Ellis Vener , Dec 17, 1998; 05:14 p.m.
I use Elinchrom monolights and think they are great; rugged, easy to control, great light. I use these with most of the usual forms of light modifiers: umbrellas (note: the EL monoblocks need a thin (7mm) umbrella shaft); Soft boxes (Plume & Chimera); grid spots, and various reflectors.
Back in 1993 I attended the Santa Fe Photo Workshops and we all (class and teacher) found the Travellers a pain in the ass. Another class teacher, Greg Gorman and the class assistants positively loathed the Calumet Travellers. Maybe the Elite system corrects those problems?
I also recommend you look at Profoto Acute (1200 w/s and 2400 w/s versions, the Profoto Acute system is now marketed in the US by Mamiya. The big Profoto 7 units (like those used by Annie Leibowitz and Albert Watson) are still distributed by Profoto.
You might also look at the Dynalite M1000x system.