Vibroplex Purchases Bencher Amateur Radio Product Line
Bencher, the paddle and hand key company, is no more…
Bencher Inc has announced the sale of its Amateur Radio product line to Vibroplex LLC of Knoxville, Tennessee, owned by Scott Robbins, W4PA.
“This sale ends Bencher’s presence in the Amateur Radio field, thus allowing the principals, Jere Benedict, President, and Bob Locher, W9KNI, to move towards retirement,” the announcement said.
Product lines included in the sale include the Bencher BY series of iambic paddles as well as the ST series of single-lever paddles, the Bencher Hex Paddle, the N2DAN Mercury Paddle, and the Bencher RJ series hand keys. The sale also includes the HK-1 Universal Hook-up kit and the YA-1 Low Pass Filter.
Vibroplex has agreed to honor the manufacturer’s warranties and to provide parts and support, and it will continue offering Bencher products through existing marketing channels.
Benedict and Locher expressed “gratitude to the Amateur Radio community for its interest and support since the sale of the first Bencher Amateur Radio products in the early 1970s.”
(Original source: arrl.org)
My 2 cents…I only hope Vibroplex doesn’t jack up Bencher prices even more…