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ETC Source Four JR Zooms for Canberra Theatre Centre

Up until late last year, Canberra's main theatre venue was home to over 120 Strand Patt. 23, last manufactured in 1983.

“I believe it may have been the largest operational rig of Patt. 23's in the country,” said Andrew Tweedie, Head of Lighting at Canberra Theatre Centre. “But they were getting harder and harder to maintain, especially as you couldn't find spare parts, and were not as punchy as they should have been. They were also a bit of a running joke with touring technicians when they came here!”

Fortunately, a decision was made to replace the Patt. 23's with the main criteria being that the replacement had to be the same size as the space they would be housed in. Canberra's Sound Advice recommended the ETC Source Four jr Zoom, and Andrew was impressed by their offering.

“Essentially they were the best optically for their size,” he commented. “There was another manufacturer that could supply a unit of that size but it didn't come up to the same specifications optically.”

Juniors were chosen for their high output and compact size combined with significant zoom range.

“We've found the ETC Source Four jr Zooms to be very punchy; two of them together is almost as much as our 2000 watt fresnels,” he remarked. “They are also very nicely manufactured and have a good feel about them.

"In the four months we've had the ETC Source Four jr Zooms installed we haven't had any failures. Usually I buy 10% more of everything as I find that 10% of everything you buy these days goes back to the factory within 12 months - but the ETC Source Four jr Zooms have been 100% reliable.”





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