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Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by lieperjp, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. lieperjp

    lieperjp Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone else been having problems getting a swatchbook from rosco?

    I ordered one in the beginning of May, and it said they were out of stock, it would be 4-6 weeks before delivery and it would be sent as soon as they got some. So... I ordered another one three weeks ago and still have not received it yet. Is it just me???
     
  2. gafftapegreenia

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    Did you use the request form? Or did you call? I took up the matter of long lead times for swatchbooks with Rosco a few months ago. Basically, what they told me is that they do their hardest to get a swatchbook out to everyone who wants one, but, they are literally swamped with requests. From everyone out their who might be gelling a PAR in some seedy club, to the worlds top designers, to cameramen who will never buy gel, but like the samples to color their camera flashes, everyone wants a Rosco book. Thus, while they do their best to get swatches to everyone, Rosco told me that the BEST way to get a book is to go to your local theatrical supplier. Rosco tries to build and sustain strong relationships with the dealers that buy their products to re sell, and thus the dealers are one of the best ways to get a swatchbook. If you don't have a dealer nearby, then emailing or calling Rosco instead of using the request form is the best way. Yes, I know getting your book can be interminably slow sometimes, but just think of how many people want those swatches. Hope this helps.
     
  3. bdkdesigns

    bdkdesigns Active Member Fight Leukemia

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    We have no problem getting swatch books in Montana :) Last year I put in an order for 30 books for classroom use. Maybe that has to do with the fact that we stock anywhere from 10-30 sheets of every Rosco color and select diffusion at the university.
     
  4. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    I must agree with gafftapegreenia. When I needed swatchbooks for a class, I went to my friendly local lighting supplier and they gave me thirty, no questions asked, and even a few sheets of Roscolene. FWIW, I've had no problems getting books direct from Lee and Apollo, via the online request form. GAM also is notoriously bad about mailing them, but easily available from your local dealer.
     
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    Two semesters ago, we were able to get fifty swatchbooks, plus some gel application guides and gobo catalogs. Just so happens that all we've ever used is Rosco gel, and we also use a bunch of Rosco gobos as well as Icues and Vortex 360 Gobo Rotators. Rosco likes us.
     
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    Apollo swatchbooks used to come with gum, darn i liked that gum :)

    i got a rosco one but it did take ages and a nice email to them.
     
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    Gam always mails me their latest gel book, along with new product info. I think rosco used to do the same.
     
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    I called rosco and asked to be sent the latest gobo catalogue about 2 months ago and have not received it yet. As for swatch books, I just buy locally. It saves time.
     
  9. ishboo

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    I placed a request last november for one and it finally came in Feb. by that time I forgot I requested one so it was a pleasent surprise, so getting one from them is simply the waiting game.
     
  10. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Apollo sent me a fabulous collection of educational materials: Gel Books, Gobo catalogs, posters with all kinds of cool interesting stuff on them. If you teach, send Apollo a message asking for educational materials... you'll be very happy you did.
     
  11. Ame

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    Hi all,
    This is my first post here, so bare with, it’s a bit long…. It is true we have been inundated with swatch book request, which would generally be FABULOUS, however they are from outside of the lighting community thanks to blogging on the world wide web and a magazines who posts pages on "freebies" for scrapbooking or flash photography. Both would seem to be a nice ancillary market for gel, but what they are generally doing is getting free swatch books, taking only a few samples out and throwing the rest away. When they need more, they get another swatch book because we sent them out free of charge. This has been increasing monthly for the last year and a half and although we’ve increased our staff and production schedule to include weekends, it hasn’t been enough to supply the design community AND the scrap bookers or flash photographers. It’s impacted us more than the other gel companies simply because our name was out there first and spread like wildfire. One blog post has 50,000 readers and I think we've heard from most of them. :)
    To top it off we have been adding (GREAT) new colors and encouraging the lighting community to update their swatch books. Please know we absolutely want you to have the tools you need. Our first priority is to supply the lighting community with a swatch book – and you have to see #302 Pale Bastard Amber. We are implementing more processes as I write this. If you are unable to get a swatch book from your local dealer, please email me! We try to keep dealers well stocked with them. If you are a teacher, please email me so we can add you to our Teaching Tools mailing. We have a bi-yearly program where we will mail you Teaching Tools, including enough swatch books for the semester. As always, swatch books will be available at any Trade Show we're attending.
    I apologize for the long blog. As you can probably guess, I take this issue pretty seriously. Thank you for your patience and understanding. And thank you to Derek for the invite!

