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Question about Wenger Risers

My school is looking into purchasing new standing risers, and I noticed
in Wenger's catalog that there is a new (to me) option. The "Flip
Forms" seem like a great idea, but we're wondering how well they will
hold up, how easily they travel, and how difficult it is to store them.

I'm wondering if anyone has either bought the Signature/Tourmaster
(traditional style) risers and wish they had gotten "Flip Forms" or if
they bought "Flip Forms" and wish they had gone the more traditional
route.

If you have any specific experience or advice regarding either style, I
would love to hear from you.

Thanks,
Julian Bryson
Choir Director
Randolph School
Huntsville, AL
jbryson(a)randolphschool.net




on December 9, 2006 4:37am
Our district has flip forms but they are used in the primary and elementary
school. I wouldn't want to put my hulking football players on them. (if
they are the same-they come in colors and they do not collapse in any way-rather
a pre-formed plastic)

Carolyn G. Lokken
Grand Island Senior High School
1100 Ransom Road
Grand Island, New York 14072
716-773-8868
carolynlokken(a)aol.com






on December 9, 2006 1:24pm
At 9:51 PM -0800 12/8/06, Bryson, Julian wrote:
>My school is looking into purchasing new standing risers, and I noticed
>in Wenger's catalog that there is a new (to me) option. The "Flip
>Forms" seem like a great idea, but we're wondering how well they will
>hold up, how easily they travel, and how difficult it is to store them.

Interesting that you find them in the catalog, but they don't seem to
be mentioned on the Wenger website. They list only the Tourmaster
and Signature risers. Could they simply mean that they can be turned
backwards to build a straight middle section of risers?

NO risers are easy to store. You simply have to have dedicated space
to store them. But the Wengers seem about as convenient as any I've
seen. I don't know that your petite high school soprano is going to
turn into a stagehand, but the Sweet Adelines chorus I used to direct
had no problem with them. It's still a dirty job that calls for some
exertion.

John


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on December 9, 2006 1:25pm
I am in love with my Wenger signature standing risers. They provide me with
so much flexibility in my elementary classroom and are incredibly easy to set
up. One of our other elementary schools purchased the flip forms and she now
wishes she had gone with the signature standing risers. Even a visiting
middle school choir teacher loved ours so much she ordered them for her choir
room.

Bill Ghormley
BGhorm(a)aol.com




on December 9, 2006 2:00pm
John Howell wrote:
> Interesting that you find them in the catalog, but they don't seem to
> be mentioned on the Wenger website.

Well, I didn't initially see them on the Wenger website (wengercorp.com)
either, but they're there, if you search for "flipforms" (their proper name is
"flipFORMS"). Here's a link to the main product page:

http://tinyurl.com/tgr5b

It is a bit odd that they don't seem to link directly to the product, either on
their Flash or their HTML sites. Here are links to three different PDF files on
the Wenger site about the flipForms:

http://tinyurl.com/ye86ut

http://tinyurl.com/ya8tw8

http://tinyurl.com/ycy8oa

They look useful for elementary school music rooms, and they look like they'd
be good for show choir use on stage, but to me, these don't look like much of
an alternative to more traditionally-constructed choral risers, in that I
wonder about their sturdiness (mentioned in an earlier response), and about the
necessary storage space vs. traditionally risers. From looking at the online
brochures, they are rectangular, without the angles found in the other
products, and you can't hook/secure them together. Their cost per unit is
almost exactly that of the Tourmaster products, which would take much less room
to store and transport, can be secured together, have the angles necessary for
a "curved" formation, etc.

Peace,
David Topping
dtopping(a)choralnet.org




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