Looks like it may be awhile before I get that little vacation I was hoping for!
Seriously though, we'll work on all these other goodies in the future. But I have to be upfront and warn you guys not to hold your breath. I'm an obsessive perfectionist, which is a GOOD thing with respect to the quality of the final product that is going to bear the name Carada, but is a BAD thing when it comes to product development lead times. My nature won't let me "whip out" a quick and dirty design just to get something on the market. For example we started the design process on the Masquerade in early spring of 2006 and we're just now bringing it to market.
Having said that we've learned a lot, and have significantly upgraded our capabilities as a company, in both the manufacturing and in the product development disciplines. So maybe we can bring some of these other cool products you guys want to market a LITTLE faster this time around. And Bob, if you have seriously have experience with accurately
bending LONG aluminum extrusions on a shallow radius, please feel free to send me a PM. Maybe we can do a tradeout for some consulting work.
We have an awesome Italian-made computer-controlled dual head miter saw that allows us to cut the Masquerade extrusions with incredible precision, but what we DON'T have is the tube bending equipment that we'll need to do curved screens (with or without masking). And before we invest in that kind of equipment I'd love to talk to someone with experience in that field (other than the sales rep trying to sell us the equipment). Any other AVS members that might have some relevant experience that they would like to share, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Anyway, speaking of what we currently
have to offer, the constant-width Masquerade was a BIG hit at the Audioholics show in Clearwater Florida yesterday. We had two Masquerades in action that wowed the crowd all day long. The system is smooth and pretty darn quiet for a motorized masking system, and the frame is unobtrusive enough that most people just thought it was a regular projection screen up there. It was funny how many people thought the projector was just doing something neat when we punched a button on the remote (without telling the audience) and the masks deployed. All they knew is that the image suddenly jumped
off the screen when the black bars were eliminated. When we turned on the lights and explained what was really happening, the common word was simply COOL!!
And there were several AVS members that got a good look at the systems, so hopefully they'll chime in here with their impressions.
Thanks again for the comments guys AND for letting us know what you want Carada to work on next. Now, back to the grindstone.