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post #121 of 183
I'm glad to see things finally came together for you like they should have right from the beginning.
post #122 of 183
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He went out of his way, to take care of me, and is a good guy.

Went out of his way? Good guy? Several months later, after unanswered messages and emails and lots of bad publicity? I wouldn't consider that good service, but glad you are satisfied.

I would demand my money back. I certainly wouldn't sell this to someone else who might not be as lucky as you and your family was if it were to fail again.
post #123 of 183
I just came to know about this thread today. I have the avdeco a/v rack too. I am concerned. Glass is rated for 250#. An I have about 84# on one shelf and 32# & 32# on the other two shelves. I am concerned...
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post #124 of 183
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I just wanted to post an update to my situation, and let everyone know that Paul came through for me, and a replacement glass top was delivered yesterday. He went out of his way, to take care of me, and is a good guy.

So it got fixed 4 months later? Wow is all I can say. it is possible that he simply had a defective unit, since others haven't seemed to have buckled under the pressure of other heavy HDTV's.. However this goes to show each and every one of us how dangerous a glass anything can be.
post #125 of 183
Wow, just came across this thread. While I don't have my plasma resting on a glass surface, I do have close to 2000 lbs of rock/reef, sand and water resting on a 24" x 72" x 0.5" glass plate in the form of a 180 gallon reef tank with no center support. And, I often play music/movies with plenty of bass in the ajacent room. Yikes!
post #126 of 183
Your not the only one... I am/ was a AVDECO dealer for 4 years and walked into m store where i had a show piece and seen glass chunks in the hall way... walked into the room and found glass all over!!! I still find it to this day! My Simaudio amp laying on the Sim preamp and CD player.... it was horrible, got a hold of AVDECO they sent me a new stand and told me it was a feak accident, obviously not!!
post #127 of 183
hate to get off topic a bit but Glass can be very strong load bearing material.....

i have a 240 gallon aquarium (= ~1,900 pounds of water at 8 lbs per gallon) that is built with 1/2 inch think non-tempered glass... add the weight of the sand bottom and stuff in the tank (liverock, fish, etc.) and the weight is ~ 2,620 pounds

folks that is OVER 1 TON of weight on 1/2 inch think GLASS...

no problems... People do it ALL the time in the Aquarium Trade.......

As long as the Aquarium is level and has a strong supporting stand it's fine.....

and by the way tempered glass is no stronger than un-tempered glass... it's a safetly thing and how the glass breaks not a strength thing......

i imagine the problem with the Avdeco stand is a "design" problem with how the rest of the stand supports the Glass...

just my 2 cents....
post #128 of 183
Thread Starter 
By the way, just to update everyone, here is what I replaced it with. I think this should hold up.

post #129 of 183
Wow, Free, that's a really nice unit. I bet it cost big $$$, but your set-up looks very nice. Looks like you got some nice digs too! Glad you were able to resolve your problem, and now you can enjoy your TV!
post #130 of 183
Wow, very 2001-Space-Odyssey like. Looks nice! What is it?
post #131 of 183
Thread Starter 
Thanks guy's, it is the Samsung HP-S6373, and the speakers are Infinity's.
post #132 of 183
Is that a sub on top?

What did you do with the rack now?
post #133 of 183
Thread Starter 
Yeah, that is a Velodyne 15" sub. I wasn't happy with the in wall sub in the lower right.

I ended up giving the Avdeco rack away to a friend. I was sure to tell him not to put anything very heavy on it.
post #134 of 183
Hey free when I looked for the Samsung HP-S6373 I think thats the Plasma in your new rack right? But what is the rack itself ... looks amazing. Whats the name, where did you bought the new wood rack and for what MSRP if you know that?
Or do I mix something up and the rack is from samsung?
post #135 of 183
Thread Starter 
Oh, no... the cabinetry is all custom, built to my specifications by a local cabinet maker. You can't buy it.
post #136 of 183
thats a gorgeous display for your tv.. very very nice!
post #137 of 183
Free you are a lucky guy...no one hurt and no real damage to your components.

I have had a heavy CRT on a Sanus glass stand for years and no issues, but now I am wondering...especially since I just put my new Pioneer on the glass...
post #138 of 183
Argh was aspecting something like that. Man congrats really good taste. WANT ONE TOO
post #139 of 183
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This is a warning about the Avdeco line of plasma and TV stands.

Last fall I purchased an Avedeco HR420 TV stand for my bedroom. This stand runs about $1000, so it is definately not cheap. One of the reasons I chose this stand was that the top shelf had a "stated" capacity of 250lbs. Since I was putting my Panasonic 50PX500U Plasma on it, I wanted to make sure it was solid. Since the Panny was only 114lbs, I figured I had plenty of support for it.

