Merlin hits the spot for Gearhouse
SOUTH AFRICA: Gearhouse South Africa has expanded its lighting inventory with a pair of Robert Juliat Merlin followspots. The purchase was made through the manufacturer’s local partner, DWR Distribution.
‘Actaully, the shift to Robert Juliat followspots is a move we have been eyeing for some time now, the Merlin is a perfect product for us as it is a robust touring unit,’ commented Johannesburg branch operations manager, Stuart Andrews. ‘This is a quantum leap in terms of followspot technology for us and we are thrilled to take this step.’
‘It’s a pleasure for the crew to work with the Merlins,’ furthered Peter Abrahamse, acting lighting workshop manager at Gearhouse. ‘No longer do you need four people to lift a big, bulky followspot as it is totally possible to move it around with only two people, saving us time on load in and load out. I have also had numerous reports from our crew saying they had to run the spots at a lower intensity as they were just too bright. This is unbelievable as we generally struggle in some venues to throw over 100m. While the Merlins cover the distance, they still deliver a bright output on stage.
‘In the past, we would have had to allocate a minimum of 2m of truck space for the followspots, but we now only need half,’ he continued. ‘The flight case is also impressive and has everything you need in one box. The Merlins are remarkable, they are lighter, brighter and really easy to use with low power consumption. We no longer need to remove dangerous xenon lamps, and my favourite point is the hot restrike functionality and the fact that there is no ballast.’