I received one of the prototypes to try. My reaction is "why didn't I have these cases, before". The prototype arrive here in perfect condition and the set up of the case for use took less than 10 seconds.
The case panels are set to the perfect angle for view from table height. I tried using this display at standard table height and from a raised 40 inch high table. While the display case works well at standard height, on a 40 inch table, the tilted angle of the case puts the pens at a perfect angle for viewing.
We use Rubbermaid waterproof boxes to move and store our show materials between shows. This display is a perfect size for these boxes. My measurements indicate that I can put 5 of these displays in one Rubbermaid box and leave room for wrapping in small moving blankets. At 44 pens per box, 5 display boxes will allow us to display 220 pens at once.
Since the "pen pads" are not permanently attached inside display case, this allows for quick "on the fly" display changes while at shows. Additionally, this feature allows removal of one of the pen pads. To us, this is a very important feature. By removing one pad the display doesn't look "goofy" and the display doesn't looked "picked over".
Perhaps the nicest feature is the way that it opens. It opens to the front. This achieves 2 OBJECTIVES. By opening forward, it makes it difficult for small children to open the box. The REAR opening mechanism is too far away for the "little guys" to reach. Secondly the "stay open" lever on the lid allows the demonstrator/ salesman to use both hands to present the pen to the potential customer. This gives the salesperson a chance to demonstrate how to screw open and close a pen, RATHER THAN sitting the pen on the table while the salesman yutzes with a display case.
There is NO QUESTION that this display case was designed and built by someone who has done plenty of pen shows and fully understands the absolute necessity of properly functioning, high-end display cases. Additionally the builder of this display understands the importance of simple and damage free transport and storage and the importance of being able to replace the "pen pads" as they begin to look "show worn".
In looking around for similar high-end displays to show my wares. I have found similar displays ranging in price from $150-250. AND these displays still must be modified to effectively display pens.
This is WITHOUT QUESTION the most "user friendly" and "art show ready" pen display I have seen or used. I WILL BE PURCHASING THESE DISPLAYs!