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Amvona Muslin: a Brief Review

 
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Mar 21, 2008 11:27 |  #1

I just received this Amvona muslin that I won on eBay for $23 (+ $18 for S&H), and I was simply WOW'ed...

At first I was pretty skeptical, given such a low pricing, but I didn't want to spend over $200 at a local fabric store for a similar dimension, so I thought I'd give Amvona a try. The one that I got is called "Civichrome. Elite II (Mottled) Muslin." This muslin is just HUGE (10'x24') and covers up the entire floor of my basement!! I was of course expecting it to be large, but laying it all up onto the support stand and onto the floor, my eyes were growing as large... :D

One of the things that I was very curious was how "thin," considering its low price, the fabric was going to be upon its arrival and inspection. To my pleasant surprise, I found the material to be thick enough to withstand at least a decade or more of heavy use. It came solidly hemmed with several grommets for hanging (I use shower curtain hanger clips, as you see in the photo below, for these).

These snapshots don't do much justice to how it really looks. I found it to be beautiful and solidly constructed, so for anyone who wants to consider Amvona at eBaby, my recommendation is two thumbs up. So have fun bidding!! :D By the way, I have another one from Amvona (10'x20') on its way. This one costed me $10 more, but I ain't complaining....


I'm planning on adding a set of grommets at around the base of the stands to stretch the fabric a bit...


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Mar 21, 2008 14:06 |  #2

Very Nice. I will have to look into them


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Mar 21, 2008 14:16 |  #3

Boy, you sure seem to get quite a bit for the price - nice!


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Mar 21, 2008 14:39 |  #4

Looks ok. How much?

But I think something like SilverLake would be better. They run monthly special where you can get 10x20 for $150. The patterns and colors are much better than cheaper brands.


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Mar 21, 2008 14:50 |  #5

bobbyz wrote in post #5162416 (external link)
Looks ok. How much?

But I think something like SilverLake would be better. They run monthly special where you can get 10x20 for $150. The patterns and colors are much better than cheaper brands.

I don't think so... :cool: I paid, as I stated in the first sentence above, $23 + $18 for s&h. At this price (+ 4' more fabric), I'll pass ANY "monthly specials"! ;) As for the fabric quality, this one's thick, not flimsy stuff.



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Mar 21, 2008 15:32 |  #6

Sorry I missed the $23 part. That's heck of lot cheaper.


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Mar 21, 2008 15:36 |  #7

Besides, if you got it and hated the colors, you could always repaint. That much fabric is a steal!


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Mar 21, 2008 15:48 |  #8

Gary Lindquist wrote in post #5162777 (external link)
That much fabric is a steal!

Yea, that's exactly what I was thinking when I first laid everything out on the floor. I'm actually glad that the second Amvona on its way is 10'x20' so I can handle it easier.

Funny thing is that this thing came in a medium size box and wasn't all that heavy, so charging $18 for s&h was a huge ripoff! ;) At first, I thought one of the lighting books had arrived when I picked it up in front of my door...



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Mar 21, 2008 15:51 |  #9

I don't know SooYoung. Shipping is getting ridiculously expensive.


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Mar 21, 2008 15:52 |  #10

One word of caution on Amvona muslins - their colors can be deceiving. I ordered a backdrop that I thought was a nice cream beige color by THEIR photo in their catalog and it came flourescent orange!!!

They are nice muslins for the money that's for sure - I've bought several of them recently and was only disappointed with the color of one of them. Read the feedback on their ebay site and you will see that they get the 'deceptive color' complaint quite often.


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Mar 21, 2008 15:54 |  #11

the shipping appears to bean easy way ebay folks to make money these days


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Mar 21, 2008 16:02 |  #12

How much of whats behind it shows thru the material? Like if I had a very dark brown wall and a white window with blinds both behind the muslin do you think the differences in shade behind the fabric would show thru? I notice you have a window behind yours but you have a light wall as well.


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Mar 21, 2008 16:16 |  #13

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How much of whats behind it shows thru the material? Like if I had a very dark brown wall and a white window with blinds both behind the muslin do you think the differences in shade behind the fabric would show thru? I notice you have a window behind yours but you have a light wall as well.

Look what you made me do... I went downstairs to double check to be sure...:)

In the dark basement with a bright sun light shining through directly from behind, yes, you can see some light through the fabric. But it looks to me quite unavoidable for ANY fabric unless you go canvas thick. Even then you might get some light through the canvas if it's directly positioned in front of the window.

Obviously, unless you can't avoid it, it's not advisable to position the background directly in front of any strong light source.... As for your other question, no, the light colored back wall had absolutely no effect whatsoever.



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Mar 21, 2008 16:36 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #14

I should have been more specific. Assume its at night. No light coming thru the window. But about the only thing I have close to a studio is a dark brown wall and a window with a white frame and white blinds splitting my background pretty much right down the middle. Thin material such as a cheap low thread count bed sheet and you can see the brown and white thru it.

Is the material thick enough to not show a dark vs light difference in whats behind the muslin? No light coming thru the window.


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Mar 21, 2008 16:43 |  #15

Some of Amvona's cheaper muslins are thin like bed sheets as you put it. The more expensive ones that I've bought from them are thick muslin. No light shines thru them and they are like heavy canvas.


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