There is also the merlock. It is made in the USA. It is 32 cues on a module and has either 2 db25s for ODA compatible slats with 12 cues on module or uses a 32 cue centronics style slat such as what the starfire uses. The system is relatively cheap and works great. It is a 2 wire system like the starfire and is fired using the laptop. I purchased one last year and have used at one show and it works great. Just another thought for anyone interested. I have also used the cobra and I liked them when I used it but I only used them on one show.
On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 9:17 PM, Dan Muzzey <muzzey314@...>
I've used the Cobra systems, star fire, and remotefiringsystems.com (more affectionatly known as dewey systems). I would not recommend a Cobra system. In my opinion, from an engineering perspective they screwed up by using a nine volt battery as the power source. In addition to this the terminal blocks are much smaller than i would prefer. Our show down in saint louis used one of these and I'm pretty sure we had some cues that showed continuity yet didn't fire. The ematches fired later. I can't prove it was the system but it definately wasn't my favorite system to use. Kevin was down there with me and he might be able to provide a more favorable review than me.
Dewey's systems are roughly the same price but use a much bigger terminal block and battery. In fact they may be a little cheeper although they are physically larger.
If you can afford it the star fires are very nice. Complete computer firing :) I've used these down in Saint Louis and while helping Dominator at the PGI and NFA. These systems are very nice.
I know of another system that is in the works right now. It will be a computer controlled system (USB) and it may have a stand alone option, not sure on that. The target price for this system is 10 bucks a cue. My guess is it will probably use the smaller terminal blocks I don't like but the price is very attractive. They are targetting June to have the system finised.
I never heard from anyone else so I ordered my system. But, if you do happen to order along with anyone else let me know. I may be interested in a few more modules.
Will their be any plans for a Cobra Firing System group buy?