Sunday, June 23, 2013

"There is no perfect product!" Do you think this statement is right or not!?

What if someone talks to ourselves or customer, “There is no perfect Product!” What does it Implies?

When there is complaint from one client on the product that was found to have software bug and even hardware bug, sometime we can see a defending saying to the client “No Machine is perfect!”, even quoted MS sometime hang up, there is no perfect Machine in the world… yes, there is no perfect, as there is hundred millions operation routines to be executive in Micro Soft CPU inside my Lenovo, can you expect there is bug free? Why we can easily saying there is no perfect machine, or perfect product in the world?

The term “No Perfect Machine” is an excuse. He feels we are defending!

What if a product that can survive in the market over 30 years, does it mean that the product is perfect or close to perfect if that can last more than 30 years!?

                                                   I have Patrician Agate, but not Turquoise
1929 Waterman Patrician Fountain Pen
Although it was not as successful fountain pen sales expected by Waterman. Probably due to the design somewhat “novel” and far from the aerodynamic shapes of the fountain of the thirties, it is true that helped the company to maintain its prestige during the difficult years of the 1929 depression. Till now it is name is the dream pen, especially the Turquoise.
This is ranked one of the best dream fountain pens ever by pen lovers!

                               Marantz 8B I boought it with HKD$32,000 two year ago
                               I upgraded with Quad Gold Lion KT77 tubes with HKD$8,000 for  
                               much better dynamics.

Marantz 9B and 8B Power Amplifier
Introduced in 1962 till 1966, US retail price was $249.00
70 W total output tube amplifier. Now Depending on condition, an excellent condition one could ask for US$4,800.

                                   My Koetsu Rosewood Signature II was given to Friend of Mine Alfred in
                                   UK. He asked someone to re-tip and he is enjoying it now.

Koetsu Rosewood cartridge
Every audiophile music lover knows of the legendary sound of Koetsu phono cartridges from decades past. Those old enough to have experienced Sugano's Koetsus retain the memory of a musical experience unequaled. Few were privileged to own and enjoy a Koetsu. Many of the converted searched out second and third Koetsus, assuring a long, cherished relationship. Now it is selling $4,500

                               LP-12 I bought in 1997 with HKD$16,000, upgraded with Electronics Servo
                               Control in 2008, upgraded with pre-owned Ittok Mark II arm with
                               Now I used Ortofon Jubilee cartridge I bought with HKD$95,00 in Taiwan
                               in 1999. Total investment is about HKD$34,500.
                               New one is selling more than HKD$100,000.

Linn Sondek LP-12 SE
It’s no idle exaggeration to say that the Sondek LP12 has been a touchstone for record playback during the three decades-plus of its continuous production since 1972.

Despite the low demand for record players compared to the heyday of the 1980s, the LP12 has stubbornly stayed in the catalogue. It’s a reminder of the company’s heritage but also surely a testament to the turntable’s abiding popularity, since Linn wouldn’t trouble itself to make something no-one would buy.

Externally almost identical since 1973, many small changes have been made inside over the years in order to improve its sound, principally by tightening tolerances on metal components and substituting superior suspension pieces. Aside from the deck itself, Linn has also made steady developments in its tonearms, cartridges and power supplies to keep the design fresh.

Notable changes to the core motor unit include the Nirvana upgrade in 1981, using new springs, grommets and fasteners; and the late 1980s change in main bearing, made available to older decks as the Cirkus upgrade. However, since the Lingo power supply upgrade in 1991, the Sondek motor unit has effectively been in stasis, remaining essentially the same for over 15 years.

The latest Linn-sanctioned refits of Keel, Trampolin and Ekos SE build on the classic Sondek sound, bringing out more detail, focusing stereo images, tidying the top and tautening the bottom, while preserving most of the essence of the Sondek charm. Solid precision engineering brings tangible benefits, albeit at a considerable price.
Linn Sondek LP12 SE (£9550)

                               Royal Oak 1972  Jumbo 39mm  Solid Yellow Gold, now Retro in Pink Gold
                               is selling HKD$470,000 now in HK.

Royal Oak
Audemars Piguet 1972 Royal Oak, a new timeless design watch and was and is classified the perfect design in watch, it has not been changed over the 41 years in the basic design and will likely the most pretty watch for another 50 years

                               Rolex Day Date Ref 1803 in Reddish Brown Diamond Dial
                               Estimated price is about HKD$95,000 or more depending on Condition of
Rolex Day Date Ref 1803
A large production was made with fantastic colourful dial, a Rolex Flag Ship watch of the Golden era of mechanical watch making 1960-1970. A watch that would never fail you in terms of durability, accuracy and dependability.

                                                   Coca Cola 1886  in Original Bottle
Coca Cola
Back in the 80s Coca-Cola changed the taste of their product in an attempt to improve their brand. They called the new product "Coke". It wasn't an improvement, it was just different and failed miserably. Coca-Cola lost scores of loyal consumers who said there was nothing wrong with the original Coca-Cola. So I can say Coca Cola is the perfect product since it was introduced in 1886.
Based on Interbrand's best global brand 2011, Coca-Cola was the world's most valuable brand.

                               Friend of mine's Porsche, He is in SFC, now he has three boxer of different
In 1938 the Volkswagenworks awarded the Porsche engineering office the contract to develop a racing car based on the Volkswagen Type 60, which was to take its place on the grid for a planned long distance race from Berlin to Rome as a promotional stunt for the “KdF car” (“Strength through Joy” car). By the spring of 1939, the Porsche engineers had developed three sports car coupés under the in-house designation Type 64, for the “Non-stop speed endurance test” scheduled for September. Since then the basic design of Porsche was established: Rear Engine, Rear Drive, air cool engine, the low air friction aerodynamic car body. Over 70 years we have not seen much of the changes except the recent Porsche engine changed from air cooling to water cooling.

So Can I say these are perfect product!?
As majority of people tends to buy NEWER product, concept of newer is better is still the mainstream thinking of the major buyers.
There are so many reason that they have to launch a new product to meet the demanding customers. Even some of the perfect products have to be phased out because that have been

replaced by better products of the next generations? Or a marketing demand to package Old Wine in new bottle to make an impact on the market!?

Sham Shui Po Snob

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