January 2004 Edition
the good ol’ days, when we used to mail the SomeTimes Newsletter, I’d wake
up right about December 30th and say “Why don’t we send out a newsletter
with a Happy New Year greeting.” Then
of course, by the time it was written, typed, corrected, retyped, printed, and
addressed, it was February, and it would have to say “I guess it’s not too
late to wish you a Happy New Year!.” I
Big fancy print. Nice.
happy to report that 2003 was a banner year for Ultra Tec.
Ultra Tec had its best year of the last ten.
We’re seeing new interest in faceting—and welcome it is.
What we sell--A CHANGE in 2004. Up
to now, Ultra Tec offered general faceting merchandise--magnifiers, alcohol
lamps, books, etc. And, it
took us only 35 years to figure out that we should stick to doing what we’re
good at—manufacturing faceting machines and Ultra Tec designed faceting
accessories—and leave the selling of general supplies to people who are good
our new price list is shorter (it continues to include Laps, those being such
an integral part of the equipment). General
supplies are offered by most of the Ultra Tec Reps (refer to that list on this
web site)—they provide products and advice.
should not buy a used Faceting Machine”
who I’m quoting? Me.
I wrote a bulletin on that subject in September 2002
(or look it up in the Bulletin
I just reread it, and my position is the same—for the
same reasons--and continuing experience confirms that position.
I worry about a reader’s possible interpretation--that the Ultra Tec
Faceting Machine does not last long. The
facts are quite the contrary—machines that are not mistreated or
accidentally damaged, last a very long time.
Here’s an excerpt from an email we got a few weeks ago that’s right
to that point—with a fatherly lesson that’s good to remember:
father, Marion C. Penny,
…has an Ultra Tec model V2 Serial number R422 that he bought some years ago,
my guess is 1968. It works as
flawlessly as ever…My father taught me how to use this machine when I was 14
and I enjoyed the time we spent together while cutting stones.
But the greatest lesson I learned is something I try to live by, “Buy
the best and cry only once”. This
machine is the epitome of such a philosophy.
Thanks for your great
lesson. Well, you don’t really
have to “cry-once”, but if you do, it’s just once.
The guessed date was correct—June 1968—I looked it up.
Only 36 years.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
From the entire Ultra Tec gang.
Until next time .....
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