This seems to be an overly broad statement. Strand Lighting is alive and well, both as a company and a brand... see Strand Lighting - A Philips Group Brand. Are you saying that Strand Lighting doesn't exist in the UK now? As for 520 users, the new Light Palettes have been designed to mimic most of the old syntax, and even read 520 show files. So I'm not sure why that is discounted as a viable option. edit to add: Strand certanly seems to exist in the UK, their European Headquarters is located in Crawley, West Sussex, and their website lists a UK sales manager. Sure looks like they're alive and well.