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I wonder if the statement of "the quality of presently available acrylic", is accurate, meaning that VPI was having problems with thier acrylic suppliers? I'd assume they certainly know more than I, being in the business this many years.
I could imagine, that there could be these anomalies, in that VPI would go through all the machining-fabrication work of an Acrylic Plinth, peel the paper, find defects like bumps, and pock marks, and the piece then has to be rejected due to cosmetic flaws.
Doesn't Tables like the Aries 3, and SSM still use Acrylic Sheet? If so, then maybe these as well will fall by the wayside soon?
I'm curious then, will that mean, that all we will perhaps see in the future from VPI, will be laminated MDF, (and/or wood) akin to a VPI 16.5 RCM, due to ease, and lesser cost of manufacture? Mark
The Scout and Scoutmaster use different materials from the older tables. It is not as shiny and is apparently more rugged. It was VPI that told me that the TNT had been discontinued so they must regard the HRX as a different model. It does not use the acrylic that the rest of the top tables did. I am piecing this all together from what I read on the internet and the response to my email but I assume it is accurate. I was wondering if they would bring back the Aries Extended table for those who wanted the 12.7 arm but could not afford the HRX?
So I guess I should consider myself lucky owning a TNT6-HR w/12.7 arm!
I've been wondering if this would happen, as the TNT6 wasn't really featured on the old website either. However, if you asked about it, it was available to order.
Harry & company usually find a way to deliver what their customers are seeking(e.g. anti-skate, rim drive), so it wouldn't shock me if we see a TNT7 somewhere down the line...Cheers,