Edit: some initial shots of the panels and whatnot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/6286993...7626719406142/
More pictures will come either tonight or tomorrow, as I've just now finished putting the thing together (twice at that) and my wife is about to kill me. It's too large and wobbly for me to mount on my own, so my father-in-law is going to help me lift it later this evening.
I've built it twice so far. The instructions are terribly written and the diagrams are way too small, but thankfully I'll never have to read them again. I somehow missed the part where it noted to attach the masking panels to the pulley mechanism, so after completing the whole build process otherwise, I took a look at my work and scratched my head over random guide wires hanging out. So I took it apart, attached the masking panels, and reassembled the beast. Anyone else who gets this-- don't forget to attach the masks to the guidelines.
The masking panels are indeed covered in the same velvet that covers the frame and overall they're pretty dang attractive. The CAD drawings on Monoprice's website show finger tabs on both the top and bottom masks, but in reality there's only a single recessed fingerhole on the bottom panel to adjust both masks. Otherwise, there were no badly machined holes, loose velvet pieces, or odd joints anywhere on the frame, which is pretty remarkable given the unit's price. Overall, the frame itself is a showpiece in my humble opinion-- but then again don't forget that it's also replacing quite possible the ugliest frame ever made.
Unfortunately I haven't fired a picture at the screen itself yet, as it's propped up against another wall, but the material itself seems awfully thin. Maybe I'm spoiled with the industrial build of my Da-Lite Perm-Wall screens, but this almost feels like really thick latex gloves.
I've also never had a screen that relied on tension rods before. No complaints there, as the screen is taut all around-- it's just an interesting experience stretching out all those little springs every six inches....and doing the whole bloody thing again once you realize you forgot to attach the masks.
I apologize again for not having action shots to post right now, but I'm utterly exhausted from building it twice. Well, that and lacking 2 additional arms and the ability to deadlift 100lb 4feet above my head.
Anyone have build questions or concerns? Specific photos you want?