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close_up_act
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I've been thinking about getting one but not sure which one. I've seen several versions, mak, Thomas Clark, klamm. Can anyone give me the pros and cons. The only complaint I hear is that it's heavy to carry.
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Do a Café search. There are many helpful threads on this subject.

I only have experience with one, but I listened to experienced pros and very happy I bought this one. Its very good quality. Heavy, yes, but I think that is unavoidable if you want good quality.

http://www.thehouseofenchantment.com/pag......BBB.html

Jay is a member here and all around good guy.
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I'll second the endorsement of Jay's chair suspension. The quality is excellent and the purchase experience was great.
Since I bought mine he has expanded his offering of several different versions to accommodate height and weight differences.
The carry weight hasn't been that much of a problem and is worth the feeling of 'security' with a well made prop.
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Kyle Peron is an expert at the CS, including tips on choosing the correct model for your needs. He has a great publication, and is always willing to lend his advice; give him a PM. As Ken said, a quick search will give you lots of his posts on the subject.
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The OP probably needs the smaller version for kids shows.
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On Apr 20, 2017, close_up_act wrote:
I've been thinking about getting one but not sure which one. I've seen several versions, mak, Thomas Clark, klamm. Can anyone give me the pros and cons. The only complaint I hear is that it's heavy to carry.

Are you looking forward to suspend a child or an adult?

At first I started suspending children:

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Since kids can be more of a challenge, plus I wanted to start having the child's parent be part of the effect so I switched to a heavy duty chair suspension. Once the parent is suspended, I always have the child come up to have a picture taken as if the child is suspending their parent:

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There are light ones, there are heavy ones. There are ones that can be carried in with one trip, there are ones that need to be carried in with multiple trips. There are some that need a volunteer with long hair, there are some that can be performed with volunteers of any length hair. It all depends on what will favor you the most.
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I have the European suspension. It's not quite as heavy-duty as Jays, but it's very well made. I think I paid $600 for it 5 or 6 years ago. My previous one was a Jim Sommers version, very similar to the Mac. I never felt comfortable using it, you had to make sure the child was dead center, and then when you removed the board the child sagged down 2-3". I would only recommend this for small kindergarten or first grade kids. The European model and Jay's model are heavier, with almost all of the weight being in the supporting chair. I bought a wheeled keyboard case for mine, which makes it much easier to troop around with. My 2 cents. Jim
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