I have a local photographer who is looking to sell some of his older White Lightnings.. by older, I mean "Ultra" series, so almost 1990 type stuff. I know PCB is pretty decent quality, and they stand by their product, and I've considered the cost of replacement tubes, shipping to PCB if failure occurs, etc. I'm comfortable with the risk given the very aggressive pricing from this gentleman.
However, the unknown here is the lack of fan-cooling. Has anyone here actually nuked a strobe before? I've read of people doing it after 500-600 shots on full power back to back, etc.. but for my most extreme uses, I'd be looking at *maybe* 200 shots @ full power, outdoors, in a brolly box, modeling light off (in the case of a modifier like that) over a period of an hour. Indoors I wouldn't think that'd be too much, but if it's a 90 degree day that might change things..
What are you thoughts? Is it crazy to even consider a non fan-cooled strobe?