"This was a tough and emotional decision," said Rusty Brutsch, chairman and CEO at Vari-Lite. "But in the end, sales of the Virtuoso DX console just weren't profitable for Vari-Lite. And therefore the decision was made to concentrate all our manufacturing and sales efforts on the luminaire market, which has greater potential for profitable growth. The overwhelming and positive response to Vari-Lite's newest automated luminaire, the VL1000(tm) ERS, combined with the success of the Series 2000(tm) luminaires--reinforced our decision."
Vari-Lite will support all Virtuoso DX consoles sold to date. "The goal is to provide the same quality service that our customers and dealers have experienced in the past," said Brutsch. "I also want to emphasize that VLPS will continue to rent and provide customer support for the Virtuoso(tm) and Virtuoso DX consoles as always."