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The Crane Stand™ (TCS) is the Ultimate Portable DJ Laptop Stand The Crane Stand provides a robust way to elevate your laptop above any flat and stable surface. TCS will raise your laptop to a variety of heights and angles. TCS can accommodate the smallest and largest laptop computer or other weight/size comparable component. Please see weight restrictions for more information. Model Number: CRN-V2.0 Form No. 802009-5 Version A 09-09-09

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Table of Contents 1 General Information....................................................................................................................................... 4 1.1 Introduction.............................................................................................................................................. 4 1.1.1 Specifications................................................................................................................................ 4 1.2 Help With This Manual............................................................................................................................ 5 1.3 About this Manual................................................................................................................................... 5 1.4 Information and Safety Notes................................................................................................................ 5 1.5 Accessories............................................................................................................................................. 5 1.6 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee.............................................................................................................. 5 1.7 The Crane Stand Contact Information.................................................................................................. 6 1.8 Hours of Operation.................................................................................................................................. 6 1.9 Parts Ordering Procedure....................................................................................................................... 6 1.10 Returning The Crane Stand for Repairs.............................................................................................. 7 1.10.1 RMA Numbers............................................................................................................................... 7 1.10.2 Packing and Shipping.................................................................................................................. 7 2 Operation of The Crane Stand...................................................................................................................... 8 2.1 General..................................................................................................................................................... 8 2.2 Operation Procedures............................................................................................................................. 8 2.2.1 Unpacking and Inspection............................................................................................................. 8 2.2.2 Parts Included................................................................................................................................. 8 2.2.3 Positions.......................................................................................................................................... 9 2.2.3.1 Open.................................................................................................................................... 9 2.2.3.2 General Upright.................................................................................................................. 9 2.2.3.3 Upright Flat......................................................................................................................... 9 2.2.3.4 Zigzag.................................................................................................................................. 9 2.2.3.5 Closed................................................................................................................................ 10 2.2.4 Features......................................................................................................................................... 10 2.2.4.1 Aluminum Tensioning Knob............................................................................................ 10 2.2.4.2 Aluminum Cam Lever....................................................................................................... 11 2.2.4.3 Continuous Taper Mating Surface.................................................................................. 11 2.2.4.4 Cam Locator Slot.............................................................................................................. 12 2.2.5 Proper Usage................................................................................................................................. 12 2.2.5.1 When Setting Up.............................................................................................................. 12 2.2.5.2. When Tearing Down........................................................................................................ 13 2.2.6 Warnings........................................................................................................................................ 14 2.2.6.1 Weight Overload............................................................................................................... 14 2.2.6.2 Galling................................................................................................................................ 14 2.2.6.3 Tipping............................................................................................................................... 14 2.2.6.4 Sagging............................................................................................................................. 14 3 Cleaning........................................................................................................................................................ 15 3.1 Introduction............................................................................................................................................ 15 3.2 Aluminum............................................................................................................................................... 15 3.3 Cleaning Procedures............................................................................................................................. 15 4 Limited Lifetime Warranty........................................................................................................................... 16 5 About CRANE................................................................................................................................................ 18 5.1 CRANE Story........................................................................................................................................... 18 5.2 Acknowledgements................................................................................................................................ 18 3


1 General Information • • • • • •

Designed, tested, and engineered by an aeronautical engineer, a fabricator, and a musician Constructed from aircraft grade 6061 aluminum alloy and stainless steel Precision tig welded joints utilizing the latest technologies Each unit is inspected by production management Made in the USA (Washington) Precision CNC machined components

1.1 Introduction Our Continuous Taper Mating Surface coupled with our Aluminum Tensioning Knob and Cam Lever allow the stand to be locked into place easily, while also accounting for an infinite number of positions; truly making this stand the most versatile DJ laptop stand in the industry. The Crane Stand’s unique three-legged design allows you to slide the stand underneath the turntable, mixer, or any other equipment you might use. This lets you position your laptop exactly where you need it and allows for more workspace.

1.1.1 Specifications Weight: ~ 2.8 lbs

Size When Folded: 12.6180 x 13.1680 x 1.2277 inches

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1.2 Help with this Manual For the makers of the Crane Stand, customer service is the highest priority. If for any reason you have any questions that are or are not covered in this manual please feel free to email, or call us. See the Contact Information section of this manual.

