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Vibroplex Nameplate - Cheap, Silkscreened, and Flimsy

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  • k4oso
    Have you bought a new Vibroplex lately? Well, my xyl, bless her heart, bought me a new, shiny Vibroplex Iambic Deluxe for my birthday a few days ago. Nice
    Message 1 of 6 , Jun 17, 2010
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      Have you bought a new Vibroplex lately?
      Well, my xyl, bless her heart, bought me a new, shiny Vibroplex Iambic Deluxe for my birthday a few days ago. Nice key. BUT, I'm sending it back to HRO. Why? There is no Vibroplex embossed brass nameplate, as we've come to know it, on my key. Instead, there is the cheesiest, thin, flat, silkscreened (painted) label with a punched serial number.
      I could not believe my eyes!! So, I called Scott Robbins (new Vibroplex owner) and told him how dissappointed I was and pointed out that his website still shows fine photos of the various Vibroplex keys with their traditional embossed brass nameplates.
      His excuse for the change? -- he has not been able to find anyone to produce the embossed brass labels, or the numbering! Perhaps the guys who did it for Mitch retired when he did??
      I reminded Scott of the "Vibroplex collectibility" pitch in his literature. I, frankly, don't see my new key with its cheesy printed label, EVER being collectible. I asked Scott if all Vibros would be sporting the new painted label, to which he replied "yes".
      With my xyl's kind permission, we will be travelling to HRO on Saturday to return my key and trade for something "nicer".
      Guys and gals, your old Vibroplex keys (bugs, straights, or paddles) just became a lot more valuable.
      Looks like the end of an era has come.
      I can't believe Scott is proud to own production of this sorry excuse for a "Vibroplex".
      73, Milt k4oso
    • andy_kd4ukw
      Milt, It sounds as if you have a TRUE collectible... one of the very few Vibroplexes ever produced without a brass nameplate! That makes it practically
      Message 2 of 6 , Jun 17, 2010
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        Milt,

        It sounds as if you have a TRUE collectible... one of the very few Vibroplexes ever produced without a brass nameplate! That makes it practically unique, even though you don't like the cheapening of the product.

        Andy KD4UKW


        --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, "k4oso" <k4oso@...> wrote:
        >
        > Have you bought a new Vibroplex lately?
        > Well, my xyl, bless her heart, bought me a new, shiny Vibroplex Iambic Deluxe for my birthday a few days ago. Nice key. BUT, I'm sending it back to HRO. Why? There is no Vibroplex embossed brass nameplate, as we've come to know it, on my key. Instead, there is the cheesiest, thin, flat, silkscreened (painted) label with a punched serial number.
        > I could not believe my eyes!! So, I called Scott Robbins (new Vibroplex owner) and told him how dissappointed I was and pointed out that his website still shows fine photos of the various Vibroplex keys with their traditional embossed brass nameplates.
        > His excuse for the change? -- he has not been able to find anyone to produce the embossed brass labels, or the numbering! Perhaps the guys who did it for Mitch retired when he did??
        > I reminded Scott of the "Vibroplex collectibility" pitch in his literature. I, frankly, don't see my new key with its cheesy printed label, EVER being collectible. I asked Scott if all Vibros would be sporting the new painted label, to which he replied "yes".
        > With my xyl's kind permission, we will be travelling to HRO on Saturday to return my key and trade for something "nicer".
        > Guys and gals, your old Vibroplex keys (bugs, straights, or paddles) just became a lot more valuable.
        > Looks like the end of an era has come.
        > I can't believe Scott is proud to own production of this sorry excuse for a "Vibroplex".
        > 73, Milt k4oso
        >
      • k4oso@aol.com
        Did you read my entire post? ALL Vibroplexes (according to Scott Robbins, owner) will have the new label. Milt In a message dated 6/17/2010 11:18:48 AM
        Message 3 of 6 , Jun 17, 2010
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          Did you read my entire post?  ALL Vibroplexes (according to Scott Robbins, owner) will have the new label.
          Milt
          In a message dated 6/17/2010 11:18:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time, kd4ukw@... writes:
          Milt,

          It sounds as if you have a TRUE collectible... one of the very few Vibroplexes ever produced without a brass nameplate! That makes it practically unique, even though you don't like the cheapening of the product.

