Re: [cw_bugs] Vibroplex Nameplate - Cheap, Silkscreened, and Flimsy
- 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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