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post #1 of 4 Old 08-25-2012, 08:53 AM - Thread Starter
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First of all i want to start saying that i live in Mexico. Mexico has a very strict customs policy for importing any fabric, the average tax for a fabric is arround 500% percent plus tax, plus freight, puls custom fees,etcetera.

You might get where im going. Im looking for a local fabric option, if not local at least a National product that has some of the characteristics of GOM fabric.

So what should i look for in a Fabric?

Wooven type of making?
What material? Cotton? Polyesther? wool?
Fire resistance?
How can i measure if it is acoustically transparent?

Thank you very much for your help.

Just for you guys to have an idea a 40 dollar 2 by 4 acoustic panel ends up costing almost $100 dollars placed in Mexico. Its outrageous.

My clients are going to think im crazy for charging $ 2000 + dolars for treating a room with some acoustic panels (acoustic treating a HT is not common down here).

Thank you for any advice.

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The FR701 GOM fabric most often used here is a product made from recycled plastic bottles. It is considered a polyester fabric and has a certain degree of openness to the weave allowing light and sound to pass through.

here is a shot draped over my 24 inch monitor


So I would start by walking into a fabric shop and look for a semi-open weave polyester fabric, a little stretch is OK but what you are looking for is something you can stretch on panels and it will stay tight forever.

You can buy a yard and take home and mount on a frame then hold in front of speakers and see if you can detect a difference (At the high frequencies). If you have measurement gear you should be able to verify what your ears are telling you.

Fire resistance is important to some people.
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Also many of us have samples and scraps left over. If you paid for shipping I'm sure any of us would send you an envelope with some pieces so you could take a look first hand.

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Wow, thank you very much. It is all clear now. Im goign to start bay doing what you said and getting a bunch of samples to test.

Thanks again, i will post results here for anyonles interested.

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