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Old 10-22-2019, 06:24 PM
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Jullian frebch easel Classic GM

I am a painter and I am currently traveling a lot and also getting more and more interested into plein air. So, I decides to get myself portable studio/home/plein air easel&box so I don't waste time while traveling. I decided to go with french easels, which seem like most convinient option considering I don't paint pochade box small pictures. I first wanted to go with Jacksons french easel (full box), but quicky found out that top brands are Mabef and Jullian. I was at first interested in Jullian classic french easel , but than I run into complaints in reviews and forums about quality eversince Jullian moved its production to China. The more reviews I read, the more I am worried what quality of easel I am going to get. JB45 version is "original", french made, but again, from user reviews (however biased they might be), I got impression that JB45's quality doesn't justify its almost double price. In fact, quite opposite.. I am now totally unsure weather I should expect Classic line to be economy or "quality" version of the easel. So.....what to expect from classic french easel? Is Jb45 worth extra money (which I don't have, but still..)? Should I go for Jacksons easel? Is there third option I am unaware of?
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Old 10-23-2019, 04:46 AM
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Re: Jullian frebch easel Classic GM

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Old 10-23-2019, 12:21 PM
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Re: Jullian frebch easel Classic GM

I have mid 90's models of Julian's full and half boxes that have held up well.
I saw the current production versions of their premium boxes and they didn't look bad from a fit/finish standpoint.
The half box now uses a wooden drawer which greatly reduces it's overall depth but the full size box seems relatively unchanged.

Another option to consider is ebay. I see vintage Julian and Grumbacher (they rebadged the Julian for years) listed frequently that are in great shape.
The halfbox that I have was purchased in new condition via. eBay.

A good application of linseed oil on whichever you buy will benefit the wood long-term.
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