1.3 About this Manual Every attempt has been made to ensure that the information in this manual is correct and complete. We always welcome our customers’ suggestions for improvements to our products and associated publications.

1.4 Information and Safety Notes Throughout this manual you will find text under the headings NOTE: and CAUTION: Under NOTE: headings, you will be given additional information pertinent to the subject discussed in that paragraph or step. Example: NOTE: Ignoring either of these cautions will void the warranty and could result in damage to The Crane Stand or gear. Under CAUTION: headings, you will be alerted to potentially hazardous conditions which, if ignored or mishandled, could result in damage to the equipment or your Crane Stand. Example: CAUTION: NEVER attempt to adjust any component position without first unlocking the Cam Lever as mentioned in the Features portion of this document. To unlock, please follow the instructions noted in the Aluminum Cam Lever section.

1.5 Accessories Coming SOON!

1.6 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee If for any reason you are not happy with The Crane Stand within 30 days of your purchase, you may return it for a full refund.

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NOTE: The refund does not include any additional shipping cost incurred nor does it cover any return shipping fees. NOTE: If The Crane Stand is returned with significant damage including scratches, galled parts, nicks, dings, dents, or otherwise used condition, there will be a re-stock fee applied. If the stand is not in acceptable usable condition, there will not be a refund applied and the unit will be sent back to the customer shipping collect.

1.7 The Crane Stand Contact Information Email: Info@cranehardware.com Website: www.thecranestand.com Customer Service: 1-866-581-4522

1.8 Hours of Operation In order to provide superior customer service The Crane Stand is open for all callers between the hours of 7am and 7pm PST.

1.9 Parts Ordering Procedure You can order new equipment, accessories, and/or replacement parts directly through TCS customer service or an authorized Crane Stand dealer. You can order directly by mail, telephone, or fax. Refer to TCS Contact Information above for address, telephone, and fax numbers. When ordering, please provide the following information: Your name Company name Telephone number Fax number E-mail address Shipping address Billing address (if different from shipping address) Names, part numbers, and quantities of items being ordered Credit card number and expiration date, or other payment information Preferred method of shipment Information on whether the items are required on a normal or urgent basis

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1.10 Returning The Crane Stand for Repairs 1.10.1 RMA Numbers If your folding table should require return to SSCI for repairs, discuss the problem with one of our Customer Service representatives. Obtain an RMA number (Return Merchandise Authorization) from them before shipping the unit back. Note: Merchandise returned without an RMA number will not be accepted.

1.10.2 Packing and Shipping The Crane Stand can be shipped in the US by using the USPS flat rate shipping container. For more information on flat rate shipping, please contact the USPS. Ship documentation with the table including: Destination RMA Number Your name, company, and address Your telephone number A description of the reason for returning the table

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2 Operation of The Crane Stand 2.1 General This section guides you in operating The Crane Stand. If you should require additional assistance, please feel free to call TCS customer service at.

2.2 Operation Procedures 2.2.1 Unpacking and Inspection If the shipping container appears damaged in any way, contact the shipping company immediately. Save all damaged packing materials to assist in proving liability for damage. Carefully inspect your Crane Stand while you unpack it. If any damage is noted, or if parts appear to be missing, call TCS Customer Service at 1-866-581-4522.

2.2.2 Parts Included Now that you have unpacked your Crane Stand, take a moment to familiarize yourself with your new Crane Stand and all of the components.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

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QTY

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KNOB ASSEMBLY 2

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RISER ASSEMBLY 2

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TRAY ASSEMBLY

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LEG ASSEMBLY

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CAM ASSEMBLY

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ROD TOP

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ROD BOTTOM

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2.2.3 Positions CAUTION: NEVER attempt to adjust any component position without first unlocking the Cam Lever as mentioned in the Features portion of this document. To unlock, please follow the instructions noted in the Aluminum Cam Lever section. CAUTION: NEVER unlock the Cam Lever or attempt to adjust position while your gear is on the stand. NOTE: Ignoring either of these cautions will void the warranty and could result in damage to The Crane Stand or gear. 2.2.3.1 Open The Crane Stand offers an unlimited combination of angle settings giving the user absolute freedom to achieve comfort and reliability. NOTE: KNOW YOUR PRODUCT. It is incredibly important to take a few minutes to find the desired position. We recommend trying all standard call-out positions at least once. After you have found the desired position, we recommend practicing the adjustment procedure mentioned later in this manual. 2.2.3.2 General Upright The General Upright position is the standard position that we recommend for most laptops and other equipment.

