 and 300 series fixtures. Are they being used anywhere? My buddy says that without a source for parts nobody would want them. I think that as many as there were, it wouldn't be too hard to keep a system running for years by cannibalizing downed units. Some of the larger leased systems, (in Las Vegas for example) could surely still be running somewhere in a reduced capacity. The Mirage practically had their own parts department. I guess my question is, Who's using them (if anybody), and how are they dealing with the parts issue?