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Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by Charc, Jul 23, 2008.
I'm having trouble identifying a board laying around at school:
Ariel Davis, Berkey-Colortran, Capital, Century, Century-Strand, Colortran, Cutler Davis, Dilor, Eastern Stage Lighting, Electro Controls, Electronic Designers Inc., Electronics Diversified, Federal Pacific, Frank Adams, Gallagher Dimming & Stage Lighting, General Electric, Hub, Kliegl Brothers, LEE Colortran, Lighting & Electronics, Lighting Methods Inc., Luxtrol, Major Equipment Company, Mega, Metropolitan Electric, Newth, Rainbow, SCR Digitrol, Siltron, Skirpan, Stagebrite, Strand, Strand-Century, Superior Electric, Theatre Techniques Inc., Trumbull, Van Buren, Vickers, Ward Leonard, West-star, or Westinghouse.
But am almost 100% certain it's NOT
Electronic Theatre Controls.
Oh, and it's a 48 channel, two-scene preset board, with 8 submasters, and timed split-dipless crossfade. Also a rudimentary memory system that you're not showing up. Was built between 1981 and 1986.
Is there no nameplate on the board, or are you testing us?
That brushed aluminum and style of screened lettering screams EDI.
Those channel pushes are very reminiscent of old Strand memory control panel layouts.
Reminds me of the Hunt board at college in some ways.
I can't nail it down to anything definitive, but if I were a betting man, I'd bet on EDI.
I'm trying to figure out! I did look at it a few months ago, and could not find a name. And I must be crazy, because the only connector I saw on the board was a VGA connector on the back, presumably for a monitor. There must be connections on the underside, but I didn't have the opportunity to look.
It may have been for a monitor, and it may have been a DB-15, but I have serious doubts about both. Firstly, VGA didn't exist when that board was built. Secondly, with all the visual feedback on the face panel, including, if I'm not mistaken, a mimic panel, and LED numeric displays; it was never intended to have a CRT display.
Open the sucker up, with no power of course, and read what it says on the PC boards.
How's it connect to the world?
The Hold buttons remind me of the four-preset Mantrix. The mimic/channel-push panel is pretty certain inspired by Strand.
Something in there really reminds me of our Hunt board. Hunt tried in the '70s at least to break into the theatre and studio lighting market, didn't make it so well.
Reminds me of the Hunt board and old EDI.
Gaff don't make silly requests.
I'm not in Philly, and not going to school. It's a pain to dig that entire board out.
However, a call and an email to EDI has returned that it is in fact their board, but, he doesn't know the name, date, model, or any specifications. He said he would ask the guy who would know, who was out to lunch, or something.
EDI, but the layout, looks to be a fore runner, or VERY early version of the Strand Century Mantrix I or II. the Mantrix II was almost infinitely expandable 12 slider modules, but all the mantrix series I have worked with had a black lumpy paint job not brushed Aluminum.
I'm pretty sure it's a Decor console. I had one in High school, although without all the chase effects. The wood endcaps gave it away for me (that along with the font of the text of all things)
an old dimming company out of Austin, TX? I think. Been out of business for years now.... What does your patch bay and dimmers look like.
As for the connection out of the back of the console, mine was an analog control console. We had a couple of large serial style connectors on the back. 40 channels and 40 dimmers with 170 some odd circuits to patch into those...
ah those were the days....
EDI now says the board isn't theirs...
Any thoughts? What manufacturer is Decor?
What more do you want to know?
Strand Mantrix MX has a gray plastic case. The Mantrix II (which is actually sitting right outside the door to my shop in the theatre) has the black "lumpy" paint job as you had said.
desk will be on the bottom of it. I know its a lot of work but if your that interested in finding out thats the best place to start.
Heck, ripping it apart might actually be GOOD THING.
I only got into theatrical lighting in the early 2000s.
What is your position with that board by the way? If it is that hard to look at it and get a good picture of it?
I say pluger in and try to get something turned on
Haha, I am just joking, But it kind of looks like a knockoff made by RadioShack xD I was looking for a DJ mixer before and saw some silly RadioShack ones. And that board kind of looks like some of their stuff.
But obvisuly not
What happened to Decor? Were they just not profitable?
TTI controller that's currently being stored in my office.
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