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Topic: Question about Amvona Backdrop setup
Message: Posted by: Jay (Nov 4, 2007 12:02AM)
Hi all,

I just purchased an Amvona AS-014 backdrop stand from eBay as per many recommendations here and it looks great! I set it up in the house and it is HUGE! It is well made and appears to be very sturdy.

Here is my question:

Since it did not come with directions, I wanted to know the best order in which to set up the pieces. Am I supposed to set up both stands and set them approximately 12 feet apart and hope for the best once the crossbars are assembled and I try to line the crossbar holes up with the bolts on each of the stands? I had some real challenges placing the cross bar onto the stands, and that was without a backdrop curtain even on the bar yet!

Then, I thought, maybe I am supposed to put one piece of the crossbar onto one of the stands, and build it horizontally, one crossbar piece at a time, but that would be difficult to do with the curtains on there.

I just don't know how best to do it.

A little guidance for a new backdrop owner would really be appreciated.

Thanks very much,
Message: Posted by: Michael Messing (Nov 4, 2007 06:47AM)
I set up both stands approximately 12' apart and then I assemble the crossbar. I put one end of the crossbar on one stand and then walk along the crossbar, holding it up for support, until I get to the other end and then put the second end of the crossbar on the second stand.

To put the backdrops on, I lift one end of the crossbar off the stand and feed the backdrop complete on from that one end. Once all of it is on (it will be bunched up toward that end), I put the crossbar back on the stand and then distribute the backdrop across the crossbar.

When raising the crossbar, you don't want to extend one side completely before going to the other or the second stand will bind when you try to extend it (because of the diagonal stress from the crossbar.) The best way to do it (if you don't have an assistant to help) is to extend the first side about 2 or 3 feet then extend the other side about twice that far. Then, you come back to the first side and extend it 2 or 3 feet past the other side, etc., until the stands are fully extended or at the height you want them.

Obviously, all this is easier with an assistant. You're on one side. The assistant is on the other. You can put the crossbar on easily. You can feed the backdrop from both sides and you can extend the stands on both sides at the same time.

Hope this helps.

Message: Posted by: Jay (Nov 4, 2007 08:29AM)
This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you so much, Michael.

Message: Posted by: Michael Messing (Nov 5, 2007 06:03PM)
You're welcome. Feel free to contact me if you have additional questions. I've been using photographic backdrop stands for magic for 25 years. (My first set was actually for photography - my hobby. I realized they would serve double duty.)

Message: Posted by: yosef_dov (Nov 7, 2007 11:45AM)
Greetings... I too just purchased 2 sets of the Amvona stands. Michael- what do you do about the feet of the uprights (tripod legs)? Does you backdrop cover them? Do you just place them so only 1 foot faces forward?

My plan is to have one set on each side, at angles (like upside down V), with a crossbar between the two stand sets, holding a "doorway" curtain (my previous backdrop was a Trimble screen setup, with a curtained "doorway" in the middle).

Message: Posted by: Michael Messing (Nov 7, 2007 02:53PM)
I've never really worried about the legs showing up. Mine are black so they really don't stand out at all.

Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 7, 2007 03:02PM)
I roll up the fabric onto the crossbar. I use crushed panne (sp?) which does not wrinkle. So I do the same thing Michael does except I don't need to feed the fabric onto the crossbar.
Message: Posted by: MikeBent (Dec 16, 2007 02:35PM)
Do you use a single thickness of the crushed panne fabric?
Message: Posted by: disneywld (Dec 21, 2007 12:41PM)
I prefer to have an assistant help me. I broke off one of the connectors by doing it myself.
Message: Posted by: jlevey (Jan 11, 2008 11:53AM)
If you lift the curtain in stages (pun intended) and do so attentively, as Michael (so well) describes, the conectors should not break. Of course an assistant is nice to have, but not necessary.

Single crushed panne fabric (in my case red/burgundy color) seems to work fine. The material is not translucent --unless, perhaps you position it in front of a window with daylight streaming through.