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This durable A-frame easel is an excellent choice for college art studios and for the beginning artist. Built from electrically welded square steel tubing (1" and 1¼"), the Collegiate Easel is stable, rigid, and virtually indestructable.
The mast extends to hold any painting up to 96" at the desired tilt angle, with an upperclamp to securely hold the canvas in place. The canvas tray quickly adjusts to any position, and effortlessly locks into place.
Storage is easy! The Klopfenstein Collegiate Easel folds to a compact 5" (13 cm) thick.
Optional Easel Tray
Heavy-duty 14-gauge steel tray keeps your supplies easily accessible. It attaches instantly and securely to your Klopfentein easel. No assembly is required. Measures 1½"H × 20"L × 4"W (4 cm × 51 cm × 10 cm).
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Best easel I have ever used
By Miz Bee
from Silver Spring, MD
Comments about Klopfenstein Collegiate Steel Easel:
I use this easel in my home studio. I love its small footprint, making it easy to position in a small space. It is super stable and while it is heavy I can move it around on felt pads with ease. I did make a slight change in the adjustment levers by replacing those that adjust the height of the canvas with stainless steel knobs which are easier for me to use. I kept the lever handle on the tilt adjustment as I rarely change the tilt. This is the best easel I have ever owned, I only wish I had gotten it before my pricey wooden ones. Look no farther,this is the one and worth every penny and I expect it will last a lifetime.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from New Hope
Started using these in school and now addicted to them. They are sturdy and heavy and don't move at all when painting. They hold everything from a small to huge canvas. Put two side by side for your largest pieces.
Light weight but solid.
from Dallas, TX
Great construction and a solid platform. There are only 3 levers to adjust for tightness so it's easy to setup or put away. Reminds me of the easels I used at college: basic and built to last 100 years.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Crow man
I have used "Best" wooden easel twice for school easels and they do not hold up. I decided to try this easel because it was steel. I was very happy with the quality and construction. These should last for years. The only potential issue could be students loosing the fasteners. They are also heavy.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
My Favorite Easel, not for everyone.
from Toledo, Ohio
I teach with this easel and have seen it in two different schools across the U.S. It folds up wonderfully, and is sturdy enough to handle incredible weight. It's width is a bit skinny, however, and two easels are better than one for overly wide paintings. One drawback about the easel is that you really have to take care when loosening and adjusting the top and bottom bars. Students/professionals that are use to wooden easels might be caught off guard by it suddenly dropping. Basically, when tight, it either grips the steel or it doesn't, there is no 'loose' in between area when tightening, so it requires a firm hand.As well, I bought several 'C' clamps to fasten my stretchers to the bar because it doesn't grip the painting supports well. Unbraced panels have a tendency to fly off or fall off when students get in the moment. I have a friend who absolutely hates this easel, but if I had the money I would buy 3 or 4 of them. So you can see it's not for everyone.However, it's ability to fold up and tuck away is wonderful, and I can't see the thing ever wearing out with how heavy and solid the gauge of steel is used here. (These easels are significantly heavy for their size.) The alternative H-frame easel made by Klopfenstein, the Spectrum KS100, I find cumbersome and ineffective with the adjusting squeeze mechanism on the bottom--I've also seen it used in several different classrooms and schools. And the one with several hooks on the bottom, the PE 100, is very rarely used and sits in the corner.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Stable, durable, value.
from Tucson, AZ
I've used this easel for several years and am confident it will last forever. Heavy steel construction allows for large canvases and simple design makes adjustments easy. Really great product, I'm very satisfied.
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