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Paul Rathbun
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I know there are a lot of opinions on backdrops on here. I just received this Backdrop Stand Kit today and believe it will do the job quite nicely.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TLS......F8&psc=1

I have had a few different backdrops and I think this kit is by far the best I have owned. I really like the fact that it can go 6', 9', 12' or 15' wide and as high as 13'. I think I will make my curtain 9' tall so when I do my school assemblies it will be 9'x15'. If I am doing a b-day show, I can make it 9' wide and whatever height they have available with their ceiling. I believe standard is 8' so this will only have 12" of fabric on the ground. This style frame also allows for me to enter through the curtain. Something I couldn't do with my old jet set.

I will admit this kit isn't lightweight, but it seems durable enough to hold my curtain and that is what is important. I also am highly impressed with the quality of the carry bag. It has a metal zipper and elastics inside to hold everything tight and from rolling around.

Can you tell I like this?
Dynamike
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That is cool Michael, but I like the telescopic crossbars better. They are fully adjustable. The telescopic crossbar is what kind Sam and I have.
Paul Rathbun
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Who is Michael?
Dynamike
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Oh, my bad. LOL

I meant Paul.
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Does your state require flame-retardant fabrics for theatrical curtains used in schools, and would those rules apply to a backdrop of this size?
Paul Rathbun
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That would be a good question for Dynamike since he has more experience using a backdrop. We live in the same state just opposite sides.
Dynamike
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In Michigan that does not aply to a portable back drop.
scenic effects
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Paul,
I've actually looked at these on-line myself - I was thinking of using something like it to hold a Creative Magic B -Screens as a backdrop - Do you think it would work for that? Are you planning on any kind of outdoor use (calm days) for this? Would love to see a photo when it's set up...
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They can be used outdoors, but 6 to 9 bags of sand are needed. When set up with a backdrop, they look like the following: http://s38.photobucket.com/user/Dynamike......rt=3&o=9
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On 2013-05-07 17:18, Dynamike wrote:
That is cool Michael, but I like the telescopic crossbars better. They are fully adjustable. The telescopic crossbar is what kind Sam and I have.

Extends to...
...9ft: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controll......=details
...10 ft: http://www.amazon.com/ePhoto-crossbar-Te......038CH8M0
...12 ft: http://www.photobrightlighting.com/index......temid=70
tophatevents
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I still love my spider-evoflex
flame retardant, very fast set-up and break down
sobre design, nothing flash and distracting like my name
just a beautifull blue backdrop
only bad thing I can imagine is that they are very expensive
Sam Sandler
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Paul,
the system I sell while similar to yours has many cool options.

first my set up allows you to have a cross bar ANY SIZE you need. you need 6'8" you can do it. you need 9'10" you got that too.

also my set up comes with my customized curtains I invented 15 years ago. it allows you to have 8' curtains or 6' curtains with the same curtains.
my material is also wrinkle free. I have never ironed them in over 1200 shows!

I have the system you bought as well and had used that for many many years and served me well. but I continued to search for better set up that would meet every single need I had.

you will enjoy the set up you bought and it will serve you well.

sam
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Magic Patrick
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I have always used this type of backdrop. My has black drapes. Great for pictures. I think that what is happening in front of the backdrop is the most important. I like the other systems but I have found them to bulky and too fancy. I want all the attention on me not my backdrop. The one you bought goes up in less than a minute ans is small when packed.
scottds80
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This is exactly what I use. The exact same
Setup with 4 linking bars, tripods and same carry bag. I have black velvet for a curtain.
It is great for height adjustment, but the tripod bases can be just a little bit annoying. I'd prefer they didn't stick out beneath the curtain.

The black in the background of my avatar is my curtain (you can't see anything though haha)
"Great Scott the Magician", Gippsland
tophatevents
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@ scott, the spider system doesn't have tripid base that tick out, but then again the height isn't adjustable
so far I haven't had any problems with height though
mfmz
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If anyone is looking for the photographers tripod system for a backdrop, check out WISH. I have seen them on there for at least $25.00 to $45.00. The same ones selling for over $200.00 you have to wait about 3 weeks, but it is worth it. Will be ordering one from wish soon.
Dynamike
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Mfmz, purchase a Jeff Jones backdrop instead. It is well worth it. That is what most magicians are using now.
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