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post #61 of 103
elmalloc,

The G-Rail series looks to be a horizontal curtain rail system ( <----><----> ). Are you wanting to build a vertical or horizontal masking system?
post #62 of 103
Thread Starter 
R Harkness - I heard back from Goelst and they said they are a manufacturer and do not sell to the public and gave me a local retailer's phone number. I contacted them and after a few days of wait I got a quote of $2800 just for the motorized system (no curtains) - this does have a 90 degree bend on each end of the 140" wide run but still seems a lot more than your $1500 quote for you 160" run. Can you tell me who you got your quote from?

thanks!
post #63 of 103
Shake,

I need Vertical masking system, as I utilize a 16x9 setup. Any ideas?

I know HTIQ offers one but I gave him 2 shots already and both times he ended up not replying to emails.

Who else offers it for $1000-15000 or less?

-ELmO
post #64 of 103
Your masking will come from top/bottom, correct?

If so, I would try to engineer something from an electric "shade" system (try eBay or CraigsList.org), or even by hiring an electronics guy for some after hours work to configure a controller for a stepper motor(s) and an IR interface.
post #65 of 103
wondering if anyone has any first hand experience with http://www.add-a-motor.com/?

They have a 10ft motorized track for less than $300 and a 20ft track for less than $500. Based on some of the pricing is this thread, I would not expect this to be and ultra quality system, but would at least like to get and idea on reliability, etc.


I'm looking to be able to move my backdrop that is fairly heavy - the 20ft track is rated at 100lbs. Until I weigh the backdrop I won't know if this will be sufficient for me - or if I need something more heavy duty - but any feedback on this system would be appreciated.
post #66 of 103
shaek1 I appreciate the help
post #67 of 103
Jeff, I have no actual experience with the Add-A-Motor, but over the past several years I have read a few posts from forum members who have used it. All reported it to be noisy and of poor build quality. Most said it broke after using it a while. The specific product I'm referring to is the one Smarthome sold that went on the cord. I haven't heard anything about any of their other products.
post #68 of 103
Has anyone used this system?
post #69 of 103
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Originally Posted by Dark_Wizard View Post

Has anyone used this system?

Those appear to be BTX motorized rods. The specs are identical.
post #70 of 103
Thread Starter 
So far I have gotten quotes of $1500 and $1700 from these two companies that will have programmable multiple stops and 90 degree bends on each end of my run.....

Electric Shade Company and motorizedsolutions.com

Haven't made any final decisions yet....

Thanks!!
post #71 of 103
Brian, be very clear with them that you want a rod with programmable multiple stops and what you mean by programmable. It would be easy for them to assume you mean you want to be able to stop it anywhere in the travel with the remote. Most will do that, it's nothing special. The programmable multiple stops is a rare item, as this thread has pointed out.
post #72 of 103
Thread Starter 
Way ahead of you, was one of the 1st things I verified.... my exact question to them: "Will I be able to have pre-set stopping points with this system to allow different screen sizes? Not just hitting stop on a remote, but programmable stopping points."

Response from Electric Shade Company: The motor control board can be programmed at any pre-set stops on different channels of the receiver.

Response from Motorized Solutions: You will be able to pre-set stops as you desire.
post #73 of 103
Brian, have they be any chance given you a manufacturers brand name?
post #74 of 103
Deane,
thanks for the comments above. I was referring to the add a motor track system - but I need something with a span greater than 10 ft, so i'd have to go with the 20ft system.

YT74,
Any update on your Kallox system from ebay? can it be configured so the curtains move from one side to the other? basically the opposite of the split curtains that move to each side per the kallox gif.
Jeff
post #75 of 103
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Originally Posted by Shake1 View Post

BrianD,

Fabric is unbelievably expensive! But, they can have a huge impact on the room's looks. It ended up being a lot more than I planned / wanted to spend, but I am happy that I did. Looks very, very nice and the wife loves them.

For my HT, I spent more of my budget on the aesthetics for the room (paint, draperies, furnishings, etc.). I believe this is where most of the "Wow!" factor happens when friends and family come over to visit. Most people I know cannot tell the difference between DVD and Blu-Ray, and they really don't care. Remember, these are one time investments in the room, whereas technology changes regularly and is often replaced. I have nice equipment too, but I would say that I am a middle of the road kind of HT technology consumer.

Roger that, but I spent a lot on ACOUSTICAL improvements too, and for the same reason. People don't have a frickin' clue what the difference is between 5.1, and 7.1, or 2:35 vs 1:85, or HDMI vs DVI, or whatever, but they CAN HEAR what good acoustics sound like!!!

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Originally Posted by Shake1 View Post

BrianD,
I have an audiophile friend, who has a HT setup as well (FP & screen). He has spent tens of thousands of dollars on the equipment, the best you can buy (literally). His HT room is a converted spare bedroom room and looks like crap. And although "he" enjoys his gear, no one else shares in his appreciation. What they see is his HT room, and there is no "Wow!". If he invested more into his room's aesthetics, and put it on par with his gear, he would knock it out of the park.

