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Dear customers and potential customers.
It has come to my attention that someone in Denver area has copied my rig design and their rig looks just like mine.
The header and leg sections look just like mine, It is even being fabricated by my former fabricator. ( whom I abandoned for a reason)
I do NOT want you to confuse theirs with mine.
Theirs does NOT use stainless steel set screws and stainless steel nuts, as I do, to prevent rusting,
Theirs uses my old fashion way of fastening leg sections together, a system I abandoned for special reasons.
Theirs does NOT use the superior POWDER COAT paint as mine does
which is better at preventing rusting and superior scratch and chip protection..
Theirs does not use Forged high strength eyebolts, ( as near as I can tell).
Theirs is ONLY the Standard strength design and a Heavy Duty version for
performance troupes and big 'drops' is not available.
Theirs only goes to 18 ft and for almost identical cost as my Standard Duty rig, theirs does NOT have the upgraded features.
Please also note,
There is a TRI-POD that is made in Boulder Co. and sold by several outlets on-line.
So far this last year I have had 3 people get rid of that tri-pod and get my rig because that tri-pod had legs and top plate bend while performer did drops. The leg sections appear to use thinner wall thickness material than mine.
Drops can generate in excess of 1500 lbs. shock load. If you do drops, consider stronger rigs.
If you need to know about these 2 rigs, contact me. I will not publish their names.
If my rig is not what you need, I will gladly refer you to top notch rig manufacturers.
MY rig does not need guy wires or stakes into the ground as long as it is NOT used for swinging.
Can be set up on pavement, asphalt , streets, indoors, Grass, Sand(with 2'x2'plywood foot pads) etc.
Can be set up to various height choices determined by how many leg section you chose to put on during set-up.
up to 21 ft high and up to 24 ft in 6" increments with optional extension feet.
Quad rig: Consisting of 4 leg design with of 4ft header, up to four 6ft leg sections per corner.
Comes with: 4 std. feet, chain with 4 clips, set screw, Wrench, and all hardware needed to set up.
Tripod rig: Consisting of 3 leg design with up to four 6ft leg sections per corner.
Comes with: 3 std. feet, chain with 3 clips, set screws, Wrench, and all hardware needed to set up.
Note, since a TRI-POD only has 3 legs vs. 4 legs on a Quad,
a tri-pod rig can only handle 3/4 the load of a Quad rig.
Before you buy mine, or any one
else's rig please check this out.
Aerial equipment and rigging FAQ.
I highly suggest that anyone into aerials or considering purchasing
rigging go to the following web page about rigging best practices.
Learn about rigging before you do it.
Delbert Hall's web page http://www.d2flying.com/
Brett Copes: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fight-or-Flight-Ent/136225323107160 or
consider having him do a presentation at your school for your students and performers.
Recognized Rigging Trainers, offer customized in-depth, hands-on Aerial Performance
Rigging Workshops for aerialists, coaches, facility owners, and circus schools,
as well as for professional riggers.
For information, contact:
Jonathan: email@example.com or Delbert: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set-up is only about 20 minutes, even less once you get good at it.
Great for Single,
Double Trapeze, Fabric, Lyra, Corde Lisse, Limited Spanish Web etc.
NOT for SWINGING trapeze, see following note.
Moderate swinging activities are possible as long as the swing
does NOT go beyond the legs.
The rig can be guyed out using just 2 cables and then will allow for a little more swinging.
Aerial Dance Performers:
This might be your solution to places where you can't use tie down guy wires.
Can be set up to various height by just choosing which and how many leg segments to use.
Header is set up to allow for single point suspension like fabric, and 2 point suspension like a trapeze bar.
The header also has hookup points for safety lines & pulleys, and for equipment hoisting cables and pulleys.
This rig set up at 11.5ft and with 6ft header allows you to have 2 participants on a rig at same time.
Great for setting up in a park, giving your aerial Yoga classes exposure to the public.
INTENT of my rigs.
When I first started making rigs ( about 2001 ) there were very few if any portable rigs available.
The ones that were available were very expensive and cost unjustifiable to the average performer
or someone just wanting a rig to practice on.
These are made by Bobby Bates and Trevor. Both make outstanding rigs and I often refer them
to people for whom my rigs are not the right ones for their application.
My intent was to make a low cost simple rig
for the average aerial enthusiast.
No frills, no exotic materials.
Since then , it turns out, many professional
performers and performing troupes have
started using and preferred my rigs after all.
Because of that, I have changed my designs a little bit to accommodate this with nicer paint jobs, and a few misc. features.
Heavy duty vs. Standard duty rigs
One thing I needed to do was to create a more Heavy Duty rig for the bigger trick and multiple people on it at one time.
The Standard rig and 16ft, (19ft with
extension feet) does well for multiple people, or simple to moderate Drops/Rolls.
The performance troupes and professionals tended to want to be higher up and do the BIGGER drops.
Simple drops, tend to more more of a 'roll' and short distance with SOFT stops and short dead drops. (3-4 ft maybe)
When doing BIG drops that are longer dead drops with sudden STOPS at bottom, they create a BIG shock load.
If you do the BIG tricks and create large
shock loads and want to be at the higher height, like 21ft +
then the Heavy duty rig is highly advised.
For most people the 16ft rig with extension feet ( to 19 ft ) is quite suitable for most performances.
The Quad (4 leg) design vs. a Tripod (3 leg) ,
On the Quad, the user of a single or double trap does not wind up with having one rig leg
right in front of or behind them as is with the tripod, preventing even the smallest of swings.
With the quad, you wind up with 2 legs to one side and 2 legs on other side of you.
A TRIPOD consideration .
Since a TRIPOD only has 3 legs vs. 4 legs,
it can only handle a weight load of 3/4 that of a QUAD rig.
A tripod comes to a relative narrow point at top, about 1 ft across.
This means that as you work high up in the rigs the legs get close together and can interfere with the performance.
Therefore you would tend to have to do you maneuvers several feet below the top, meaning you
might need to get a slightly taller rig for the same performing height as a quad.
Some tripods have large triangular headers to avoid this, but that results in difficulty transporting the tripod header.
Small, easy to transport, longest piece is only 6ft 5inch. click photo for larger view
Entire QUAD rig inside a Subaru Forester or full quad rig, still in shipping boxes, in a Mini Cooper
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I might suggest you check out the freestanding rig manufactured in France at
Unicycle & Circus arts.
Self-standing frame for trapeze
They also sell many different types of Circus Aerials Equipment