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Larry Hazeltine

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About Larry Hazeltine

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  • Birthday 02/05/1973

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    Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
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    IT Technician
  • About my display
    Located in northern Colorado Springs just off of Briargate Blvd and Stampede Dr. 24,000+ lights synchronized to music using 112 channels (64 LOR, 48 Renard) and an FM transmitter.
  1. I must say, I was overwhelmed with the response I got. However, once I got everything packed up and started contacting people who PMed me I was disappointed to find that no one seemed to be serious about buying anything. People spent money elsewhere or somehow didn't have the money, etc. If my price was too high I would have expected a counter-offer, but none came, so I still have these items for sale. If you are serious about purchasing anything from my display, PM me. By serious I mean you have the money now and will buy within a few days. I need to get this stuff moved. I have the CTB-16PC controllers both packed in one box. I have both 1602W controllers packed in another box. These are all ready to ship as soon as I receive payment. The Renard24 (Franks's) are not boxed for shipment yet, but that's a quick fix. I now have a little experience with UPS shipping as well, so it won't take long to get a shipping price for you. Please let me know your zip code when you contact me so I can give you a price.
  2. Sorry for the delay. I've been extremely busy getting the house cleaned out.

    NH - Dave, you were the first one interested in the LOR PC controllers. Fully assembled (new) they go for $249.95 each. How about we go $220 each? Shipping is about $35 for UPS ground (18 lbs for both controllers in one box). That comes out to $475 which is still less than 2 new ones before shipping.

  3. Wow, I've had many replies on the controllers so I guess I had better clarify what I have. 2 LOR 1602W that were factory built. I bought them new several years ago (04 or 05 I think). These are the ones in metal boxes and have the factory LOR cords with two input power cords. This is the older style without the cover plate (if you open the box you can see the board and wires, on the new style there's a cover plate that has to be removed to access the board). New these sell for $329 2 ShowTime PC CTB16PC. Fully Assembled. I bought these as partially assembled and used them for the last few years. These have the factory LOR cords. Fully assembled these sell for $249, partially assembled for $205. These are used but have never had problems and are still in great shape. 2 Renard 24 (Frank's version, not the SS) controllers. I soldered the components on the boards myself, put them in metal enclosures, and added cords. One of the enclosures is large enough for two boards (I was going to use it for my mega tree or a 24DC for LED floods but never got around to it). I don't know how much these go for fully assembled since I've only bought them in pieces and assembled them myself. Now that I think about it, the board in the larger box has one dead channel. I had meant to pull the board out and troubleshoot it after Christmas but then the divorce came up. It may just be a bad solder joint or triac, but I don't know for sure without removing the board from the enclosure so that one will have to be sold as a 23 channel controller. All these controllers work well with the exception of that one channel I mentioned above. I'm not looking to make a profit on these, just a fair price. I will find out about shipping charges on Saturday. I was thinking the price including shipping should be just under the cost of a new controller before shipping. If that still seems too high, make an offer. As to the lights, I am not selling any LEDs. Someday I will rebuild my display with only LEDs so I'm keeping the ones I have. My other 22,000 lights are all incandescent and are either white/clear or multicolored. They have all been used for at least one season. For my 2010 display I threw away many of the faded lights and replaced them with new ones.
  4. Sorry to hear. I would be interested in the controllers also. How much?

  5. Which LOR controllers? I have 4 total. Two are 1602 (metal box) and two are CTB16 (PC plastic box). I'm going to the UPS store for something else tomorrow I can have them weighed then to find out about shipping.

  6. Larry, sorry to hear, hope all works well for you. I am interested in the LOR PC controllers. How much for both and shipping? Pix? I am in NH 03034.

  7. Due to divorce I'm selling my Christmas display rather than putting it in storage. I need money to pay bills, not add a storage garage bill to the mix. I'll be keeping a few select items, but otherwise the entire display is available including my light controllers. I have 2 LOR 1602, 2 LOR PC-16, and 2 Renard 24 boards in boxes with cords. I have 5 reindeer and a plywood cutout sleigh, 6 spiral trees, 24 mini trees (12 tomato cage and 12 fake pines), 4 blowmolds (Santa, 2 soldiers, and a candle), a mega tree, icicle lights (white and multi zip tied together), and many strands of lights (I had 24,000 lights in my display this year). Right now I'm open to offers on any of that I just need to clean house quickly. I realize shipping of larger items may be cost-prohibitive, but smaller stuff shouldn't be too much. Picture attached of what my display looked like this year. Larry Colorado Springs
  8. I brought a screenshot of the online price and they honored it, but they did say that "technically you're supposed to purchase them online." In-store pickup is free. I suppose I could have used my Droid to buy them online from in the store.
  9. I just leave the snow on. It looks neat when the snow is glowing from the lights underneath. If you can't see the glow, you don't have enough lights on the bushes.
  10. Currently a 2LT in the Colorado National Guard
  11. My show started the day after Thanksgiving. I'm having some trouble with my FM transmitter though, so a new one is on the way.
  12. I always wait until the day after Thanksgiving to turn the lights on, but I'm thinking of moving that to December 1st next year. I just don't seem to have the time to get everything up *and running correctly* by that Friday. I'm off work those 4 days anyway, so that gives me extra setup time. Most traffic shows up in December anyway, and until I have more LEDs, it'll help with the power bill.
  13. That had better be some sale. The current "sale" prices are still $10-20 per strand of lights (12 boxes of 100ct warm white from creative displays is $240, reg price $600). That doesn't seem to be any cheaper than they were a couple of years ago. Even at $5 per 100 I'd be looking at $1100 to replace all of my incandescent minis.
  14. 5-9:30 daily. Until midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
  15. The show kicked off on-time this evening. Of course, even though I checked every strand before putting them up, I still had several elements with sections out. Some were bad bulbs, others were cheapo Target green extension cords. This year I had to replace all of the multicolored lights I had used for a year or two from Hobby Lobby. Other multicolored lights had faded some, but the paint was completely gone on every HL strand. I guess I could use them as white, but I had plenty of those already. I took advantage of Home Depot's Black Friday sale on LEDs (50 ct multicolor for $1.98) and added 1200 LEDs to my display. This puts me at 2040 LEDs altogether which is about how many incandescents I had in my first or second year of decorating. My total light count is now 24,466. Normally I only buy lights after Christmas, but this deal was too good to pass up and I liked them so much, I used them to replace many of the now-white minis. I have finally run out of spare minis, so I'll only be replacing them with LEDs from now on. I tried to get video this evening, but there were too many little things to fix. By the time I got to most of them, there was a steady stream of cars parked out front. I'll have to do a midnight show or something to get decent video. For now, here's a picture of all elements lit up. Note that many elements have multicolor and white lights on separate channels, so only one color is displayed in the picture. There is no point in the show where all 24k lights are on, but there are several sections where every element is lit up with one color or another. 64 LOR channels, 48 Renard channels
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