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NAncy can you get Selects from your distributor? If not you can ask them what subs work. My distributor does that for me when they are out of the color I'm looking for. The few times they have been way off they were willing to take the boards back, and once UPSed me the right color (after I complained to my rep!) Reps are great! Use them.
Yes, Bob, I can get the Selects from my distrbutors. It is my fault that I don't have the samples. I work too much in a vacumn sometimes. I was not aware that the Selects came in a complete line. I do have some of the Select samples with patterns.
What really made me ask the question was that I want to find a crisper board. I want to cut 13 openings in 5x7 (yes, 5x7) mats and I need a little more stability than the cotton mat provides. I did my sample on a Cresent Museum Foliage board, beautiful, but a little too delicate.
My original business license is dated 1989 and I've yet to see a matboard rep..
Walt, I go to Atlanta every three years or so. The last time in 2003. I'm going to try to go back in 2005.
Cresent has always been very generous with mat samples, and I got new ones from the 2003 show. I thought I received everything they carry. Somehow, the Selects were missed except for a few special ones.
I just meant a rep has not stopped to see me personally. But I'm sure one would if I asked.
My distributors are good to me. It is no ones fault but my own when something gets by me.
I think the matboard reps work more with distributors than with small shops. I always get my new mat samples from a distributor or the sales rep for the distributor sends my name in to get them sent direct to me. The matboard companines depend on the distributors to get those samples out to us. I have me the matboard reps at various trade shows like Decor or the open house that many distributors have in the spring or the fall.