The quality may actually be higher, due to better materials and
Analogy: Automobiles. There were "service stations" everywhere in the
1960's because autos *needed* regular service. My 1995 Firebird has 138,000
miles on it and nothing major has ever gone wrong. There's only 18,000
miles on just the 3rd set of tires.
Actually there's a good and a bad associated with BN and AN.
BN the only biscuit joiner you could buy was the Elu (Norm's
favorite but there's a story why/I'll tell it with a little
prodding) and the Lamello. Now hands down either of these
machines were top of the heap and not just onna 'count of
they "were the heap" (they were). AN there became available
other makers of biscuit joiners. In comparison there is no
comparison as the Elu and the Lamello were/are/always will
be a much better machine (insert favorite comparison here)
than (insert newer, less expensive biscuit joiner here).
The difference being that the Lamello did cost you/still
costs you around $600ish and the others (cheaper) cost you
$200ish. Is the Lamello worth $400 more? Just try and pry
one from an owner's fingers and find out. Is the cheaper
biscuit joiner a fair substitute? Well, umm, I, well you
see, OK, I've got one, OK, there I said it!!! But I'd
switch in a heart beat if I could.
So what I'm saying is, with Norm there came a higher demand
for machines and with demand comes quantity and with
quantity comes competition and the ekonomiks of scale and
all. Doesn't mean though that the public is getting the
"best deal" but at least they get a deal. There have been
instances where by AN some machines and tools have become
less expensive and the hobbyist has benefited. I used to
pay attention to the price of new Unisaws and once upon a
time I could cite the facts but I don't think the price of
the Unisaw has increased in at least 20ish years. By
increase I mean, back around 20 years ago the Unisaw sold
for within a hunnert or two of what it sells for today.
Then on the other hand I also think Delta has it as a loss
leader (has kept the price down artificially low and made up
for it with other cheaper/crappier machines) so maybe this
is a skewed example.
I thought that one might kick up your curiosity. :-)
Back in the day, before posting Off Topic was considered
acceptable here on the wreck there was a poster by the name
of (name deleted onna 'count of it's not mine to give out).
He and I hit it off pretty good mostly because the
information he posted, much of it on biscuit joiners, was
always good. One day we were corresponding on something and
one thing let to another when he told me about a contract he
had with Colonial Saw. Colonial was (still is?) the
importer for Lamello. Anyways (I know, not a word) one day
he tells me that back in the beginning they (Colonial) get a
call from New Yankee Workshop and they (NYW) basically
requested that Colonial send them a free Lamello and in
exchange for the free Lamello NYW would use it on the show.
Colonial balked and the next thing you know old Jed's a
millionaire, err, make that, Norm was using a Elu.
Anyway, a wee bit of wooddorking trivia you won't find on
the other discussion groups. You heard it here first though
and it's something to tell your grand kids.
Yabbutt, ya know what?
The Lamello is a better bisquik joiner that the NYW is a woodorking
(tom - who has a Pre-Colonial , Lamello Top-Ten, with the original
cutter, 'cause he knows how to use a diamond file and never does
(Yeah, it did cost about five hundred bucks, but not the rumoured
(opcitalt) $600.00 - in 1980 money.)
(tom - who has enjoyed watching the Pilgrim's Progress of Nahm, that
very nearly paralleled his own progress from Carpenter to
Cabinetmaker, but who thinks that Russ Morash can kiss his Happy Irish
Ass and would like to see a show that was run according to Nahm's
interests but we do still need the kind of people who will serve the
market and so I guess we will have to be satisfied with what is, after
all, a better situation now than it was previous.)
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker (ret)
Real Email is: tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet
Well, I guess there's nothing really wrong with this, but it seems
kinda low class. Hopefully Norm was just following orders and didn't
get involved in this himself.
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