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    Default Holiday Coro Singing Pumpkin

    This animated pumpkin is a new product at Holiday Coro this year (www.holidaycoro.com) and what got me off the fence to buy it was that it came with 3 Vixen sequences (or LOR/LSP) and sample music: Monster Mash, Ghostbusters and Thriller. To use the music legally you have to actually own a copy of it, but who doesn't have a copy of those three anyway?!?!? But if you don't, you can always pick them up for peanuts from iTunes... or Amazon.

    This turned out to be a fun, 1-day project. Of course, I made it wireless :mrgreen: so I can put it anywhere outside where nobody will trip on the wires... The box measures 46" square by about 4 inches deep, so it's a pretty sizeable item. I had some old 4-channel SSRs that had been sitting in a box for at least a couple years; they're driven by a prototype Ren816XB controller I invented last year but have never used. The pumpkin takes 8 channels but the music is sequenced for 16 channels with the thought that you might also light 8 smaller singing pumpkins out in front of or near the big one. I purchased 8 plastic pumpkin-size treat buckets at Target for $1 each and plan to light them instead of carve the real things, so you'll see 8 extension cords coming out of the bottom back -- one for each of the "choir of pumpkins."

    I've only run a couple tests on it and while it works fine, the project allowed me to reuse some otherwise unused equipment as well as some old lights. Some of the lights need a little replacement color, so that's next on my agenda -- recoloring some of the mini-lights. All totalled, the pumpkin takes 561 lights, and of course, some sections need odd numbers of lights so you end up with some extras but I just left them inside the box. There's no need to black them out as the pumpkin face is opaque black coro and they won't be seen anyway.

    Observation: Holiday Coro makes it very easy to build one of these. Their build manual is first-rate. But don't for a minute think you can put this together in 1-hour though -- I spent the entire day on it and I still haven't painted the sides black so the box won't be so visible from the side. And, of course, the 8 singing pumpkins are yet to be wired. This would be a fantastic father-son project, but being that my "kids" are 26 and 28, they opted to let me handle it alone... I'm a bit concerned about storage because with all those lights sticking out like that, it's pretty fragile. Right now I have it in the garage leaning against my boat. but I fabricated handles for each side and I may be able to suspend it from the ceiling -- that would certainly be out of the way!

    When it's done and I have the pumpkin choir ready, I'll shoot a little video and add a link. Until then, these pictures will have to do...

    front.JPGback.JPGcontroller_side.jpgpower.JPGfinished_back.JPG
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    Very nice. I'm working on the quartet now as well. I did start this before the quartet was available so my main Pumpkin is the 8ft X 8ft version plus the standard 46x46 along with the skull and frankenstien (thats what I call monster #3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    I'm a bit concerned about storage because with all those lights sticking out like that, it's pretty fragile. Right now I have it in the garage leaning against my boat. but I fabricated handles for each side and I may be able to suspend it from the ceiling -- that would certainly be out of the way!
    What was the order turn around time when an order is placed? I am going to order some today, if they will arrive in time for me to build....I all ready have permission.

    Based on the website ..... "Our animated characters each are designed with additional borders around the edge, typically 1.5", to allow for an inexpensive 2"x4" frame to be built for support ".....It seems you could just build the frame then for storage, use a plywood (or similar material) cover, screwed to the front and back. Of course you will need some 1x1 or similar for spacing on the front.
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    I placed my order in the morning, paid my invoice after noon, and had them show up at my door the next day! Of course it helps that I live in the same state. They also have a set of 8 smaller pumpkins (about 19 inches across) that take a bit under 200 lights each. The coro looks great, and I'm looking forward to assembling them. This is my first year and I'm using Halloween as my "dry run" for Christmas

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    Eeek! My post submitted twice!
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    David here with HolidayCoro.com -

    I must say that is the most professional assembly of our Singing Pumpkin I've seen to date. That should make display setup fairly quick. Excellent job!

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefWarrant View Post
    What was the order turn around time when an order is placed? I am going to order some today, if they will arrive in time for me to build....I all ready have permission.
    At this time in the season, we generally stock most common items and they ship the same or next day after payment. Delivery is usually via FedEx ground with the following delivery times:



    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefWarrant View Post
    Based on the website ..... "Our animated characters each are designed with additional borders around the edge, typically 1.5", to allow for an inexpensive 2"x4" frame to be built for support ".....It seems you could just build the frame then for storage, use a plywood (or similar material) cover, screwed to the front and back. Of course you will need some 1x1 or similar for spacing on the front.
    That's a really good idea to but a cleat on the front - not only would it provide more "clamping" of the coro but it also solves the issue if you are storing it laying down. If you have a variety of of our items which are usually 46"x46" outside dimensions, you can just stack one inside the other.

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    Very nice job Dave,,,, need to see some videos in action...:D

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    Okay...

    Here's a short, 12-second, silent video of the pumpkin....

    Windows Media Format:
    http://digwdf.com/dirknerkle/video/pumpkin_test.wmv

    MP4 format:
    http://digwdf.com/dirknerkle/video/pumpkin_test.mp4
    Last edited by dirknerkle; 08-29-2015 at 11:59 AM. Reason: fixed links

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    Now that looks Great!!! Gotta get me one of those..............

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    That video looks great - you must have a good camera!

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