Cardas certainly had the right idea by setting up their own "Mobile Booth" which on the surface might sound silly but in actuality it is a genius idea for an audio show! Of course everyone wants to come to a show and preview and hear about new products. But having a chance to sit down, talk, and have a drink (or several) with someone from the industry is what we are all trying to do.
Angela and Josh Cardas were doing it right by making themselves available and having conversations with anyone in the industry who "stepped into" the Mobile Booth. One visitor was having such a great experience they stayed for the hugs! Which might have let do us coining the new Cardas show tagline, "Booze and Hugs!"
Anyone at the show looking for more information on Cardas, Booze, or Hugs, you can more than likely find the team on the second floor working harder than ever!
We are excited to be back in Tampa for the Florida Audio Expo! The Florida show was the last event we did before the world shut down! I remember at the show a lot of attendees and visitors were talking and theorizing about what the impacts of this unknown COVID-19 virus would be. While talking to some about the impact on audio shows I had this dark sinking feeling and turned to my wife Jane and told her we need to really enjoy this trip, "I have a feeling this is the last trip we will be taking for awhile. Florida Audio 2020 was the last time we were on a plane until now.
We weren't really locked in to going until as recent as last week! I'm never against shows but this year I was still going to hang back since the idea of traveling on a plane with children is already a rough one. Traveling with little ones while adhering to COVID-19 regulation, even tougher! My little ones handled it like champs!
Anyway, we made it and we are here at the Florida Audio Expo. At the moment it looks like we have VPI products in 4 rooms.
We are showcasing our new Avenger Direct Turntable with House or Stereo and Audio Shield in room 715 and 716 with a whole lot of other fantastic gear!
Our Signature 21 in Rosewood with Suncoast Audio Tampa Terrace Room on the second floor.
We are also excited to have finally gone through our Limited HW-40 40th Anniversary Direct Drive. There has been concern about what we would do with the HW-40 after we ran through the limited 400 tables and we are proud to continue a "non limited" flavor in the lineup. At the Florida Audio Show we are debuting the standard VPI Direct Drive with essentially everything you already loved about the HW-40. The table will be in Piano Black Sides and the ability to easily change tonearms. The limited serialized anniversary plate has been removed for a standard serial plate and the dust cover is no longer included but available as an accessory. This will be showcased with CAT Audio on the 12th floor.
Anyone who wanted that limited anniversary flavor start making phone calls and see who still has them in stock!
We will be providing more information on the rooms and experience at the show across platforms to make sure everyone is part of the experience!
But the main reason we are excited to be here is to celebrate my daughter Shyla's 4th Birthday! We will be having an industry celebration tonight during the hotel Happy Hour for cake, singing, and presents!
See you all at the show!
Positive update from the VPI team. Everyone is feeling better, and in the road to recovery. We want our staff members to always be healthy and safe at VPI. Thanks for everyone's patience. We are working on the emails, calls, and the forum (which hit another pitfall, but we are working on it). We will keep you all updated and looking forward to firing on all cylinders.
As we venture through 2022 we started strong with building and staying flush with our needed supply. However, we have hit a minor bump with potential COVID exposure with the staff. Because of this we have a skeleton crew in the office and missing a number of staff members on the floor. At this time we have been fortunate and staff members are coming back with negative COVID tests. We are still having staff members stay home until they are symptom free (even if it is not COVID we don’t want anyone getting sick). However, one of our members unfortunately came back positive and our thoughts are with him and a healthy recovery.
We have enough builders that tables are still getting processed, built, tested, and shipped but to be safe we have added 1-2 week estimates on lead times for new products, repairs, and upgrades. The main hit has been in our office so email responses and phones are a bit rougher than usual. We are doing everything we can to keep up while maintaining the safety of our staff.
Thanks to everyone for your understanding and we will continue to post updates.
Dear VPI Family,
Happy New Year, it has been one heck of a year and we are excited for 2022. We wanted to reach out to let you know what's going on at VPI and our plans for the New Year.
We have been having a lot of struggles with backend issues with our emails, website, and forum. ,
Before the end of the year we were able to resolve our email service issues but we lost a lot of communications (New and old) in the process. That is back on track and the staff has been on them. If you haven't heard back feel free to reach out to make sure your email wasn't lost in the transfer.
We are in the process of updating a lot of the pages on our website and bringing back information on a lot of our legacy products.
Our forum has been a struggle . We lost our two staff members who were responsible for the forum and have been working to install a new forum while archiving the old forum so we don't lose a lot of useful information. Last year we experienced bugs where people were unable to log in, post, or retrieve their password. We couldn't fix the problem. A few days ago the whole forum disappeared. Our service provider told us because the platform was incompatible with the updates, but we are still working to recover it. Our goal is to establish our forum as a point place of VPI communication and support!
Ultimately there just isn’t enough hours in the day to get everything done all at once but we are trying!
We are proud to announce we are on top of this supply chain crisis and are feeling confident to continue to build and ship all VPI products in a reasonable time period. The HW-40 Anniversary Edition has come to an end as we have sold through the 400 Anniversary Editions but don’t worry there will still be a “Non Anniversary Edition” available in the near future.
At the moment we are continuing to hold our prices and last year made some serious decisions to hold the course as long as possible. If supply issues continue there might be a forced price increase later in the year but we are hoping to avoid that from happening.
While keeping COVID-19 precautions and safety we are proud to have reopened the VPI House and are working on an event schedule to start in late February/March (dates to be determined pending upon the impact of COVID).
Regarding Audio shows, no final decision has been made yet regarding the Florida show but at this time we will not be participating in any shows besides Capital.
As always thanks for being part of the VPI Family and bearing with us during these difficult times. Any questions, concerns or service issues always feel free to reach out to let us know.
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