It arrived today! I prodded James the past week or two and he assured me it would be shipped Monday and it was, and it arrived today via UPS. In summary, I placed the order 3/18, was quoted a 14 to 17 business day lead time before shipping, and it arrived today, 5/1. Total of 32 business days from order to receiving, about 28 days between the order and till it was shipped, so as others have said just plan on waiting a good month and half. I ordered far in advance of when I was expecting to actually need it (still working heavily with dry wall/wood in the area that the screen will be going so I don't want to put it up yet and get it all messy with dust etc).
Special shipping note: the UPS guy just left it on my porch (luckily I was home), but for those working normal work hours it may not be ideal to have a 6 foot long giant box sitting on your porch for 5 hours before you get home. I would hope no one would steal it, it is pretty heavy, but I managed to move it inside by myself (Mine is 148" screen) so just a word of caution.
Haven't opened the box up yet, but it's pretty impressive that everything fits in it. While it is long, it is rather slender so I am hoping everything is there. Will put together in the next few weeks and post results and impressions. Currently using a beat up light tan wall as a screen, and the Sony VPL-HW50ES looks fantastic as it is, so I am hoping this puts it over the top!
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Has anyone got the Jamestown installation instructions scanned that they could scan and share here? I'm trying to assemble a used screen and having some trouble. If I can't get it soon I'm going to forgo the tension fit and install grommets and redo the system. The previous owner cut the tabs off short and I can't hardly pull it tight. I have to use needle nose pliers on some tabs. When I think I've got it tight I stand it up and it's all saggy. I know there is an order - I need some guidance.
I've got a 130" assembled not in use, your welcome to come take a look at it. I also have the assembly instructions you can take a look at, or I can make you a copy.
yeah I got it figured out finally. It looks nice...The Seymour XD, acoustic transparent fabric is nice. I'd exercise caution when buying used. If the previous owner says he cut off the tabs - then think twice. It was difficult to put it back together for my wife and I because the tabs were too short, but Jamestown did a great job of wrapping the mdf with velvet, and the assembled product looks nice. If you can do DIY at all - I might recommend that route. My previous 106" screen was DIY and it wasn't hard to do. I just did staples.
What material did you order? That would help us help you. If it is the Seymour material, you can use either side but that material does not have a yellowish side to it.
So yeah, it was a bit of an effort to get it. But it came, and as it was I was too busy to get the theater up and running for a few weeks anyways. So it worked out fine for me and I wasn't too bothered since I kind of knew what to expect. My advice to others is to order knowing that it will be later than he claims. And to start contacting him once your initial estimated date approaches. The reason I ordered so far in advance was to give him plenty of time to build it, assuming he had a backlog, and he said he would hold it for me until my new house was ready, but I don't think he actually did any work until I contacted him in May.
As for the resulting screen, well I'm very pleased. I ordered a 120" AT screen and it came just as I expected. The only issue I had was the way the center supports fit, I thought they seemed off, as they were not exactly in line with the rest of the frame. Turns out that was intentional so they weren't making contact with the screen material and possible showing lines on the screen. I sent him an e-mail late one night asking about that and he responded in minutes. So his support response time is excellent.
Like others I wasn't entirely comfortable with just one french cleat for hanging it. It might have been fine, but I wanted two supports. So I bought a pair of matching cleats from Home Depot and attached near the center supports. I removed one of the screws attaching the aluminum frame to the wood and used that to anchor the cleat, then used two self tapping sheet metal screws for the other holes in the cleats.
I had no trouble stretching the screen out using the nylon zip ties and other parts he provided. It was very easy to do on my own and I never ran into any problems with wrinkles or other signs of unequal tension in the screen. I assembled the entire screen on my own and only needed help hanging it on the wall. It took a few hours but I could have done it quicker, I was just overly cautious, also my room was a bit tight to work in as I maneuvered around the screen tensioning it.
It came out pretty square, I haven't bothered taking measurements, as I can tell with a level and a square it's pretty close, certainly no visible error. With my Epson 5030 I have to zoom in a bit so that the image goes over each side a hair in order to fill the screen top to bottom, but a few others have this problem two with the Epson. So either the screen or the projector isn't perfect, but it's not really a problem. While it would be nice if there was a method to cover the center seam for the top and bottom parts of the frame I did find those handy for aligning the projector.
So would I recommend him? Sure, why not. He seems like a decent fellow, and I like supporting small business when I can, and it's a good product for a good price. But I only recommend him with the caveat that you have to have a flexible schedule. If you need a screen by a fixed date that is 3-4 weeks or less out just don't bother with Jamestown, save yourself the stress and go elsewhere. If you are working on a new theater and have two months or more before completion, or if you are looking to replace an existing screen and have no set schedule, go for it. The box it arrived in is remarkably small. My 120" screen was in a box less than 6' long, and only maybe 6" x 6" or a little bigger. It was awkward to move on my own, but not bad. So if it actually arrives early than you anticipated you won't have much trouble finding someplace to store it until you are ready to put it together.
Thanks for your review of Jamestown. It is good to know that the material is of high quality. It's too bad, that he struggles with time management. Luckily, I will not need to screen for a while. I am actually looking at the screen you bought (AT 120). So it is good to hear that you are happy with it. It looks like you can't beat the quality for the price...assuming you have the patience to wait.
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Last edited by Daniel Chaves; 07-19-2014 at 07:51 PM.
Thanks, was hoping to get this up tonight!
A slightly bigger issue is I wasn't able to tighten the ties until I put the mounting brackets on because the aluminum pieces were not pressing down low enough to keep the spacers from slipping through. Anyone else have THIS issue? I'm going to have to figure out exactly where it's mounting and put the brackets in place before I can full tighten the screen down with the ties.
Also, note to anyone trying to completely maximize your space - I got a little over zealous and went with exactly big enough screen size to maximize my particular situation. Turns out the total height is about 1/2" larger than I expected which doesn't sound like much, but when everything is exact on paper it can really throw things off in reality. I will be chopping an inch of dry wall out of a block of ceiling that is limiting. Certainly I should have expected some slight variations, but just a word of caution to anyone trying to do the same thing and get the biggest possible screen for your area.
When I do get the point of ordering Im gonna swing up there and see what his operation is. Ill keep ya posted
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