Visual Horizon Communications (VHC), a St. Paul, Minnesota-based boutique staging company, has taken delivery of Claypaky Axcor Spot 300 fixtures. One of the first in the US to acquire Axcor Spots, part of Claypaky’s new Axcor 300 family of moving LED fixtures, VHC has been looking to replace older spots in the company’s lighting inventory.
“We needed to replace some ageing spots, and our last two purchases had been Claypaky equipment,” says Lighting Designer Bob Wynsteker. “We really like the quality we’re seeing from Claypaky. Their fixtures are built to last.”
The Axcor Spot 300’s attractive price point, compact size and low power consumption disguise its strength and creative potential. The Spot boasts 17 gobos on two wheels, including 7 high-quality dichroic rotating gobos, and it incorporates features that are not often found in models of this size, such as a rotating prism, motorized iris, soft edge filter, 16-bit dimmer and 8-40° zoom.
When VHC decided to invest in new spots the company staged “a shoot out” with other LED fixtures of comparable size to the Axcor Spot. “The Axcor’s brightness, compared to our current spots, was right up there,” says Wynsteker. “Stacked up against the other units, the Axcor consumed less power and had a nice flat, even field. But perhaps its biggest selling point was its mechanical design: Three of our technicians who are normally on site with projects loved how you can open the top of the fixture and pull out a module and replace a gobo in mid-show. Some other fixtures are so jam-packed inside that they are hard to maintain.
“In fact, the Axcor Spot is better designed all around, right down to its recessed display panel – a much better solution than the flush-mounted panel on other units.”
VHC expects to use the new spots as an upstage filler light and to add eye candy to shows. “The Axcor Spot’s very attractive price enabled us to replace 12 ageing spots with 16 new Axcors,” Wynsteker reports.
The new fixtures are slated for use on two upcoming national conventions and a large corporate meeting; the Axcor Spots will make their debut with “a guest Lighting Designer who is quite well established on Broadway,” says Wynsteker.
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