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There has been an atmosphere of great satisfaction at Clay Paky for many months now for having succeeded in designing a product that is unique, unrivalled and without direct competitors, capable of filling a gap in live entertainment.

The Lighting Designers noticed the difference and immediately identified Clay Paky’s newest product as a creative and innovative tool for their work, specifying it for some of the most important international projects.

The Rental Companies noticed the difference and immediately welcomed the innovative nature of the solution and appreciated the extraordinary performance features of the Alpha Beam 300, purchasing many units and enabling Clay Paky to dedicate complete production lines exclusively to this product, to meet the countless requests received from all over the world.

Only the official acknowledgement was missing, which was not long in arriving: ALPHA BEAM 300 won the Award for Innovation at the Plasa 2008 event held in London on Monday evening on the 8th September.

The acknowledgement was assigned to Mr. Enrico Caironi of Clay Paky. Mr. Matthew Griffiths, Managing Director of Plasa, said that “The judges were impressed by this amalgamation of existing technologies which has created a new tool for lighting designers, offering greater versatility and flexibility”.

Mr. Pasquale Quadri, Chairman of Clay Paky told us: “We are very proud of this award: it confirms that Alpha Beam 300 was exactly the solution that was missing in the world of live entertainment, and let me to say that it is the right acknowledgement for a team of persons that worked with professionalism and passion, both in the design phase and in the production phase. The on-going contact with lighting designers and all the qualified operators of the sector was a key factor”.

Innovative and complete, compact, service friendly and easy to install and use, ALPHA BEAM 300 is the ideal Moving Light Beam for “live” professional use especially “long throw” to cut through the brightness of stage washes or LED backgrounds, with Aircraft Landing light effects never seen before.
Alpha Beam 300 is very powerful and eco-friendly: thanks to the new special Clay Paky optical group, it is 3 times brighter than an ordinary 1200W wash projector, with the energy consumption of a 300W light bulb. This enables it to be used instead of considerably larger projectors, with enormous savings in energy.

The Aperture and graphics of the “tube of light” can be decided at will by using the 8 fixed gobos available, while a linear frost can be used to pass from a narrow hard beam to a more or less soft one. CMY colour mixing and a colour wheel (8+1) allow the light beam to be coloured at will. A Dimmer on a dedicated channel, stop/strobe and high speed Pan/Tilt complete the ALPHA BEAM 300 configuration.

A number of comments made by lighting designers, rental company managers and operators of the sector that have specified, installed and used Alpha Beam 300 are mentioned below.

LD Giovanni Pinna (Vasco Rossi tour): “the 45 Alpha Beam 300 are the special features of the tour, these are really spectacular products, I saw them three months ago and I fell in love with them: this is a projector that you see and recognise, something really special”.

LD Marco Policastro (“Mary of Nazareth” musical at the Vatican): “I have always adored the ACLs, and this is the spotlight that is very similar to that type of light, providing in addition, rapid movement. The product is very luminous, versatile, lightweight, adapts to any space and in hundreds of different situations: it is the product that was missing!”

Ferdinando Cermenati (RAI – Italian State Television – Director of Photography): “The first time I saw them was at Showway in Bergamo, and I was very excited about their power and versatile use, continuity and concentration of the light beam along the full emission length, the speed of the moving body, the very warm colours also suitable for TV”.

Carlo Stagnoli (RAI – Italian State Television – Director of Photography): “They are very powerful spotlights but with a very low consumption, the space is outlined wonderfully, the colour has a very bright effect. The Alpha Beam 300 are a unique and extraordinary product”.

Baz Halpin (LD for the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour and for the Tina Turner tour): “I chose the Alpha Beam 300 for Tina Turner and Queen + Paul Rodgers because of their low power consumption, unparalled output compared to anything else in its class. I was most impressed by their reliability, speed and effectiveness. They are light, bright and pack a powerful punch. I love them”.

