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Testrite's #500 Studio Easel is highly functional, lightweight, and very stable. No tools are needed for set up.
Arms under the 21" (53 cm) wide tray swing out to support a palette. The easel can accommodate canvases up to 48" (122 cm) high.
The easel is 69" (175 cm) high, but measures only 52" (132 cm) when folded flat, and it only weighs 7½ lb (3.4 kg).
Testrite Easel Extension
Slips on top of the Testrite #500 Studio Easel to accommodate larger canvases. Locks into place and extends the easel up to 12" (30.5 cm) higher. Aluminum.
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light and sturdy
from Upstate New York
Comments about Testrite #500 Aluminum Easel:
I hurt my back early this summer and thought I would have to give up my plein air work for the season. Lugging my heavy easel and equipment was out of the question. I ordered this aluminum easel which is light as a feather and just as sturdy as my heavy wood one ... plus much easier to set up. I probably will continue to use it after my back injury has healed.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Dallas, Tx
It was easy to put together. The price was good. It's light weight and can be transported easily. I am a college art student and this will do perfectly!
from cleveland, OH
Buy the extension at the same time - you will need it.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I would strongly suggest attaining the extension at the same time. If one stands and paints the extension is needed to provide enough height even for a 30" or 36" canvas.
By Pastel girl
This is a great, solid, light weight easle. I do a lot of pastels and being able to adjust the angle is important. I use this easle for a group I paint with every week, it folds flat and stores easily the closet and is light weight enough to take home if needed.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Sturdy, light weight, simple to use
I bought this easel for my 11 year old, after inquiring with his summer camp art teacher for a recommendation. She's right that it's quite light weight, sturdy, durable, simple & easy to use, and takes up minimal space. The height of this easel is tall and I realized, after assembling it, the 12" extension I also bought, is not necessary (unless you're quite tall). Overall, I'm pretty happy with this purchase.
By Diane D
from Maricopa, Arizona
This easel was a Christmas gift for my husband. It's exactly what he wanted. We were using the same one in our art class and it is light weight unlike my wooden one. It is very easy to use and when you change height it locks easily unlike my old wooden one. It was a great buy and an excellent product.
Lightweight and Tall Enough
from Redondo Beach
For taller artists who visit drawing/painting workshops, the Testrite #500 Aluminum Easel with a 12" extension is an easily portable, stable support.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
two in studio
Have two in studio, for over 30 years. Schools I teach at have these same easels. They get beat around by students and still work. The extension comes in handy, since I often work very large. I have even taken it out Plein Air, especially on windy days.
Had mine for 30 years
VERY long lived investment. I have mine from when the company was called Stanrite. Still use it to paint on. It's lightweight, sturdy, and holds a canvas securely. You can not go wrong with this as a studio or field easel.
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