All was fine for many months, and then, just last month, I happened to be sitting in the next room, when I heard a tremendous crash. I thought that a plane had hit my house, and I ran into my bedroom to see what happened.

The top shelf of the Avdeco stand EXPLODED sending shards of glass to every corner of my bedroom. Fortunately for me, I wasn't sleeping at the time, or I would have been hit by flying glass.

Amazingly, my plasma tv, fell straight down, and was resting precariously on the next two shelves. I quickly called my wife in to help me lift it off and to the ground. It is really a miracle that the plasma didn't fall over on its face.





For the last several weeks, I have been calling and e-mailing Avdeco Inc, and the online dealer Threshold Concepts, but have recieved no response, either via e-mail or phone call. It is obvious that both the dealer, and the manufacturer is not interested in any repeat business, or taking care of the customer. I am left with a useless tv stand and am out $1000.

Anyone considering purchasing one of these stands, even a different model, I would strongly caution you to consider a different manufacturer.

as by the looks of it, it seems to me you had to put the thing together yourself, maybe by any chance you think you might have overtightened one of the posts that supports the glass "the top plate thingies that hold the glass down", that over time could have caused "stress" the glass to shatter.
post #140 of 183
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Originally Posted by Free View Post

By the way, just to update everyone, here is what I replaced it with. I think this should hold up.


much nicer than the glass stand, you should be fine for a long time "till the wife decides she wants a new look"
post #141 of 183
Thread Starter 
I suppose it is certainly possible that I overtightened it, but I don't think so. The new one is definitely a step up.
post #142 of 183
Looks awesome, and most importantly, self explosion resistant!
post #143 of 183
Great looking cabinet!! Great job indeed.

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Originally Posted by Free View Post

Oh, no... the cabinetry is all custom, built to my specifications by a local cabinet maker. You can't buy it.

If you dont mind sharing, could you please post the spec? please share the detailed specifications. Or IM me if you chose....

I am in the process, so any ideas you thought after you had it built would be helpful too...

thanks!
post #144 of 183
Thread Starter 
Well.. the specs are to make it fit the space at my house, and the equipment, so I don't think it would do you any good. Just some details about the design.. I wanted to be able to tilt the plasma and speakers so I could be in different seating locations, and have them point directly at me. The speakers will move right or left in those pivoting boxes. The cabinet down below, houses my equipment, and I had heat channels cut, that go up, behind the plasma, venting all the heat out through the top.
post #145 of 183
wow right now i have a wooden stand that is made for a 32" inch tv i used wood glue to put it together cause i knew my 32" crt was a tad heavy 156 lbs and a while back i bought a 60" xbr1 and using it on that tv stand. but lately i was thinking of buying a tv stand a glass one to. i was gonna go pick one up tommorow morning but now im looking at getting something else.

whats funny is in the back of my head i knew glass just wouldnt hold up. if 3/4" wood stand i have now is bent 1/8" on the botom the stand then glass just cant hold it.
post #146 of 183
Gasp...what happened to the 500u?
post #147 of 183
Thread Starter 
The 500u, was moved to my study. It has a very happy home.
post #148 of 183
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The 500u, was moved to my study. It has a very happy home.

Ah, excellent.
They don't make 'em like that anymore.
post #149 of 183
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Originally Posted by sundevil1999 View Post

Great looking cabinet!! Great job indeed.



If you dont mind sharing, could you please post the spec? please share the detailed specifications. Or IM me if you chose....

I am in the process, so any ideas you thought after you had it built would be helpful too...

thanks!

If you are looking for a set of DIY plans for something close to that, then you may want to take a look at this.

Here is what it looks like, and how to order the full set of detailed plans and cut list as a PDF file, for $10.
http://plansnow.com/dn1137.html
http://plansnow.com/dn1137c.html

And here is just the cut list, but for free and with no detailed plans. http://workbenchmagazine.com/main/pd...ertainment.pdf


They also have a updated online interactive material list calculator, that is free. Where you can specify a custom size for the height, width, depth dimensions of the TV you have. And also if you want to build one for a stand mount set, where it will include the sizes needed for the stand, or for a floor standing set like a RPTV without the stand.

http://workbenchmagazine.com/main/wb...ainment01.html
post #150 of 183
Free,

Glad things worked out for you. New look much classier than old.

For those of you looking for "new" solutions check out Diamond Case Designs (diamondcase com). I use their TT-400 with a 46" LCD in my living room and love it. The casters and removable back panels alone have been worth the investment. Others have talked about the same case on this forum.

For what it is worth I know they also build custom furniture too. In fact, I had them build some custom media storage drawers to go inside a niche next to my fireplace (in the same room). The drawers are great as they hold a huge collection of CDs, DVD, and yes I still have a few old family VHS tapes. If anyone is interested I can try to figure out how to put up a picture or two.

G828
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