I had posted about this on my personal Facebook timeline but thought others might appreciate this bit of VPI history:
Exciting day, it was 4 years ago today that I (Mat) ended up staying late with my dad (Harry) to work on an HR-X. This was an important day for VPI and our future. What had happened was we were at the New York Show and a customer had heard Peter Ledermann’s HR-X that had two arms on it. It was a complete DIY job and the customer wanted to get an HR-X with a second arm mounted like his. At the time I really didn’t know enough so my answer was, “Yes we can do that!” I later learned that there wasn’t an intuitive mounting system at the time for the HR-X for a second arm. However the dealer and customer were now counting on us to deliver! The production floor tried to make the table with the two arms and after a lot of time working on the HR-X it was considered to be functional with a second arm.
The day ended and Harry came in to check it out. He wasn’t satisfied with the job and took the whole turntable apart. Mind you at this stage my mom’s death was fresh, I had no clue what I was doing yet, dad had every desire to sell VPI, and no desire to work on turntables again. For the next 4-5 hours he worked, cursed, and crafted a turntable for the first time since mom had gotten sick. This was exactly what dad needed to get him back to being HW and exactly what I needed to witness how much care and pride should be put into every VPI table!
Here is the original Facebook post from 4 years ago today at 9:00pm- “Still at the factory with HW helping him craft a one of a kind 2 arm HR-X. First time he has gotten into it like this since before mom past. I’m enjoying watching and helping a master at work!”
There are a lot of companies jumping on the turntable bandwagon because it happens to be popular now with cheap gimmicks and overprice smoke and mirror turntables. VPI was here when they left the industry, VPI is here during the vinyl resurgence, and VPI will still be here and caring for our customers after the bandwagoners move onto the next shinny object.