    Amé Strong
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    Ph. 203-708-8900 x 263
    Direct 408-826-4669
    Mobile 702-327-1500
     
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    Thanks for the information! It's great to hear from someone at Rosco, makes me remember they care about us.
     
  13. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Welcome to the Booth, Ame. Your post was far from the longest ever--I'm sure that honor must go to Senior Team Member [user]ship[/user]. Thanks for explaining your side of the situation.

    I think I've told this story here before, but...
    In the early 1980s, after meeting a rep from Rosco who gave me some sheets of just-introduced Roscolux 05, I sent a letter to Roscolux asking a specific question. I received a wonderful letter back, from probably Stan Miller. It began: "Your letter caused much consternation among the halls of Port Chester..." Included without my request was a "Designer's Swatchbook": the large-format book that allowed one to put the color swatches in 3.5" ERSs or 3"FS. I think they retailed for the exorbitant price of $15.00. Remember, this was when gasoline was around $1/gallon. I don't know where it is right now, but I'm positive it's with my Cinemoid, Roscolene, Roscogel, and Gelatran swatchbooks, as I cannot find any of those, and I rarely throw anything away.:)
     
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    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Welcome to the Booth Ame. Don't be a stranger. We have several members here who represent other manufacturers. I think you'll find it's an interesting and fun place to spend a few minutes a day.

    I too have one of those giant designer's swatch books Derek but I know where mine is! Do you still make them? I would love an updated one.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Have you no scruples whatsoever, [user]gafftaper[/user]? I thought you were going to be an Apollo house. Pick a brand, dude. My opinion: any one of the four leading brands should serve 99% of any Designer's desires. Or do you buy from whomever provides the best swag? I think swatchbooks may have to become a controlled substance--whereby you must prove a legitimate need and intent to purchase before they send them to you. Reminds me of a story Gilbert Hemsley told about doing a show in a remote location, Europe or perhaps Africa. They had to use the tissue paper between the gel as, well, tissue paper, (TP) and thus bought more sheets than they actually needed for the show. Now that's a legitimate need!
     
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    How do I know if I want to by their product if I don't know what it looks like? If I want to pick a gel but don't have a swatchbook for a company...chances are I won't use that companies gel. ((just playing devil's advocate))
     
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    Uhhh... Can you go to a confrence and just stock up? That's what I do. I've got more books than I really know what to do with, they just give them to me. IU never get tee shirts, always gobos and swatch book lets.
     
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    Thanks for the welcome. We absolutely still make the 3x6" books, list is $25.
     
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    So do I....

    Here's what I'm getting at, our friends at Rosco and Apollo provide us lighting proffesionals with these books so we'll use their product. They do so because they want us to have a quick and easy reference about their product before we buy.

    If I have a show coming up, I'm **** sure not going to wait till the next LDI rolls around to pick color for it. So when Derek says I have to prove I'm going to buy a product before I get a swatch book to pick out what that product is....well it doesn't make good buisness sense.

    And Ame, welcome to the booth! Thanks for coming buy.
     
  20. lieperjp

    lieperjp Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to say thanks to [user]Ame[/user] again because my swatchbook and catalog came in the mail today!!! (After being forwarded from my school address. I wasn't expecting that!!!)
     

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