Vortex’s Escort factory tour

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Just wanted to say nice job with the tour. This is the type of content that builds strong communities. I hope this is something that could be repeated with other companies in the CM field.

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That would be awesome!
 

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Wow.
My hats off to you Vortex. Magnificent! Remarkable!! Incredible job in this video!!! Professional grade. :bravo:

These folks were smiling and relaxed and talking to you like a good friend. What a totally different experience watching your tour vs the last one we witnessed by VG. I would have swore the camera man in that other one was pointing a gun at them vs a camera.:p

This is exactly what they needed to do to start mending that burnt bridge. I like THESE people. I want to buy THEIR product. Tyler, Jeremy, Pat and Shawn.......these are the salesmen I trust. Remarkable job by all of them as well!

Dave, I'm keeping my eye on you, but not so bad for a VP of marketing. You kept it real.

Jason.....you had our eyes glued! One of the absolute best things a company can do is educate their customers. We are going to need a full series of educational videos just from you.:worship: ......"the M3 program". @PointerCone just plucked out his credit card and picked up the phone at those three words(LOL). The LNA test jig was fascinating.......I loves LNAs. A detector without an LNA is like a cheeseburger without the cheese.

Vortex, thank you again for being our window into the world! If the remaining interviews go half as well as this we are in for some more delightful treats.
 

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Ha, I almost forgot to ask.....was the ShamWow guy on premise? :)

Looking forward to the additional videos!
 

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It made me a little sad seeing the Escort models from beginning to end and seeing how many I've owned. It's a shame I won't do business with them again, at least until their leadership and MO change.
 

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Great job, @Vortex! Good to see both the technical and human side of things at Escort. When a company gets demonized (as Escort has been lately), it's natural for some of that to be transferred onto its employees. Getting to see them as human beings helps reverse that process. Thanks!
 

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There is a difference between a factory and an office where final assembly of one or two products happens. Do you see any wave soldering machines or SMT machines? If not, it isn't an electronics factory! :)

The actual factory where they make these is much more automated.
Thanks, Jon. Maybe they are hand-crafting only their specialty models there and performing R&D?
 

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Escort hasn't been demonized, they've actually been held afloat by loyal customers who were with them long before they changed their business practices years ago. We held on hoping for better times to come but eventually even the most loyal let go. Saying they are being demonized removes all responsibility from them and insinuates the comments from their past loyal customers are baseless. When you have a loyal customers you have to work really hard to lose them. Escort succeeded.

I hope they do better and get their priorities back in line. I invested to much money with that company to completely give up on them. Unfortunately a scripted factory tour doesn't turn the tide.

Thank you Vortex for being impartial and doing that though, very professional.
 

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You both make good points (@Brainstorm69 and @leesrt).

Escort (the company) and it's leadership is responsible for the lost faith and driving away a huge portion of it's loyal customer base. Call it demonized or whatever, but they earned it.

On the flip side, we see evidence that the heart and soul may have survived years of mismanagement that focused on revenue rather than quality products.

It could be nothing more than a dog and pony show for sure. But inviting Vortex into their home signals to me a change in course. A desire to dial it back to 2012 and re-establish that bond with the enthusiast community and HOPEFULLY a desire to get back to designing and manufacturing quality detectors worthy of past products we saw in that showcase.

Either view.....the optimist or the pessimist......is valid at this point. But this is RDF and there is only one truth and we measure it out on the highway. We'll soon know which viewpoint is the correct one to take. In the meantime, this looks like a step in the right direction.
 

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You both make good points (@Brainstorm69 and @leesrt).

Escort (the company) and it's leadership is responsible for the lost faith and driving away a huge portion of it's loyal customer base. Call it demonized or whatever, but they earned it.

On the flip side, we see evidence that the heart and soul may have survived years of mismanagement that focused on revenue rather than quality products.

It could be nothing more than a dog and pony show for sure. But inviting Vortex into their home signals to me a change in course. A desire to dial it back to 2012 and re-establish that bond with the enthusiast community and HOPEFULLY a desire to get back to designing and manufacturing quality detectors worthy of past products we saw in that showcase.

Either view.....the optimist or the pessimist......is valid at this point. But this is RDF and there is only one truth and we measure it out on the highway. We'll soon know which viewpoint is the correct one to take. In the meantime, this looks like a step in the right direction.
I hope at some point the optimist viewpoint becomes a reality
 

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This was, as the Beatles would say, a “magical mystery tour.” It was certainly both.
 
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interesting comment about loosing db in processing the signal. trying to catch up with uniden gain wise?

i would love to see uniden's R&D center.
That's how product development works. You start with an idea, breadboard it for testing, and tweak it until you get the performance you want. I doubt they're even thinking about Uniden. They're trying to build an RF circuit with as low of loss as they can get and still reject everything outside of the passband.
 

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Vortex is a true professional! Excellent video presentation and very informative. Unlike the pregnant guy's video from a few weeks ago where he didn't even iron his shirt. Night and day! Vortex is a true enthusiast!
Wonder if Mike V would ever open his doors to this type of tour?
 

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I just don't get it!! Maybe I missed something, but wasn't this supposed to be an interview with escort? Looked like to me that it just was an ad for escort.
 

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I just don't get it!! Maybe I missed something, but wasn't this supposed to be an interview with escort? Looked like to me that it just was an ad for escort.
You did miss something. The interview is the main thing I went there for and I still need to edit all the footage from that. It’ll be ready next week sometime. This was just a little bonus thing. :)
 

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You did miss something. The interview is the main thing I went there for and I still need to edit all the footage from that. It’ll be ready next week sometime. This was just a little bonus thing. :)
Oh. Ok, I thought that was it.
 

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Good see a behind scenes angle of what goes on.
 
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all i can say is - "regardless of how nice the people are and how cool the tour was - i wont be buying anything escort until their stuff actually works as advertised."

maybe they could start with units that dont lock up, actual upgrades that dont affect performance, and stop rehashing the same old tech that didnt work to begin with.

uniden has changed everything, they better start understanding that.

thank you vortex for your time and efforts.
 

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Watched the video -- missed where the lone firmware developer was interviewed. He was there; right? Or was he on sabbatical? :confused: