Haven't really done this yet....so why not?
Hi All! My name is Steven, I'm from NC, and about to start working on my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education this fall. Teaching music has been my dream since starting piano lessons in the first grade (August 2005 to be exact). Nearly 12 years later, I am principal bassoonist of my high school's Wind Ensemble, was Principal Bassoonist of our All-County Honors Band, and was Second Chair Bassoonist, highest ranking from NC, of the 2016-2017 UNC-Wilmington Honor Band's High School Wind Ensemble. I also served four years as a trumpeter for my high school marching band, and will continue marching band for my entire college career, as my university of choice requires at least two years of marching band for Music Education majors. I also served two semesters as a Tenor vocalist for my high school choir and continue to serve in this capacity in my church choir. Last semester (Fall 2016), I completed a Teacher Cadet internship with my middle school. Now....on to the fire alarm stuff
My passion was sparked by my grandfather, a senior facilities manager for a bank (which shall not be named). Before taking his current position, however, he was the facilities and maintenance manager for a retirement community. This particular site has a HUGE Simplex 4120 system using several 4100 panels, several 4002's and a surviving 4208 running what is probably the biggest smorgasborg of Simplex signals on Earth. He would let me pull the stations for tests, and then he would let me push the acknowledge, silence, and reset switches on the different panels. It was then I began to notice fire alarms everywhere I went and I now have a small collection of mostly Simplex devices.
Once he took his current job, he allowed me to go to the different branches for tests. I soon learned the ins and outs of the Fire-Lite MS-9200 and the EST QuickStart panels, as the alarm company switched to Fire-Lite from EST in 2006. A couple of branches have Cerberus Pyrotronics System3 panels, and I always thought it was weird for a fire alarm cabinet to be blue
I found my love for Cerberus Pyrotronics in middle school, when I had the chance to operate the SXL-EX formerly installed in my middle school. I find this straight-forward, no-bull system to be a breath of fresh air compared to the mess of a Silent Knight IFP-2000 in my high school (the SK wasn't installed correctly...). Soon, I discovered the IXL system in a local elementary school, and I was hooked. Cerberus Pyrotronics, in my humble opinion, got it right with their entire 1990's product line (System3, SXL, PXL, IXL, MXL, VoiceCom). The Siemens buy-out almost crashed and burned, and I'm ticked about the System3, PXL, IXL, and MXL discontinuations, but they're slowly getting back on track with the FireFinder, Cerberus PRO and Desigo lines.
I also feel the need to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone on here! Most people in the fire alarm world I've met (except for our local CP-Siemens branch) have viewed me as a stupid teenager. All of you welcomed me to the community as an equal, and my knowledge was appreciated and expanded by the brilliant minds here, collectors and technicians alike.
THANK YOU ALL!!!!!