I promise not to turn this into a gear review blog. I will however let you know about new items I've been trying, maybe even put up some lighting diagrams to match. That said, the first item that will be up here is the Paul C Buff 86" PLM (http://www.paulcbuff.com/plm-silver.php).
Why a PLM? Well, I've been looking for a light source with more contrast, but with a grid effect. This comes highly recommended for a larger spread, great specularity, and quick falloff. I'll be in the studio this coming week and will post some images with the results, and hopefully matching diagrams. Please feel free to drop off your comments and observations if you've used this before.