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boppies2
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I am looking for a small portable backdrop. I found this one interesting. Any thoughts, comments, suggestions? http://www.starmgc.com/fiberop.html
olivertwist
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That looks pretty nice. The lights make it more interesting than a mere curtain. The tote bag would be handy.
Stevethomas
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That thing looks pretty awesome, and it's as portable and about the same price as the plain one I'm using now with the same setup. Mine does have a center opening, though...Might just have to look into that! Has anyone dealt with this company before?

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Michael Messing
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It's nice but just keep this in mind. The backdrop stands themselves appear to be standard photographic backdrop stands. They can be purchased for $100 - $150 a set. Check any photo supplier or check out the auctions on eBay for Amvona stands. The Amvona stands go for a really good price on eBay and they do them daily. (On top of that, the typical backdrop stand will go 8' - 10' high and at least 9' wide. This curtain is only 6.5' high by 10' wide.)

The question is whether or not it's worth $150 - $200 for the LED curtain. (I use several photographic backdrop stands and had my 8.5' x 5" curtains (two of them so it would split in the middle) made for about $50. That's material cost only as my mom did the sewing. Smile

Michael
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I know that it is expensive but I have the Spider backdrop and cannot say enough good things about it. I mostly use just one panel of it and it is very easy to set up and very portable plus it looks great!
boppies2
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Steve,
I have bought some small items from this folks. They are reputable - at least from my limited experience with them.
MikeDes
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I think the curtain isn't tall enough. That seems to be the problem with a lot of backdrops. If the audience is sitting below you and fairly close (which is always the case for kid shows) then, from there perspective, your head will be above the curtain. This defeats part of the purpose of having a backdrop. I think 8 feet is a minimum. Better a curtain that's too long than too short.
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If you're interested, you can purchase standard photographic backdrop stands at a reasonbale price from Adorama Camera. Their web addrss is http://www.adorama.com
danchanmagic
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I agree the Spider Back Drop is one of best investment you'll make if you're a performer. The one down side is you cannot set it up outdoors due to wind, it catches like a sail. You can purchase it at http://www.spider-berlin.com/
-Daniel
Michael Messing
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Nearly all backdrop systems will sail outdoors. The only way I've been able to use my backdrop system - it's one of the photographic backdrop stands with curtains - was to tie heavy weights to the bottom of each stand to keep them in place. The backdrops themselves still flapped in the wind.
boppies2
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Thanks everyone for your opinions and advice. As a new user to the Magic Café, I appreciate your input. The question is similar to what do you like, Ford or Chevy. They are both cars, but from then on it is personal taste, likes and dislikes.

Max
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One further thing you may want to consider is that being lit from behind while performing some effects can betray the method.
LED's can put off quite a bit of light, and can give the audience increased contrast while watching an effect, something you might not want them to have.

Of course you could always turn the LED's on and off.

Perhaps leaving them off for most of the show, and then turning them on for the grand finale (if suitable) might be interesting.
Cheers.
boppies2
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Thank you Silverling for that excellent insight. Grand Finale!! Now why didn't I think of that Smile
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Received my LED Backdrop yesterday. It has a number of options for the lights. Although I won't use he lights all the time. So far very impressive. Looks like a good deal for the buck. Took about 10 minutes to set up. I am sure it can be done quicker. Will be using it in my shows next week.
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I have this backdrop system myself. It is made by American Dj and is great for kid shows. I don't recommend it for the touring professional as it is a little under 7 feet tall but it is about 10 feet wide. It does make any small how look huge though. I have added par can lighting and it makes my show look like a small Las Vegas type show.
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I have one of the largest backdrop made, and I made it my self. Excellent! also use as storage container.
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Christopher Starr
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The same company that offers the LED curtain also offers regular style backdrops here: http://www.starmgc.com/drape.html
Colin Uk
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Hi

I have a roler banner backdrop personalised with graphics.

This is ideal for birthdays & schools.

For larger shows I use it with a spiderflex.

Very easy to set up.

Email me for pictures.

Colin
Christopher Starr
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I have found yet another reasonably priced source for backdrops:

http://www.hmcdisplay.com/Merchant2/merc......anddrape

Seems to be in the tradeshow style, but tall enough at 8 feet high, and sold in varying lengths to suit.
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I have 2 sets of that and they worked great! Springs open and light weight.

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