@Dagger and @josh88 When I toured with the rock musical "Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story" in 1990, we had 7 motorcycles in the production. Approximately 90 minutes to two hours prior to the first performance of any given day, Carp's would fly them in then props would take them out, run them , warm them up, race them a little to minimize the accumulation of carbon within their cylinders, replenish their tiny fuel tanks, (There were normal tanks for the look but tiny tanks actually containing only enough fuel for a performance.) then they'd come back in and be flown one below the other with three stacked USR and four stacked USL.Yeah I'm in a theatre. Stacking motors save having to get a forklift in tight spaces and small venues or on stages that can't take the weight. We store stuff in the air all the the time. We store the towers of our shell in the air on truss above the stage. For Wicked, it depends on the piece, they have permanent points installed on some of their pieces, and some they just leave hangers or bridles attached to.
Most XLR connectors actually are rated for 120VAC operation by their manufacturers, at surprisingly high currents. Here's the specification sheet for Switchcraft A series male connectors for one example.
I think ours is the exact same motor, but just with the spansets, we've found they're long enough to hook under the corners of the cases alright. Of course we have to pretty constantly hang and strike it from our 70' grid because we never have enough room. #1895eravenueproblems.That’s our stacking motor.
Same as ours, We've got a company switch normally dedicated for audio right there and we run it off one of the edison plugs on the lunchbox that powers my line arrays, ends up working out pretty well.
I have a friend that works on the Broadway production of Wicked an gave us a full tour a couple years ago. That is exactly how they store set pieces and props when not in use. See the attached pics.A motor for stacking and unstacking road cases. Usually just runs around head height with 2 spansets on it to hook under the top case near the wheels to pick and lower to the ground.
And in the case of Wicked, they've made permanent points on a lot of their scenery and cases and hampers so that they can fly a table or something they don't need and when its off the ground, connect the next piece under it, continue lifting and keep connecting more pieces until they've got everything they want stored up in the air for those times that they are in theaters that don't have enough wing space or storage elsewhere.
@macsound Bed and hampers, great; those tanks of liquid nitro' flown overhead give me a few palpitations.Most touring shows operate this way.
Mamma Mia has the bed used at the top of Act II flown out of the way as well as tanks of liquid nitrogen and hampers.
They're mostly prepped to do that for small theatres. They don't do it if they have the space to avoid it, because its saves a hassle and added step, keeping something out of the air, but its also a quick solution when you've got nowhere to go but up. The tour actually had to cut a hole in the exterior wall of a theatre to get some of their equipment in. But that was for a pretty long sit down.