2.2.3.3 Upright Flat The Upright Flat position is highly suitable for projectors. You may also find other components that will be more stable in this position. 2.2.3.4 Zigzag The zigzag position is the most stable position available due to its lower center of gravity and weight distribution. We recommend this position any time you do not need a great level of access beneath the tray. This is also the desired position when supporting heavier gear. 9


2.2.3.5 Closed This is the position suitable for storage and travel.

2.2.4 Features The Crane Stand is a revolutionary laptop stand due to it’s unique CAM LOCKING MECHANISM. Using the power of friction and force, The Crane Stand is able to lock in to an infinite combination of positions without the use of loose or makeshift fastening devices. 2.2.4.1 Aluminum Tensioning Knob The tensioning knob is used to adjust the cam pressure so desired clamping forces can be achieved. To adjust tensioning knob: Rotate clockwise to increase clamping pressure. Rotate counter-clockwise to decrease clamping pressure. (remember: righty-tighty/lefty-loosy)

CAUTION: DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE TENSIONING KNOB. Refer to proper usage.

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2.2.4.2 Aluminum Cam Lever The Crane Stand uses an aluminum cam lever to generate the compressive forces necessary to lock the leg and tray in their desired positions. The lever is manufactured from 6061 high-grade aluminum with a stainless steel pivot pin and guide pin. The Cam Lever has two positions: Lock - shown below. Open - is achieved when the lever is rotated out and away from The Crane Stand.

2.2.4.3 Continuous Taper Mating Surface The continuous tapered mating surface provides the clamping surface area required to prevent rotation of leg and tray relative to the riser tubes, when in use with a laptop computer or other appropriate equipment. CAUTION: Damage to this surface may occur if previous cautions and/or notes are ignored. CAUTION: NEVER attempt to adjust any component position without first unlocking the Cam Lever as mentioned in the Features portion of this document. To unlock, please follow the instructions noted in the aluminum Cam Lever section. CAUTION: NEVER unlock Cam Lever or attempt to adjust position while your gear is on the stand. NOTE: Ignoring either of these cautions will void the warranty and could result in damage to Crane Stand or gear.

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2.2.4.4 Cam Locator Slot The vertical cam locator slot keeps the cam handle from rotating while adjusting the Tensioning Knob.

2.2.5 Proper Usage This section pertains to the recommended usage of The Crane Stand. This process is quick and easy after your first few uses of The Crane Stand. 2.2.5.1 When Setting Up Step 1: Release both Cam Locks by rotating out and away from The Stand. Step 2: Make sure both tray and leg rotate freely. NOTE: If they do not rotate freely, immediately reduce clamping pressure by rotating Tensioning Knob counterclockwise.

Step 3: Lift your Crane Stand to initial desired position. Step 4: Set initial tension by rotating the Tensioning Knob clockwise. NOTE: Do not over tighten. Finger-tight should be more than sufficient. 12


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Step 5: Return Cam Lock to the locked position. Now that your Crane Stand is standing up on its own, check tray and leg for stability and load tolerance by gently applying weight to the tray. CAUTION: Do not force the tray down or the leg up during this procedure! NOTE: If desired load capability is not met after this test, unlock the Cam Lever and add more pressure to the Tensioning Knob by rotating clockwise. NOTE: Adjust the Tensioning Knob in small increments. CAUTION: If Cam Lever will not rotate into locked position, do not force it; simply loosen Tensioning Knob slightly and recheck. Step Six: You are now ready to test your gear on top of The Crane Stand. Gently place object on top of The Crane Stand, as shown, watching for any sagging. NOTE: If you experience sagging, follow step four through six.

2.2.5.2 When Tearing Down Step 1: Remove gear from The Crane Stand. Step 2: Release both Cam Levers as previously described.

Step 3: Fold the Crane Stand back to the closed position, and return Cam Levers to locked position.

