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I know this is an old thread, but not sure why anyone would "laugh" at these. Would I use one? Absolutely not. Do I think less of those who do? Heck no. No more than I think less of someone who's doing a 16-channel LOR display. Different people have different priorities, different budgets, and different skills. Not to mention have been doing this for different lengths of time... I had been doing an animated display for like 4-5 years (with LOR) when that thing first came out.

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At least the photo shows the 6 channel. Their most recent version is only 4 channels. It's been said, once but I'll say it again.

MR CHRISTMAS IS THE GATEWAY DRUG!!!!

I did two years with MR C. First year was 6 haphazard mini trees. Second year thanks to breakouts on my cords, I had 6- mini trees, 6-snowflakes, 6 segments of Icicles, and 6 different roof/gutter lines. I thought 24 cords was nuts then... Now my first total year of controlled animation with LOR and I have 3,800 feet of extension cord, an FM transmitter, 64 channels and 13,000 lights.

Like I said, gateway drug!

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I looked at that thing for 3 years and thought wow... but limited. Then I started searching and saw some peoples home built kits that were a little beyond me.

And then..... I found LOR... still took me 2 years to buy it. But now.... :rolleyes: How many controllers can I get on that 50 amp RV circuit?

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I don't laugh at them - it gets people hooked on doing something more than just putting out some icicles or a chaser string. I love for everyone to have lights.

But when our new neighbor was bending my ear with his engineering knowledge of cell phones and how he wanted to use Mr. Christmas for Halloween because he has such fantastic Christmas decorations with it.... Yes, in that one moment I was quietly laughing inside.

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Got mine for $13.50 a few years back on sale, Picked up 9 of them, Gave 7 away to neighbors who hung lights thinking they would like them. Shipped one to family overseas, and keeping one as a memory of what has been....

Now you can imagine the annoyance on our street when you were taking an evening stroll...However It got you in the spirit, and during the season, it brought the street together ^_^

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I'll bet your street looks very cheery and the kids love it. That was a good idea. Now if you can just convince them to use LOR you could get away from that terrible Mr. Christmas sound.

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I suppose I feel a little worried about it rather than laughing. It gets me to thinking that people think that is what is in my yard or it's just that simple.

But then I see some if your posts of how you laugh at that notion later and you inspire me to be bigger than the fear. Thank you.

And now I have a charming feeling towards it actually when I see that so many of you started with something like this. Thanks again - for sharing the stories of your early years!

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I'll bet your street looks very cheery and the kids love it. That was a good idea. Now if you can just convince them to use LOR you could get away from that terrible Mr. Christmas sound.

When I use my Gemmy for halloween, I use a MP3 player and a quality bookshelf speaker. Sounds a lot better.

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When I use my Gemmy for halloween, I use a MP3 player and a quality bookshelf speaker. Sounds a lot better.

We had a Lights and Sounds of Christmas in 2007 and it's what got me started looking into LOR(that and Holdman). We still use it down at my father inlaw's house and I absolutely *LOVE* hearing and watching it. We have the two beat channels going to his deer and the other 4 channels go to a 1600 light, 10' tree and it rocks! Seriously, it looks great for what it is and once you've lived through a season of one of those things the songs are BURNED into your psyche. :)

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I used Mr Christmas for many years. I had people come every year to see the lights. Children watching the music and lights, what a good feeling. i was unaware of what i could do with more than 6 channels. Last christmas , my show was on a Mr Christmas from Home depot. My problem is the machine would start to fail in cold weather, songs speed up. I started looking in January of this year and found 10,000 people who were doing it a different way.

After researching, i wanted to do RGB lights and that was how Nutcracker was born. Now that i have done my first show (Halloween,

) with all new hardware and sequencers. This is so much better.

So I thank Mr Christmas for the joy it brought to my 6yo neighbor and to my family over the years, we really enjoyed it. This year, will be a whole new experience.

Last year 6 channels

This year 13K channels (20x120 megatree, 16x128 strings for eaves, arches, windows, Coro star, 96 dmx channels for candy canes, and other 110v lights)

thanks

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I started with a 6 channel Gemmy. Used it for 3 years. Used it last season until my LOR got here (middle of Dec.). I just kept playing w/ the lights plugging unplugging until I thought they looked good. The kids like it even better than I did. So that's what it's all about. Doesn't matter if its LOR, Gemmy or whatever it's about the happiness you bring to others!

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Saw one of these in action last year. what a joke! Just lights blinking on and off. Completely random. I guess some folks think it is cool.

I've seen some videos of people's LOR displays that are even more random, lol.

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I was thinking, we are all laughing about how primitive the MR C. is. But just wait, all of us who had a MR C and gave it away will be truly upset with ourselves when 30 years from now they become valuable as retro collectors items. Like having an original "Pong" or a "Commodore 64, or all those "In-the-Box" Star Wars figures our mother gave away when we left home.

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I was going to say what Tim said.... I've seen some LOR sequences that don't seem to match the songs at all, Anybody been to Home Depot lately? they sell "lightshow" products

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hey i started Last year with a Mr. Christmas , and it did make me want alot more and better display well from this time last year to now ive gone from Mr. Chrsitmas to 32 Channel's of LOr with a third Controller being saved up for.

i found a youtube video i made to show the 9' nutcrackers. the music and sequencing are from my 6 channel Mr Nutcracker. People enjoyed it even though it is pretty amateurish as compared to peoples shows on here.

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you may laugh at a 6-channel Mr. Christmas product now, but it is only a matter of time before someone truly commercializes a 16 or 32 channel (possibly expandable) product that can be sold at the big box stores. It obviously would never compete with a 128 LOR system, but it would be simple to set up with pre-loaded sequences. I agree that this system is good as it gets people hooked on the idea that they could do more with their lights than just plug them in at the beginning of every night.

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You must've seen my videos! :huh:

Mine too Jim. I know my first couple years were not as good as they could have been. And I still know my Christmas ones this year are still going to be fairly bad since I didn't take the time to tweak them to make them better and are still fairly the 1st year sequences with some minor changes.

As usual I focused too much on my Halloween display instead of Christmas *again!*. Just seems I enjoy doing Halloween more than Christmas, even though I love both equally, just seems I *always* get caught up in Halloween and my Christmas display suffers. LOL Next year I'm going to try and force myself to NOT add or work on any Halloween sequences/music and try and get Christmas much better.

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Got mine for $13.50 a few years back on sale, Picked up 9 of them, Gave 7 away to neighbors who hung lights thinking they would like them. Shipped one to family overseas, and keeping one as a memory of what has been....

Now you can imagine the annoyance on our street when you were taking an evening stroll...However It got you in the spirit, and during the season, it brought the street together ^_^

LOL! :D

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you may laugh at a 6-channel Mr. Christmas product now, but it is only a matter of time before someone truly commercializes a 16 or 32 channel (possibly expandable) product that can be sold at the big box stores. It obviously would never compete with a 128 LOR system, but it would be simple to set up with pre-loaded sequences. I agree that this system is good as it gets people hooked on the idea that they could do more with their lights than just plug them in at the beginning of every night.

That sounds like a good idea for an enterprising LOR user.

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Lol....I tried to get that at one of the stores do do a basic display last year....no one here sold it. So I just set up the static display and started looking around. 4 LOR controllers and $500 in after sale lights at home depot later....here I am.

64 channels

8 small tress

one mini/mega tree

star and 8 channel star trail (my favorite)

2 leaping arches

Lots and lots of other lights.

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