I few people wanted to know what I thought of the Palliser Brando seats I just received so here's the scoop. If you have more questions or want some pictures feel free to ask. I bought through www.discountleatherchair.com
after contacting a few other people that had purchased through them. They also sell fixed price on ebay for the same as they advertise on thier website. This also allowed me an easy avenue to contact those that had recently bought from them. Price was as advertised. All came as advertised so this was a great relief since its tough to put down over $5k with someone you've never met in person. Before I go on to the seats I will say that as with many others on this forum, I also was subject to a rollercoaster of delivery date changes. This is a theme among many manufactures and sellers from what I read. I believe that this is out of control of the seller and due to the variability of manufacturing semi-custom seats. These seats are custom in the fact that they are built to order. Your color, texture, leather grade etc are to your choosing. I think this is why they are not the cheapest but of good quality. They come from Winnipeg, Canada so I can't blame shipping delays. As it turns out, I had a two week delay due to an arm that didn't pass quality control. A new arm needed to be manufactured. Prior to that there was a week long summer shuttdown for vacations in the plant. My order took 7 weeks vs. the estimated 4-5weeks. Tough to take but waiting is always hard.
I've watched only a few movies but so far I love the seats. They look stunning, they are firm enough yet still comfortable enough initially so that people don't comment on them being too firm. I like that the fact that the cushions are not so pillowy. Its downright hard to find a seat that isn't $1k per seat that has a snug leather fit. The seat is also comfortable for larger sizes. I'm 6'3" and somewhere between 230-250 lbs. (sorry for the range - I don't weigh myself regularly). My daughter is 50lbs and still can close the manual recline so I like that its not too stiff for all users. I went with 4 manual and 4 power recline. The manuals are for the front (kids row) and I didn't want them to play with the power recline. I on the other hand really value the infiniite adjustability of the power. I think the manual can set at various points but it definately has two points that are prominent.
Before I forget - the boxes came FedEX. Don't ask me why. The shipping was included but it couldn't have been cheap. It was the only option. The fed ex delivery man was nearly paniced - my boxes took up 3/4 of his van. If I wouldn't have been there to accept the packages he wouldn't have been able to do his route. The base comes in one box and the arms come in separate boxes. The largest box (base) I received was 36.5x24.5x30.5 inches (LxWxH). Therefore my 26" entrance fit in the boxes with no problem. They are sectional in nature and the pictures show this. I'll likely think of more details to add but I'll have to do so at a later time. Its getting late.
The boxes we received - we brought one in at a time to unpack
The base unit without the back
The base extended without the back
The bases connected together - pretty simple - so far no sign of separation on carpet. Notice the nice detail on the backs. I like the variation. It looks really classy.
All in place
I tell you - after working on this theater for over a year of nights and weekends, there is nothing to compare to the feeling of seeing it all completed and seats in place. Until now - it was just a vision. Now its reality. I haven't had this feeling of Christmas morning for a long time.