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Old 12-17-2003, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

I am opening a ladies only fitness center in Stuart Florida and want to put 2 stand up booths in it. I have been looking at the Sundome XL 48 at $7,499.00 new and $4,500.00 used. I obviously need to do a lot more research but was looking for some advise from some professionals who know what they are talking about! Please can you tell me honestly what you think about this model and maybe recommend something better for around the same price? I have also heard about the cosmolux bulbs (?) does this make any difference?

Well thats about it for now, any response is greatly appreciated also any offers from people selling booths!

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Old 12-18-2003, 01:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have 2 of the Sundome XL and I am satisfied with their performance. On this site you will find a lot of people who don't like ETS beds, but I am not one of those people. I myself own 12 ETS beds and I haven't had any problems yet. But most importantly do your own research and find out what works best for you. As far as buying one used - ask questions: how old is the bed, how many hours are on it, why are they getting rid of it or is it a repo, can you trust the person you are getting it from or does it come with some kind of warranty. Just a note, I have several customers that come to the salon after going to the gym and they prefer to lay down in the Sunstar 32(which is a 20 min. bed). They say that it feels good to lay down after working out - it's just something to consider and the Sunstar beds are around $5500.00 each, depending on who you get them from. Good luck with whatever you decide...
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I agree that if you have the space a bed might be a better option than a stand-up. I started my salon 4 years ago with ETS beds. I didn't research as much as I should have and assumed beds were all about the same since ETS was all the salons around here had at that time. They made it through 3 seasons before I replaced them. The only ETS I still have is my Sundome. It gets less use and still looks and works okay. My experience with the beds was that, while they tanned okay, the plastic exterior yellowed, trim strips cracked, fans quit working often and end caps popped off. After I replaced them this past season, I couldn't believe how much sturdier other beds were by comparison. You gotta do what you gotta do and, as you will see here, people have various experiences. I would not go with ETS again not only because of quality but for they way they do not support salon owners after the sale. Good Luck on your decision.

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Old 12-18-2003, 07:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you are having a problem with yellowing that is all due to the beds being ETS brand. My friend has those in her salon and they both yellowed the first season. Her beds look so bad now. The salon where I work has Sunliner beds and they are GREAT!! They are ALL METAL construction and we are going into our 2nd season with the 1st being very busy and none of our beds have any yellow on them. I would go with beds and I would buy Sunliners. They are here in Georgia @ TanSystems. Here is the # 1-800-999-8266 and ask for Lisa Price. Their booths are the Sunrise 7000 and 8000 if you would like to get a price on theirs. I would stick with beds though.
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As far as a stand up. I just got a suncapsule. I Love it! It also comes standard with an attached dressing room. Sundomes get VERY hot. The suncapsule is a sweat free tan. But I do agree with the others that after a work out a lay down might be better.
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Old 12-22-2003, 05:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Industry stats; less than 10% of the people who tan regularly, chose a standup..if you have the room, get 2/30-32 100w lampers, and 1/VHR 40+ lamps
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