Originally Posted by smexton
Excellent idea, metaldave.
I have some retail outfits in my area that have added isf calibration as a quick money maker, but I would love to get someone from the avs community who has more passion and is not watching the clock while doing a crappy job. Been there, done that...
Perhaps a system like yours would give us better access to to the real deal, and also make it feasable for the pros here to group appointments.
Pittsburgh is only 4 hours or so....if we can fill in the gaps with more stops, perhaps someone would be up for a road trip?
Keep in mind that ISF does NO training in the image structure category, such as focusing, geometry and convergence. Poeple who are proficient at all of that will be getting scarcer and scarcer with the constant proliferation of fixed pixel devices and the reduced needs of same, since they don't require that knowledge.
We who do know these specialized things are going to be the only ones capable of optimizing CRT technology, and we will become fewer and farther between, the more fixed pixels gain their inexorable foothold on the marketplace. CRT tech is already becoming extremely hard to find out there, among new units offered. With very few occasional exceptions you really can't find anything in the stores anymore, you have to go online, to places like UEC and froogle.
Along with the regular ISF stuff needed on ALL displays, I am master of focusing - wrote the Cantilever Techniqiue years ago - geometry, convergence, astigmatism correction and scheimpflug correction. All things that could come into play on virtually all CRT triple gun systems, be they RPTV or FPTV. Esp. on your 8500.
You'll probably have to fly someone in in any case, for a nice Electrohome like yours, so you may as well go ahead and consider me, if you can't score someone local, which I think is going to be a real long shot. I am currently in Roswell GA, and will be flying back home to CA from St. Louis later in the week.