I run the digital/film/darkroom labs for a small university art department up in Vermont. I've been looking to get a few strobe monolight kits for our lighting studio and I'm looking for a brand that will not be killed instantly by student abuse when they check the kits out. Anyone have suggestions for a type of monolight that is more durable than most?
All the best,
I'm going to suggest a different route than most; call a strobe repairman and ask him. My thought on the matter that most of the responses you'll get here are just going to be what peoples personal preference for lights are, which may not really relate to what you want to know.
So call up a few strobe repair guys. I use Power Strobe Repair in Atlanta, ask for a guy named Carl - he'll probably have some input.
Hit the phone book and call a few others too, see if you can get a consensus view.