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  • The Mabef Lyre Convertible Easel is an amazingly versatile easel for artists working in a myriad of media. Its light and leggy construction allows adjustment to suit your personal style, whether you prefer working vertically or horizontally. Crafted with care in Italy from stain resistant oiled Beechwood. In its horizontal position it can hold canvases up to 39" and stands 36" high. In its vertical position it has 15° of inclination.

    The Mabef Deluxe Convertible Easel is crafted from oiled Beechwood; this easel accepts both vertically and horizontally positioned canvases. What's more, the artist can lock the easel in any position between vertical and horizontal, allowing for angle selection based on personal style. The easel's sturdy base has four lockable casters and is fitted with a storage area below the canvas ledge for tools, brushes and paints.

  • The MABEF M18 Convertible Studio Easel is made out of light weight, durable, stain-resistant oiled beech wood. This versatile easel adjusts to accept both vertically and horizontally positioned canvases. The easel is 70in. tall and can hold canvases up to 88.5in. The sturdy base is secured to the floor with 4 lockable casters and leveling bolts. Storage below the canvas ledge holds tools, brushes and paints.

    I like the Item #42638 / Utrecht Artist's Convertible Easel. The greatest advantage for me is the option to swing the easel / canvas from vertical to horizontal quickly. I find this feature to be very practical for application of glaze and washes. The easel is designed to accept larger supports- so you do need more room than most basic A/ H frame easels. The materials used are excellent / quality. However, the design of the base allows for a small degree of lateral wobble / sway. This appears to be caused by the higher weight of vertical H-frame than the supporting base. While painting this issue has not caused any problems. Again as the other review stated, it may be more of a concern related to the potential for premature damage/ weakness of the structure. Only time will tell. If you visit this review in 5 years maybe I will have posted an update! :) Also, my box did not include any assembly instructions. However, most of the assembly is related to attaching the base to the H-frame, and it was mostly straight-forward. Overall I am very happy with the product, and I would buy it again.

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    10-15-2004, 02:07 PM
    Khadres
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    Re: convertible easels

    I agree about that, Bret. My Dulce (an H-frame) does tilt forward enough to facilitate dust clearance...I definitely needed that with the dusties. Mine goes up to far higher than I'll ever need, but it also lowers plenty to clear even the lower family room cieling, so I'm fine with it. I like it's stability and the only drawback I have with it is that the oak it's made of is so HARD I can't even begin to thumbtack anything to the uprights, having to use tape instead! I did order rollers for it when I bought it and this makes it easy easy to move around, but PORTABLE it ain't!
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    10-15-2004, 06:01 AM
    Bret
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    Re: convertible easels

    Linda,

    I have the WN Hamilton and have nothing but good to say about it. I have short ceilings and so wanted an easel without that tall center mast. I also do watercolor, oil, and pastel, so wanted something that was very adaptable.

    Deborah mentioned that a convertible easel isn't necessary unless you are going to do watercolor. This is true, but I have a slightly different perspective. Convertible easels--at least those I have looked at--don't only allow the surface to be tilted down flat, but to be tilted forward beyond vertical as well. This is something pastelists generally prefer. A-frame type easels don't seem well suited to pastel in my opinion for this reason. Their architecture demands that the painting surface will always be tilted somewhat back; we would rather have our surface fairly vertical or even with a slight forward tilt. This is easily done with the Hamilton.

    Hope this helps,
    Bret

    I like the Item #42638 / Utrecht Artist's Convertible Easel. The greatest advantage for me is the option to swing the easel / canvas from vertical to horizontal quickly. I find this feature to be very practical for application of glaze and washes. The easel is designed to accept larger supports- so you do need more room than most basic A/ H frame easels. The materials used are excellent / quality. However, the design of the base allows for a small degree of lateral wobble / sway. This appears to be caused by the higher weight of vertical H-frame than the supporting base. While painting this issue has not caused any problems. Again as the other review stated, it may be more of a concern related to the potential for premature damage/ weakness of the structure. Only time will tell. If you visit this review in 5 years maybe I will have posted an update! :) Also, my box did not include any assembly instructions. However, most of the assembly is related to attaching the base to the H-frame, and it was mostly straight-forward. Overall I am very happy with the product, and I would buy it again.

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I notice you're looking at convertible easels. Are you a watercolorist? If so, this is needed. As a pastelist it isn't. Mine is metal and I never adjust it forward or backward, just up and down. If I had it to do over again (and I may soon do that) I'd get an easel that could hold lamps overhead easily, one that was lightweight so I could swing it around to see things from a distance (something you may not do), and one that was easily repaired--parts readily available, such as knobs, springs, etc.