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UK - Two UK lighting rental companies were among the first on the UK mainland to receive delivery of Robe’s new multipurpose moving light, the Pointe. Southampton-based GLS took 24 and Bristol-based Fineline took 12 units in this initial delivery, coordinated by Ian W Brown of Robe UK.
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Fineline’s fixtures also went directly from Robe to GLS – and straight out on their first cross-hire – on European shows for The Flaming Lips with LD Eric Cathcart.
After that, they finally found their way to Fineline where they directly went out again on the Eden Sessions staged at The Eden Project in Cornwall, for which Fineline was contracted to supply lighting and rigging for the first year.
Fineline’s Rob Sangwell comments, “We are delighted with the Pointes. They are small, bright and really versatile units that do a whole load more than the nearest competitor product.”
He adds, “We like Robe and the way they do business - they are great people with the right attitude, and apart from that, there is an excellent range of products which are quality engineered and reliable!”
He adds that Robe is a continually requested brand by LDs, and that the Robin range ticks all the right boxes for them as a busy rental company.
Fineline also has a stock of Robe LEDWash 600s and Robin 600E Spots.
His feelings about The Pointes are echoed by Ian Turner, who says, “We bought them because they are really bright and feature packed.”
GLS now has more than 300 Robe moving lights in its hires stock and is the largest lighting rental company on the UK’s South Coast.
He appreciates the ‘camera-friendliness’ of The Pointe, particularly the 8-facet dark centered prism effect. He also likes how they make an effective wash fixture when zoomed out with the frost filter applied.
“Combining the prisms and the Pointe’s focused narrow beam enables you to do air effects like laser simulation with substantially more power than any other fixture around!” he says. “It’s genuinely a fixture that does something completely different.”
Sangwell and Turner were keen to be the first in the UK with Pointes and they plan to buy more soon.