Some fresh good news here...
This morning I received a new email from Louise Kessler at Voltarc (LCD Lighting). She asked that I post the following new information for users of the former Aristo Grid Lamp products:
"The Aristo VCL4500 and VCL8100 Series replacement lamps have been progressing nicely in its re-engineering process. It’s been smooth enough that I believe that pricing and lead time information could be ready to send out by late January 2011. For those who have not contacted me previously….just send me a note so you are on my list. Please send the e-mail to: email@example.com
On another issue- the html pages for the old Aristo website are disabled, but don’t worry- The Aristo information has been archived in a new site - when you type in www.aristogrid.com it will re-direct you to where the Aristo information is being held. If you find I have left something out- let me know and I’ll see if I can find it for you."
For those users of the above Aristo VCL light sources, this is a new chance to order either replacement or backup grid lamps for these units. Personally I intend to do both for my VCL4500. Louise was understandably very excited to be able to offer these newly reengineered products to the analog market.
She also expressed gratitude to those who have previously purchased new replacement grid lamps for the Aristo D2 units. Apparently the response to this initial reengineering project was very good.
Louise has put in an enormous amount of effort to get this production restarted. I know for a fact that her superiors were not at all convinced that there existed any residual market for these products. If these products benefit you at all, a small word of thanks to her wouldn't hurt.
Louise's final line in her email was:
"Hopefully this will make someone’s holiday, I know it’s making mine nicer!"
For those of you active on other forums and websites where this announcement may be of interest, please feel free to cross-post this information to those locations. The greater the market response, the better the chances that additional replacement lamp products will be offered in the future.
Finally, don't forget to check out the new Aristo product line website referenced above. It's brand new. And as such is yet another commitment to an ongoing analog equipment market.