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Can I really be this unlucky? :P
Old 01-14-2006, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When I was doing my shoot Thursday, one of my Alien Bees died on me. Again. I made a shot, it fired, then it didn't come back on. I thought it was the modeling light at first, but turns out the whole thing was dying. It made this weird buzzing sound when I tried to fire it again, the strobe would pop the teeniest of pops, but most certainly not the amount it would be if it were working properly. Also, none of the lights on the back were on, either.

This is the second time this exact same problem has happened to me. Both times were right in the middle of a shoot, too. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] Last time I had to send it back, so I guess I'll hafta do that this time, too. I know everyone else who has Bees has had nothing but good things come from them, so why am I this unlucky? Maybe karma's catching up with me. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] I've had my Dyna-Lites for several years and haven't had a single problem...

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Never had a problem with mine....
Old 01-14-2006, 03:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe 'cause you live in TN, they save the "special" ones for you and send the good ones out of state???

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Re: Never had a problem with mine....
Old 01-14-2006, 03:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know, right? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] Lucky me!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: Can I really be this unlucky? :P
Old 01-14-2006, 03:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The bees are cheep but they work most of the time. I have had problems with the socket for the sink cord on two. I now started with 3 now I am down to one that still works.

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Re: Can I really be this unlucky? :P
Old 01-14-2006, 03:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about your Bees woes too, but it's nice to see I'm not the only one having problems. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] I really do think the Bees would be great for outdoors stuff, but I still prefer packs for indoors. I've had my eye on some Hensels for a while now...

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Re: Can I really be this unlucky? :P
Old 01-14-2006, 04:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sam,

I blame the liberal media! Or is it the conservative spin-doctors...I can never remember.

I had one problem with one bee when I first bought them. Since I live literally a couple of miles from the factory I took it over and they handed me a new one with a smile. Since then my two AB800's and one 400 have had the living crap beat out of them by me, in and out of the studio and I have yet to have another issue.

So like I said...I blame Al Franken...or Rush Limbaugh...or one of those guys.

Good luck getting 'em fixed, broke gear sucks [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]

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If you had the problem twice in the same room and/or outlet, you might want to check your electrical. I have a travelite that used to just randomly pop on me that I ususally used in the same outlet. I got a new outlet checker and was going through checking outlets and found the one the travelite was hooked to had reversed polarity.

Just a thought.

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Re: Can I really be this unlucky? :P
Old 01-14-2006, 07:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks Mark,

Man I wish it was that easy... Unfortunately this happened at two different locations... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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Re: Can I really be this unlucky? :P
Old 01-14-2006, 07:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Rush Limbaugh always did get on my nerves, so I don't mind blaming it on him. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I want to like these things, I really do, but I can feel my faith beginning to falter here. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] I guess third time's a charm, right? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] I think (hope) I'm still under warranty, so hopefully I can replace it without paying for another one. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] I really like using them outside, and with the Vagaond, they're the only thing I can use outside right now.

You're absolutely right, though -- broke gear sucks big time!!!!!

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Re: Can I really be this unlucky? :P
Old 01-15-2006, 01:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Both times were right in the middle of a shoot, too. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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Sorry, but I gotta ask...did you expect them to die on you when you weren't using them? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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