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2.2.6 Warnings 2.2.6.1 Weight Overload Do not exceed the Weight Load Limitations. 2.2.6.2 Galling Galling of the Continuous Taper Mating Surface will occur if previous cautions are ignored. 2.2.6.3 Tipping We feel that The Crane Stand is the most stable free-standing, mobile stand available, due to its ability to adjust. With that ability comes a certain level of risk of tipping, due to over adjustments of the angles of both tray and risers. The Crane Stand was designed to be stable in the manufacturers suggested positions shown in the Positions section. The Crane Stand has the potential to tip back or forward if the center of gravity is too far skewed back or forward. We recommend after placing your gear on top of The Crane Stand that you check not only for tensioning pressure, but also stability. 2.2.6.4 Sagging Sagging can occur when the weight load exceeds the proper tension setting. If you experience sagging, follow step four through six in the Proper Usage section.

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3 Cleaning 3.1 Introduction You will no doubt want to clean your Crane Stand whenever it becomes dirty. Here are some steps and helpful hints on how to properly clean The Crane Stand.

3.2 Aluminum Aluminum is the most suitable, corrosion resistant alloy for The Crane Stand. It is necessary to clean aluminum from time to time to prevent oxidizing.

3.3 Cleaning Procedures Whenever necessary, rinse The Crane Stand with clear water and dry thoroughly with clean, soft cloths. Ordinary deposits of dirt and fluids can usually be removed with soap and water. Stubborn deposits may require scrubbing with nylon or plastic scrubbers and/or with the use of commercial cleaning products. Always scrub in the direction of the “grain� of the metal. Rinse with clear water and dry thoroughly with clean, soft cloths. Minor scale build-up and some hard water spotting may be removed by washing with vinegar, followed by a neutralizing rinse of clear water and a thorough drying with clean, soft cloths. For heavy deposits of scale, 5% oxalic acid (use warm), 5-15% sulfamic acid, or 5-10% phosphoric acid may be used. As always, rinse with clear water and dry thoroughly with clean soft cloths. Avoid prolonged use of chlorides (such as chlorine bleach), bromides, iodides, and thiocyanates. Never allow salty solutions to dry on the stainless steel or aluminum. CAUTION: The warranty for this product is void if the care and cleaning instructions provided in this manual are not followed.

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4 Limited Lifetime Warranty WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CUSTOMER SATISFACTION. The Crane Stand Warranty is a statement of confidence to our customers in the reliability of Crane products. Crane Stands are designed and manufactured according to the highest standards in quality, style, appearance, and performance. This warranty reflects a commitment of excellence and a proof of superior engineering and craftsmanship dedicated to you, the customer. The Crane warranty is our pledge to you that we will proudly stand behind our product for as long as you own it. WARRANTY COVERAGE/WARRANTY PERIOD: General: The Crane Hardware Stands, except as noted herein, purchased from an authorized Crane dealer are warranted to the original retail purchase and shall be valid by item as indicated below and is not transferable. The Crane Stand - WARRANTY: Crane warrants all material and welds included in the original product for a lifetime. This is limited to the craftsmanship of the welds and the integrity of the aluminum and steel. Normal wear and tear, including but not limited to wearing of the rubber components, wearing of the cam locking mechanism, and wearing of the compression surface, is not covered by TCS’s standard warranty. Crane will, at its option, either repair or replace any Crane Stand purchased from June 15, 2009 that proves defective by reason of improper workmanship or materials. Replacement of Crane Stands is on an exchange basis and will be either new or refurbished for the exact model under warranty. This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear or any damage to this product that results from improper installation, accident, abuse, misuse, natural disaster, repair, or modification. This warranty also does not apply to any product on which the original identification information has been altered, obliterated or removed, has not been handled or packaged correctly, has been sold as second-hand, or has been resold contrary to the US export regulations. As a condition to the obligation of Crane to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to the original authorized Crane dealer where purchased together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Crane. The warranty applies to the original purchaser and is non transferable. All freight to and from Crane is to be paid by the customer. GENERAL CONDITIONS OF WARRANTY This Warranty Does Not Cover: This warranty shall not apply to Crane Stands that have been damaged resulting from misuse, negligence, and/or alterations or additions to the product after acceptance. Crane’s warranty does not apply to failures caused by the following: • Improper maintenance or repair, including the installation of parts or components that do not conform to the quality and specification of the original.