James Harden (General Manager Bandit Lites): “The Alpha Beam 300 is a great little light. The movement speed is astonishing due to the weight of the head and the intensity is very punchy for a light of it’s size. The Alpha Beam 300 is a very good fixture for a great budget”.

Martin Hawthorn (Managing Director Hawthorn): “When I first saw the Alpha product range during its design stages I could immediately see it would be popular with our customers. We added them to our hire stock as soon as they were available and they have never been on the shelves since; thus adding the new Alpha Beam 300 is a natural decision!”

Dave Slater (Hire Manager Hawthorn): “The Alpha Beam 300 is a truly unique product. Our last Eshot to our hire customers mentioned that we’d recently bought some 300’s and within the next week they were all out on hire! Demand will only increase as more and more customers try them for the first time and discover their unique style”.

Pierre Louis (Blue Squares equipment Manager): “When we received one piece as a demo, we were very surprised by its performances & light output . Also, this is a very new fixture between Wash & Gobo that did not exist before. So we acquired ALPHA BEAM 300 in June 2008. We showed the Alpha Beam 300 to several lighting designers in Belgium and France , they were also very enthusiastic about this product. They started to use them directly for several shows”.

Marieke Kers (PR & Marketing Ampco Flashlight, NL): “The Clay Paky Alpha Beam 300 is impressive. Although it’s lightweight and has a low power consumption, it produces an amazing and intense narrow beam. This new piece of lighting artillery is unique of its kind, there’s absolutely no substitute”.

LD Paweł Pająk “Spider”: “This product has a luminosity that has never been seen before in relation to its power class. The product is compact, lightweight and has a power consumption of only 300W! In addition, it provides the CMY, the colour wheel with very rapid colour changes and a very useful series of gobos to change the distinctive features of the light beam. The Beam products are also very reliable: I have used them on many occasions, both indoors and outdoors, and they have never had the slightest problem”.

Felix Remedios (Managing Director Reynolds Sound & Lighting Services): “When we plugged in and used our new Alpha Beam 300’s for their first time, our jaws all dropped in amazement at the output & versatility of these lights! These are simply the hottest lights of 2008! We intend to add a lot more of these lights to our inventory – the size to performance ratio is simply astounding. My clients can’t get enough of them !! Another Clay Paky winner through and through. Congrats on a great product !!”

Ali Saab (LD Al Raisi Group): “Alpha Beam 300, it is the new concept in Beam Moving Lights , the optical development of this machine is wonderful because you can not imagine that all of this bright light can be coming from a 300w machine with a very light weight compared with the weight and power consumption of the Spot / Wash 575 – 1200. I like most of the Alpha products Range … but this one is really special !!”

Disney’s High School Musical Spanish tour • the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour • the “Maria di Nazareth” musical that made its debut in the ‘Sala Nervi’ at the Vatican and that will soon begin a world tour • Dancing on Ice Tour, the famous programme produced by the English ITV1 • ‘Miss Italia’ and ‘Miss Italia nel mondo’ • the “Scalo 76” and “Quelli che il Calcio” Italian TV programmes • the Vasco Rossi tour • the Elio e le storie tese tour • the Carl Cox concert in Rome • the Cali tour in France • The Unilever event at the Torwar in Warsaw • Many industrial presentations, for example: launching the new Mercedes SLK, the TIM and Vodafone conventions, the Wella stand at Cosmoprof • the Ken Hirai, Hiromi Go, V6 and Heisei JUMPJohnny’s Artist tours in Japan… and many others!

PRG USA, PRG Europe, PRG Asia, Atlanta Sound & Light (USA), Flashlight Rental (NL), Aukes Theatretechniek (NL) Stage Electrics (UK), Bandit Lites (UK), Arpège (FRA), Régie Lumière (FRA), Blue Squares (BE), Limelite (ITA), Giochi di Luce (ITA), Giemme Allestimenti (ITA), Mixer Sound & Lite (ITA), Siempre Creativos (SPA), TSE, Transcolor (POL), SLS, Showtech, Protec (EAU), Creative (Qatar), Lumen Art (Lebanon).