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WagsterMagic
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I'm looking for a cheap, portable, professional looking backdrop for some of my shows. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Best
Brandon
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Sam Pearce
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Check out these setups, they are quite nice!

http://www.onlineEEI.com

Sam
Ken Dumm
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I'll second Sam's recommendation. The plates are a bit heavy, but you need that weight to secure the backdrop. If working outside, be sure to bring a couple of sandbags. Better safe than sorry.

Ken
Mystical Matthew
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Wow! Thanks for the links! I have a jet set, but would like something a little bit wider. This might just do the trick!

I learned the hard way about the sand bag thing when the wind literally took my jet set off stage at one point ;-).
Michael Messing
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Unless you really need the extra stability of those heavy plates, I recommend photographic backdrop stands. They are lightweight, durable and inexpensive. Amvona.com sells nice ones. Here's the one I recommend: http://www.amvona.com/?page=shop/flypage......_id=1011

It's 12' wide by 9'7" tall. *****To get the best price on Amvona's backdrop stands (and all their photographic equipment,) you want to buy them on eBay!*****

Their stuff sells for much less on eBay and everything is auctioned regularly. (I would link to one of their auctions but that's against the Café's rules.)

To find this set on ebay, just do a search for AS-14S. That will bring up all their auctions. If you want to go wider, they also sell 20' wide backdrop systems - the AS-015 or AS-015S (the S stands for silver.) (I own both types!)

You'll have to have the backdrop curtain itself made so their is the cost of material and labor for that. (My mom is a great seamstress so that took care of it for me!)

Michael
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I did an outdoor festival a month or so ago, and even though the plates are heavy, strong gusts of wind blew through the entertainment tent and played havoc with the backdrop. Small sand bags on the plates helped a lot. The material is doubled seamed on top and bottom, so I put wooden dowels in the bottom seam to help stop the material from blowing up throughout the show. The dowels fit in the bag that carry the whole set up.

Ken
Sam Pearce
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The pipe and drape I recommended is great! Although the plates are heavy, that's what you want! Do you really want your backdrop falling over?

The great thing about using the plates is that they hardly take up any room, and that can be a big plus when working tight spaces.

As Michael pointed out, the Amvona stands are also good, in fact, I used to use one for all my shows until I got my new system. If anyone interested, I have a couple used Amvona stands, and the crossbar, in a very durable bag. Its 10'x8' which worked good for me.

http://www.djskirts.com is also worth checking out for the actual drape itself. Very nice curtains! I use mine for almost every show, it's being used in the picture below.

Note: this is not the pipe and drape I recommended, these are crank stands with a 15' truss on them.
This is my main set-up, minus the side drapes. We travel with two sets of extra pipe and drape (10' curtain) for both sides of the main truss, if needed.
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I'd be happy to answer any questions if anyone has any!

Sam
Timm
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I would recommend a spider backdrop. I've used one for years and they're quick and easy to set up and they look great. Here's the link:

http://www.spiderbackdrop.com/english/englisch.html
robertwong
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I use Abbott's Jet Sets, the new 8' by 8' model. I have two of them to give me a 8' by 16' backdrop. Granted I would not use them outdoors but for a professional look indoors, I like them.

Robert.
Patriot
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I prefer self-supporting backdrops that can be used indoors or outdoors. I prefer Jeff Jones' colorful and multi-layered backdrops. They're adjustable in height and width, set up and break down in 2-3 minutes, fold up to the size and weight of a collapsible sports chair and really present a professional impression. He's currently working on a design with independent adjustable side wings for greater coverage and enclosure. I use mine constantly indoors and out. I'll try to post a picture later today.

Not cheap...but they are individually sewn and assembled in the U.S. with quality parts and a money back guarantee. I've had mine for over a year and it looks as good as the day I bought it.

Http://www.magicnc.com/21881_15131.asp?submenu=6
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Please note that Jeff's backdrops come in a variety of colors and I believe he will still customize your backdrop to your color scheme. The Captain's is a customized design. Mine is a dark blue with a more magical motif and appearance.
Paulo Cabrita
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The best backdrop is the spider backdrop system.

Paulo
Magicalpro
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I have used the Spider for years, cannot say enough about them, but now I have added Tim Sonnefelts Wonder Imagry background, and I work with the 7x7 for small venues, and then larger stages I will add the spiders on both sides, but with Sonnefelts, it goes up or packs away in less than a minute, and I am talking from when you set the carrying bag on the floor, http://www.timsonefelt.com/cgi-bin/store/commerce.cgi
I also had him do a customized table skirt to go around my Lefler table.
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Dennis Michael
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This is quite decent backdrop and you don't have to get the frilly stuff see: http://www.MagicBackdrops.com
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MJ Marrs
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I just recently got a Spider Backdrop. Set up is super easy. However, I haven't used it outside yet, so I'm a bit concerned about how it will hold up with the wind.
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Stevens Magic is now the exclusive US dealer for the Spider line. The product pages are linked to youtube pages that show how easy the set up is.

Backdrop
http://www.stevensmagic.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=7932

Tables
http://www.stevensmagic.com/videoclips/spidertable.htm

Platform
http://www.stevensmagic.com/videoclips/spidertable.htm

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That spider back drop looks very nice! And it looks easy to set up and take down.

Here is a link for some fancy curtains:

http://backdropsfantastic.com/ThemeBackdrops.htm
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WagsterMagic
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I have actually looked into the spider back drops and have found those to be the best.

I am saving up to purchase one. Very expensive but will last long and I can travel with it very easily.

Thanks guys.

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Brandon
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Dennis Michael
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I have the spider and I do love it. However, it does take time to set up. This is why I use the quick set-up from http://www.MagicBackdrops.com (30 seconds.) and is one third the price of the spider.

When making a choice for backdrop, one must consider the venue it is being used.
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Check out these setups, they are quite nice!

http://www.onlineEEI.com

Sam


Devon (my son) did a show last weekend with a backdrop setup likt that. We had more curtains than the "kits" on that page. we set up a little "stage" area with sides and everthing. It was a nice little set-up. we set up a set of pipes only to hang the backlights on. (careful don't over do the weight on this one) it turned out kinda cool. I'll have pictures soon. I'll post a couple for all do see.

Greg
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