Chauvet Gig Bar

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Mark Evans

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I have the Chauvet 4 play 4 bar which is similar. That's a really nice start up light set and gets you all the basics.
 

adjtogo

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I personally have the Chauvet 4 bar Tri. While it is very bright, it is just a basic light that has lasted me since it was first introduced. However, the carry bag for it is shot, and so is the Tripod. I replaced the wired foot switch twice, and they've been out of stock since the middle of last year. I contemplated replacing the Tripod and foot switch, but between both, it was more than half the cost of the light. The Gigbar has a strobe light, which I never use because it could cause convulsions. What Chauvet was thinking when they put that on there is beyond me. The laser light is another one that baffles me. I don't know who uses laser lights anymore. That is "So Yesterday". Between the 4 Bar Tri, and the problems I had with the Freedon Par uplights I had that I sent back for repair or replacement numerous times, I swore I'd never buy another Chauvet product again.
 
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adjtogo

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Bill, I intend to. I've never been happy with any of the Chauvet Lighting line. They must have the same factory that makes Cheap Lights too.
 

NickyB

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Gawd ..... it seems all these lights come out of China regardless of the brand name on them. Its called OEM manufacturing.....one factory with different stickers on them. HOWEVER, there does seem to be various level
of quality control. The more you pay for them, usually the better its constructed, programmed and matched in
colors and features.

Personally I like the small bars. I own two Blizzard Weather Systems and they've been great so long as I keep them
out of people's eyes.....they're harsh at full intensity with only 3W LEDs. I have a standard 5' T-bar with four Q12+'s with twelve 10W LEDs that even when dimmed I must keep aimed overhead. This one can fill the room
with color. All in all, the biggest complaints have been "dim 'em down."

The few Chauvet products I do own have been pretty reliable thus far but I do keep them in hard cases for transport.
 

dsr215

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Thanks for the input guys. I already have a 4play clear that i really like. I was thinking of adding the gigbar.

I'm short on space for most events. So what would you guys recomend I start with? I want to work on the main lights right now and add wireless uplighting later on. I like that the 4play loads ez onto my speaker stand right below the speaker.
 

BigWaveDJ

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I have the Chauvet Gig Bar. I have used it at many gigs ranging from small Bar's, medium sized banquet halls and a school half size gym. Its been set up on its own included stand and I have attached it to my ADJ Light Bridge Truss. I really think its pretty good. I use it in sound active mode with the remote to control some of the features. I have not used the included foot switch. It puts out a decent amount of light for small to medium venues and the adjustability of each individual light is a nice feature.
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Arnoldo Offermann

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Gawd ..... it seems all these lights come out of China regardless of the brand name on them. Its called OEM manufacturing.....one factory with different stickers on them. HOWEVER, there does seem to be various level
of quality control. .
You couldn't be any more incorrect. Some companies DO OEM, but Chauvet, ADJ, Martin, etc all design their lights and the factories make them. Sometimes they Buy a premade design and then require changes to fit their vision and quality.

The problem is China factories are very shady and like to sell direct or just counterfeit fixtures. If you buy direct, you can bet anything the components will be very different.

This is the same as "all DJs are the same."
 

adjtogo

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The problem with counterfeiting in China is not only happening with lights and DJ equipment, but bicycles and bicycle components. I'm an avid road cyclist. I've bought some high end carbon fiber bikes with names like Giant, Specialized, and Bianchi. Much to my surprise, some of those same frame geometries are made right in the same factories as the main manufacturer, sold without a name, or a knockoff name, and at a much cheaper price. Some are even bold enough to copy the same exact name as the manufacturer and sold on ebay at less than half the cost as it would brand new. As soon as one is spotted and taken down by ebay, another goes up just as fast. I'm on some cycling boards, and it's amazing how many cyclists will buy a knockoff CF frame, CF handlebars, CF wheelsets, and what they think is an original groupset and drive train. The bike may last for a bit, then it cracks, because there's not any QC. Sometimes, the plans for the different shaped geometries in bikes are sold out the "back door" as well as the molds and CF to make them, resulting in a cheap frame that will break. For me, I personally had two CF bikes, one a Bianchi and the other a Giant, that cracked, and I bought both from a licensed bike shop. Now, I ride a hand made and hand crafted titanium bike made right in Chattanooga, TN. The moral of the story is, a lot of things made in China are cheap knock offs and there are a lot of shady things going on there in all industries.
 

markyfekete

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Hi all... I'm new to this group. I have been a DJ for a year now, so I am newer to the trade as well. I just bought the Chauvet Gigbar IRC. And thus far I love it. Does anybody know if there's a setting where all of the lights can be on and one color? Basically the 2 derbys and the 2 pars/led??? So that between songs they're not all flashing and taking focus off of things like the toast at a wedding or I could use a dim simple, non flashing light for a bride/groom first dance?
 

Mark Evans

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The only way I know how to do that is to use the dmx settings with a controller. I have the Chauvet ShowXpress but some others may chime in on what they use.
 

NickyB

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Mark is on the money ..... the only way to defeat the internal programming is to use an external hardware controller like the DMX-40, 55 or 70 or a software solution like "ShowExpress" and assign each light its own dmx channel. Using a controller also allows you to access the internal programs (called "macros") for each fixture independently so it gives you the best of both worlds. It just requires a little steeper learning curve.

I don't own the Chauvet bar but do have a pair of Blizzard Weather Systems and had the same problem until I dropped using the footswitch and went to a Chauvet DMX-40 controller.
 
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