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• Crane Stands that have been altered modified or have been damaged through misuse, negligence or improper operation. • Crane stands whose trademark, name, or identification number has been changed or removed. • Crane Stands subjected to abnormal strain, neglect, abuse, modification, or exposure to extreme variances in temperature or humidity. • Special Finishes. Crane Stands ordered with Black Chrome plated, Gold plated, Satin Chrome plated, Black Nickel plated, and lacquered finishes are highly sensitive to cosmetic damage that can occur during normal handling and use. Therefore, no warranty of any kind, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, is provided against cosmetic defects or appearance damage to these finishes. Oxidizing of any alloy on The Crane Stand is not covered under this warranty. The obligation created by this warranty is limited to repair or replacement of the defective item at Crane’s sole discretion. Owner’s Responsibility: It is important that the owner/user be familiar with the proper maintenance and use of their Crane Stand. Keep this warranty and proof of purchase in a safe place. Be prepared to provide purchase information to avoid undue difficulties in determining eligibility for warranty protection. If any service is not performed by Crane, it will terminate this warranty. To Obtain Warranty Service: Warranty service may be obtained by first notifying the Crane dealer from which the product was originally purchased. Upon notification, the Crane dealer must obtain return authorization number from the Crane customer service department. This number must be written plainly on the outside of the package or the returned shipping carton will be refused. Returned merchandise must be accompanied by a copy of the original sales receipt. All freight and insurance must be prepaid by the original owner. Crane will stand return freight, provided the defect is adjudged to be covered by warranty. Merchandise found to be not covered by warranty will be returned freight collect. Warranty Limitations: This Limited Warranty is exclusive and made in lieu of all other warranties, and all implied warranties, including without limitation any warranties of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose which are hereby expressly disclaimed. In no event will responsibility be accepted for incidental or consequential damages of any nature whatsoever. Some states do not allow limitation on how long an implied warranty may last. Therefore, the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Note: This WARRANTY applies to the United States only and may vary in other countries.

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5 About CRANE The CRANE crew is a collective of designers, musicians, artists, engineers, and innovators. Our main objective is to offer the highest quality laptop stand with a user friendly design. We make our stand right here, in Seattle, WA, using high grade aluminum and utilizing sustainable manufacturing practices.

5.1 CRANE Story The story of The Crane Stand began on a bar napkin in the SoDo district of Seattle, when in March of 2007 Garett Fitzpatrick and Rob Noble were chatting over a beer about the lack of quality laptop stands on the market. Soon the napkin was filled with sketches of ideas and they called a good friend, Morgan Featherston, a master welder and craftsman who began working on mockups of what was to become The Crane Stand. The very first Crane Stand was built out of powder-coated steel with the help of an aeronautical engineer and designer Brandon Wilke. The Stand was first released at Decibel Festival 2008 in Seattle and received an overwhelmingly positive response from the music community, which led to mass production and a private label deal with Moog, a large Canadian dealer. After considering constructive feedback from the electronic arts community, The Crane Stand V.2 was released at Decibel Festival 2009. The good-looking, lightweight aluminum Crane Stand V.2 can slide under a mixer, adjust to infinite positions and has no loose pieces to misplace. Manufactured in-house from scratch, The Crane Stand is now the most versatile, portable and well-built laptop stand on the market. Most bar napkin dreams never leave the table, but the CRANE crew made theirs happen and is still pushing forward product developments, including the release of a line of accessories in 2010. Most importantly, Crane continues to offer the highest quality product with the most efficient and sustainable practices as well as a profound commitment to customer service. We hope you enjoy your Crane Stand as much as we have enjoyed the ride.

5.2 Acknowledgements CRANE would like to thank the many supporters whose invaluable contributions, constructive criticism and strong support helped the company become what it is today. A special thank you to Zach Stone and Mike May of the Rane Corporation, Mike Hurley, Michael Manahan, Dean’s Specialty Welding, friends, family, and most of all you: the customer, for playing an integral role in the success of The Crane Stand. Thank you, The CRANE Crew 18


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