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Brass Railings 13 Jan 2005 09:47 #28740

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Are there different types (qualities) of brass and if so what is the best? And can any of you recommend a reliable source to order from? I have to replace some of the railings that trim our balcony.
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Re: Brass Railings 13 Jan 2005 14:34 #28741

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I typed 'brass railings' into www.google.com and got 68,000 responses (though many of these were for just BRASS or RAILINGS)! You could probably go with most any of these firms, but your local Yellow Pages under RAILINGS may have a local craftsman who has even done this for a theatre. And yes, there are different gauges of brass to consider, but in a theatre where there is heavy use, it might be best to make sure that the supplier can supply brass covered steel pipe since brass alone will never support a hefty patron falling against a thin brass tube, and brass is brittle by nature. If you know of a theatre where you admire the railings work, ask the manager if he knows who did the work, but don’t expect the super quality of the 1920s movie palaces; even if you could find someone that experienced, you couldn't afford such material and work today!

And if prices quoted make your heart stop, consider that many palaces just put in steel pipes and then COVERED them with sleeves and possibly also skirts to hang down to the floor. This can add a note of luxury to your place if the fabric is fire retardant or FLAME PROOFED, and these days it can be removed easily by means of Velcro for washing, assuming your patrons will not thus remove it themselves! Any local drapery maker should be able to run up such covers easily for much less than the price of brass.

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Re: Brass Railings 14 Jan 2005 00:35 #28742

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Check out LAWRENCE METAL PRODUCTS COMPANY. They make the posts and ropes that most of us use in our theatres. They also have a complete selection of brass railings. Their phone number is 800-441-0019 or 516-666-0300 and their fax is 516-666-0336. To see what they have go to their website at www.lawrencemetal.com or e-mail them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Check them out.
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Re: Brass Railings 14 Jan 2005 13:36 #28743

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We used Lawerence but needed just a bit another time and we bought some from Superior Products the restaurant supplier and it's the same stuff.

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