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Dec 31, 2010 12:59 |  #1

OK, I like the Savage background stand. I aquired it in a purchase of some studio gear where I really just wanted the lights and modifiers. The crossbar works great with 4' paper, but I thought it was a little light for 9' paper. A quick trip to Home Depot's fence dept. yielded a length of 1 1/4 fence pipe and two caps like this for around $12:

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It was pretty easy to cut the pipe and install the end caps thus making a "solid" cross bar. I liked this so much, I wanted to get small (6") extensions to go on top of the background stand posts so I could add a 2nd or 3rd color of paper ( I know, I should have just gotten a stand setup meant for multi rolls, but once I get started on a DIY project it takes on a life of its own LOL). I had no luck finding 6" extensions sold seperately, so a call to a friend who owns a machine shop yielded 4 of these:

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extension (external link) by Tony_A1 (external link), on Flickr

2 more solid crossbars from Home Depot & here is what it looks like with 3 bars on the stands:

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in use (external link) by Tony_A1 (external link), on Flickr

Black will be in the middle and white on the top since that is what I use most and would be the most frequent one to get changed although the change just takes a minute and is pretty easy...

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Dec 31, 2010 16:04 |  #2

Nice!
I upgraded my savage stand as well. Got one of these three roll adapters from B&H:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …cessory_Bracket​s_for.html (external link)

Then just drilled two holes in three pieces of metal electrical conduit from Home Depot:
http://www.homedepot.c​om …eId=10051&catal​ogId=10053 (external link)
Works pretty well too, just don't forget the sandbags on the stands though!


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Dec 31, 2010 16:31 |  #3

This looks like at least a "semi-permanent" install. Why not suspend from that exposed ceiling and rid yourself of all that clutter of the uprights? In addition, without those upright you will not have an issue of someone possibly knocking them over.

You will be transcending the needs for sandbags.

Enjoy! Lon


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Dec 31, 2010 16:35 |  #4

Stuart Leslie wrote in post #11548820 (external link)
Nice!
I upgraded my savage stand as well. Got one of these three roll adapters from B&H:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …cessory_Bracket​s_for.html (external link)

Then just drilled two holes in three pieces of metal electrical conduit from Home Depot:
http://www.homedepot.c​om …eId=10051&catal​ogId=10053 (external link)
Works pretty well too, just don't forget the sandbags on the stands though!

I like it! The solid crossbar is definately better isn't it. And yes The reason the 2nd & 3rd rolls aren't on the crossbars yet is because I haven't put on the sand bags yet!


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Dec 31, 2010 16:40 |  #5

FlashZebra wrote in post #11548926 (external link)
This looks like at least a "semi-permanent" install. Why not suspend from that exposed ceiling and rid yourself of all that clutter of the uprights? In addition, without those upright you will not have an issue of someone possibly knocking them over.

You will be transcending the needs for sandbags.

Enjoy! Lon

It is probably more like a "permannet" installation Lon. But the ceilings are like another 8' above the top of the rolls(where I photographed it isn't where it's being used). I have to give some thought on how I am going to attach to it as well as how I am going to get the big ladder up to my second floor studio and get some help for a couple of hours to do it. But I think eventually I will do it that way.


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Dec 31, 2010 18:16 |  #6

Tony_A wrote in post #11548964 (external link)
It is probably more like a "permannet" installation Lon. But the ceilings are like another 8' above the top of the rolls(where I photographed it isn't where it's being used). I have to give some thought on how I am going to attach to it as well as how I am going to get the big ladder up to my second floor studio and get some help for a couple of hours to do it. But I think eventually I will do it that way.

Those portable background stands are keen when used for ad hoc studio type work, but they are very limiting and even unnecessarily dangerous for a fixed studio situational.

Remember, you have a machinist as a friend. You are a lucky human.

Enjoy! Lon


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Dec 31, 2010 19:46 |  #7

I'm not trying to be a curmudgeon here....and I appreciate a good DIY project as much as the next guy.....but I hope those stands are made from steel and not thin walled aluminum tubing.


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