          Andy KD4UKW
           
        • Fernando
          Milt thanks for the heads up. I too am very disappointed to read this. I would think that there should be someone out there in Tenn that can punch out some
          Message 4 of 6 , Jun 17, 2010
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            Milt thanks for the heads up.

            I too am very disappointed to read this.

            I would think that there should be someone

            out there in Tenn that can punch out some brass

            plates. Perhaps it's cost cutting.

            Nevertheless, a Happy Birthday to you.

            My birthday is Saturday so I better que

            the wife about this news. Hi..


            73 Fernando N2FQ/6
            On Jun 17, 2010, at 7:56 AM, k4oso wrote:

            > Have you bought a new Vibroplex lately?
            > Well, my xyl, bless her heart, bought me a new, shiny Vibroplex
            > Iambic Deluxe for my birthday a few days ago. Nice key. BUT, I'm
            > sending it back to HRO. Why? There is no Vibroplex embossed brass
            > nameplate, as we've come to know it, on my key. Instead, there is
            > the cheesiest, thin, flat, silkscreened (painted) label with a
            > punched serial number.
            > I could not believe my eyes!! So, I called Scott Robbins (new
            > Vibroplex owner) and told him how dissappointed I was and pointed
            > out that his website still shows fine photos of the various
            > Vibroplex keys with their traditional embossed brass nameplates.
            > His excuse for the change? -- he has not been able to find anyone to
            > produce the embossed brass labels, or the numbering! Perhaps the
            > guys who did it for Mitch retired when he did??
            > I reminded Scott of the "Vibroplex collectibility" pitch in his
            > literature. I, frankly, don't see my new key with its cheesy
            > printed label, EVER being collectible. I asked Scott if all Vibros
            > would be sporting the new painted label, to which he replied "yes".
            > With my xyl's kind permission, we will be travelling to HRO on
            > Saturday to return my key and trade for something "nicer".
            > Guys and gals, your old Vibroplex keys (bugs, straights, or paddles)
            > just became a lot more valuable.
            > Looks like the end of an era has come.
            > I can't believe Scott is proud to own production of this sorry
            > excuse for a "Vibroplex".
            > 73, Milt k4oso
            >
            >
            >
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          • andy_kd4ukw
            Milt, Yes, I read your post. I just failed to take my comments to their logical conclusion: If plastic nameplates are the future of Vibroplex, sales will
            Message 5 of 6 , Jun 17, 2010
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              Milt,

              Yes, I read your post. I just failed to take my comments to their logical conclusion:

              If plastic nameplates are the future of Vibroplex, sales will probably plummet and you will have a very rare key indeed.

              You can keep it new in the box in the back of a closet and hope it appreciates in 20 years. Meanwhile you can buy another key to use daily! ;-)

              Andy

              --- In cw_bugs@yahoogroups.com, k4oso@... wrote:
              >
              >
              > Did you read my entire post? ALL Vibroplexes (according to Scott Robbins,
              > owner) will have the new label.
              > Milt
              > In a message dated 6/17/2010 11:18:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
              > kd4ukw@... writes:
              >
              > Milt,
              >
              > It sounds as if you have a TRUE collectible... one of the very few
              > Vibroplexes ever produced without a brass nameplate! That makes it practically
              > unique, even though you don't like the cheapening of the product.
              >
              > Andy KD4UKW
              >
            • k4oso@aol.com
              Andy, My xyl says the same thing. . Hi Milt In a message dated 6/17/2010 11:35:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time, kd4ukw@gmail.com writes: Milt, Yes, I read your
              Message 6 of 6 , Jun 17, 2010
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                Andy,
                My xyl says the same thing. .  Hi
                Milt
                 
                In a message dated 6/17/2010 11:35:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time, kd4ukw@... writes:
                Milt,

                Yes, I read your post. I just failed to take my comments to their logical conclusion:

                If plastic nameplates are the future of Vibroplex, sales will probably plummet and you will have a very rare key indeed.

                You can keep it new in the box in the back of a closet and hope it appreciates in 20 years. Meanwhile you can buy another key to use daily! ;-)

                Andy
                 
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