Operating a Grand Master mid-20th century lighting control

I am in the process of updating my now-ancient Virtual Grand Master software, for possible inclusion in the Canon timeline project, which is developing resources to support the teaching of the history of technical theatre.

During my research into such arcane matters as the gear ratios on the master wheel of a Grand Master lighting control, the estimable Jim Laws introduced me to Adrian Redmond.

Adrian was the Chief Electrician at the New Theatre, Oxford, UK, in the final year of operation of that theatre’s Grand Master, and oversaw its replacement with a Strand MMS system in 1975. Adrian offers some recollections of working with the Grand Master, and of theatre life generally at the time.

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