I know someone who spent >$50K, a LOT more (wow!!!) for his room, and while it looks STUNNINGLY beautiful, it can't even come CLOSE to what I have, sound wise, with what my acoustical treatments have done for me. He has a major "wow" factor when you "see" it, but when you "hear" it, the wow factor (for me) is more like "you need to see my acoustical guru!!"

Good post!
Best,
Tom
Chinaclipper
post #76 of 103
Now I know I should have ripped out that motor system and took down those taps in that closed down cinema 20 years ago too bad it’s a casino now because they had old dusty seats even a few parts left over in the projection booth. The cinema was at Yelverton Rd Bournemouth and the casino didn’t care for it now its been extended with the other part of the casino.
post #77 of 103
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Originally Posted by oman321 View Post

http://www.remotecontrolcurtain.com/

Hi "oman321"

Here is another link; Power Curtain # CL-800. Looks like the same product Remote Control Curtain is selling...
This link has some good photos of what is included;

http://www.powercurtain.com/product1_800.html


John
post #78 of 103
Has anyone purchased a rod from Goelst? I e-mailed them to ask about making a purchase and received a prompt response.

However, they gave me the name of a distributor. I called the distributor and gave them a list of what I wanted. They then told me that they only sell to dealers/reps and gave me a list of who to call as a local rep.

I have to believe that buying direct would save money as I am not interested in having someone come to my house, measure my screen and give me a quote for curtains (GOM that I already have) and installing a rod.

I was given a rough number quote from a local dealer located in Philadelphia and the price is coming in around $3000 for a straight rod with 14" of masking entering and leaving the screen area.

While the flexibility of the Goelst rod appears to be fantastic, the price of the CL-800 is very attractive.

Any help?

T.Wells
post #79 of 103
Curtains rule it’s the last part of presentation.
post #80 of 103
I don't have enough area to do a curtain that opens from the center to the sides so i'm planning to do a rollup shade type of curtain. we plan to use a painted backdrop rolled around a motorized up/down shade mechanism. I'm thinking about using a handpainted backdrop on muslim from backdrop.us

I'm looking for a good place to buy the motor, remote, etc. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks!
post #81 of 103
On the links above their are options for roller shades and roman shades which should fit your need.
post #82 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by JBLsound4645 View Post

Curtains rule it's the last part of presentation.

Actually, the first and last. When people walk into one of these theaters, it's the screen curtain that draws the first WOW!

http://www.kathiejohnson.com/galleri...etheater.shtml
post #83 of 103
Need to buy an electric curtain system as well. Has anyone here ever bought and installed a cheap 18' system? What would you recommend?
post #84 of 103
Surprised nobody has mentioned Somfy, for curtains.
post #85 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by harrygriffon View Post

I don't have enough area to do a curtain that opens from the center to the sides so i'm planning to do a rollup shade type of curtain.

If you are looking for a more traditional theater curtain, how about using a rising contour curtain or even fancier austrian puf curtain? Very classy and old world.

Austrian Puff Curtain:



The contour curtain is just a regular pleated curtain with ring eyelets sewed on the back to guide the cords:

post #86 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by harrygriffon View Post

I don't have enough area to do a curtain that opens from the center to the sides so i'm planning to do a rollup shade type of curtain. we plan to use a painted backdrop rolled around a motorized up/down shade mechanism. I'm thinking about using a handpainted backdrop on muslim from backdrop.us

I'm looking for a good place to buy the motor, remote, etc. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks!

You could probably buy a BTX roller shade without the shade fabric and put your own on. Programmable stops at the top and bottom, plus you can stop it anywhere with the remote.
post #87 of 103
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Originally Posted by Neurorad View Post

Surprised nobody has mentioned Somfy, for curtains.

Yes, I think they do support setting a programmed intermediate stop position. At least one, maybe more. Their press release mentions it. >>with encoder based technology, it's possible to achieve an intermediate or favorite position at the press of a button.<<
post #88 of 103
I PURCHASED THE CURTAIN CALL. It works well. I did replace the steel cable with a nylon line. It was easier to work with and did not fray up like the steel cable does.
post #89 of 103
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Originally Posted by larryep View Post

I PURCHASED THE CURTAIN CALL. It works well. I did replace the steel cable with a nylon line. It was easier to work with and did not fray up like the steel cable does.

Do you happen to buy the CL-800? If so, do you have the hex codes for the remote? Please PM me if you have the codes.

Thanks,
T.Wells
post #90 of 103
i purchased this one

here are the codes i have:
close curtain
F43R1781815780AA16401616161616401616164016401616161616401640 161616401616161616411616161616411640161616161616164116401640 161616161641164116401616164116

open curtains
F43R1869815780AA16411616161616411616164116411616161616411641 161616411616161616411641161616411641161616161616164116161641 161616161641164116411616164116
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