Rodney has been involved in the Jobo process all along and has supplied support to Jobo and help to users in the UK.
but thinking First Call can offer repair service in the US is kind of unrealistic for users. Perhaps they will partner with a good US reseller or
find distribution that can actually support the machines. I have expressed the desire to continue offering support here in the US through an adjacent channel - so perhaps we shall see
Thanks Greg. I would think Freestyle would be eyeing this closely to see if it's in their and their customer's interests.
It'll be interesting to see how this all shakes out as I'm sure they must have crunched some numbers to see if it's a viable business plan to start up production again.
where we're going, we don't need roads. just a Giesler, 9.9 horses, wide open Shield waters and I'm outta here
BTW - here is something i saw on APUG, seems as though china is a pretty big market
The price as quoted on APUG is about 800$ before shipping and tax...
I would be interested in purchasing from a vendor like yourself, who not only can get the product , but also understands the equipment inside out. Also this unit is not what I would be interested in but rather the 2300 style or the Alt 3 style.
I have a tech here in TO who I sent to Jobo Factory in Europe for factory service training on the Alt 2300 and Alt 3, but even with this kind of help it has been a tough couple of years keeping used gear running smoothly.
My interest is only if there is one location that will support the product for at least 7 years after stopping production... Most imagers that I have purchased give this type of help.
This is not unrealistic considering the costs of purchase, rent, maintenence and getting your investment back on gear.
Jobo on the other line basically left everyone hanging ...
Since Jobo pulled the plug so to speak we were left with purchasing used units and as you know getting these units to spec is difficult and for me was costly. Right now I have a Alt 3 -second unit in two years, after a series of 2300 used units.. This is not acceptable to me.
Therefore we have designed an auto device that works with the Jobo expert drums and tanks .. there is no cog mechanisim driving the rotation but rather large rollers... All parts are local and for the same money that is being touted I can have a device that is maintained and serviced locally with home depot parts.
Yes it does not have a lift, I have a water bath on the side using stainless steel tanks... A local guy to me has did all the leg work and for my money I think my unit will be much more robust and practical than this unit they are putting out.
Now if there was plans to reintroduce the 2300 - thats a completely other thing- I know this unit and can amortize its cost over the life of the unit. We have been running Jobo gear since the early 90's and know them well.
Quick question... re lift arm on the alt 3 and 2300 - we found that we got approx 36000 lifts and then whamo it failed... replacing one is costly and not an easy task.. Do you concur that the arms basically broke down after this amounts of lifts???