Things continue to come together for us down here at Hilton Audio in Houston! Don’t get me wrong, we still have a LONG way to go, but things are definitely on the way.
Here’s the latest news:
Hilton MA-220’s are in full production…
…and available for pre-order. Our first run of 50 MA-220’s is in process and on schedule for a December 1, 2014 delivery date. We reached out to everybody on the back-order list, and gave them first opportunity to reserve their unit. As of today, 32 of the first run of 50 are already reserved. That leaves 18 more available for the December 1, 2014 shipping date.
Reserve your MA-220 here:
More Hilton MA-220’s on the way!
It is obvious that this first batch will run out very quickly, so we’re not waiting! We have already begun ordering parts for our next run of 50 more MA-220 units. These will not be available until January 2015, however, anybody who puts a deposit down before December 31, 2014 will still get the current pricing of $1420.00. On January 1, 2015 the price of a MA-220 will go up to $1495.00, and will not rise again for at least the next full year.
The Hilton Audio Online Store – www.hiltonaudio.com - 52 Sales in the First 30 Days!
I’m thrilled to report that we’ve shipped 52 orders over the past 30 days since the Hilton Audio Online Store opened! Visit www.hiltonaudio.com, and select the “Store” tab at the top of the page. In the store, you will find ElectroVoice Microphones, a wide variety of Hilton Microphone Cords, Needles, Cartridges, and replacement parts for microphones. We will continue to make more items available in the coming months.
The Month of November – Limited Availability – Shipping Delays
One of the reasons I selected December 1, 2014 as our “Official” opening date is that my month of November is completely crazy. First, I will be (mostly) unavailable from October 28 thru November 9th as I relocate my mother from New Hampshire to Florida for the winter. (Dad passed away in June, so this will be her first trip solo.) During this time, I will still be able to answer calls, and receive online orders, but shipping will be sporadic at best.
Also, in November, is Mary Ellen and my “belated honeymoon cruise”. Long before we decided to purchase Hilton Audio, Mary Ellen and I put a lot of money down on our honeymoon cruise, so Hilton will be 100% CLOSED from November 22 thru 29, 2014. No calls. No emails. No orders processed for this 8 day period. (PS….this same week, Mary Ellen celebrates a very important birthday…but she’d kill me if I told you which one it was.)
Replacement Parts – Not Yet Available – Hopefully January
I’ve had a few requests for replacement parts for older Hilton equipment. I DO NOT have these parts available at this time, and will not likely have them before January. I’m sorry…I just don’t have enough hours in the day to get through the inventory and figure out everything I have.
Folks…I have to continue to work my day job at least until the end of the year. We’ve invested a TON of money in getting Hilton back up and running, and until the MA-220’s start shipping, I have to continue to pay the bills.
What does this mean to you? Email continues to be THE BEST line of communication with me. While I will try to answer your phone call during the day, the Hilton line (713) 955-5911 forwards to my cell phone, and my cell phone reception is spotty at the office. Also, I’ve got to keep my day job my priority during the day, so I might have to let your call go to voicemail. I can almost always return an email within the hour.
Yes, I realize that this is not always convenient, but it is the best I can do until Hilton starts to generate some income. For those of you most upset about this, I again ask you to consider the alternative…Hilton was GONE…completely out of business.
Recent Questions – Asked and Answered
Q. Will Hilton make any more turntables?
A. No. Turntables are much too expensive to produce in such small quantities.
Q. Will you continue to produce replacement parts for turntables?
A. Yes and No. Some parts are reasonable to continue to produce in small
quantities. Some are not. The older the unit gets, the more prohibitive
Q. Will you sell Hilton speakers again?
A. Yes and No. I don’t think we’ll sell the speakers that have been produced
in the past, BUT, we ARE investigating some new designs. Do not expect a
Hilton speaker produced in the next 6 months to 1 year.
Q. Will there be new alternatives to the MA-220?
A. Not in 2015. We have some ideas on the table, but earliest they could hit the
market would be sometime between January 2016 and CALLERLAB 2016.
Q. Have you “fixed” the MA-220’s so they won’t cut out when you connect
2 Yak Stacks?
A. NO. There's nothing to fix. You can’t break Ohm’s Law. It’s a LAW. When you
connected 2 Yak Stacks to the old MA-150, you were over-working the amp, and
eventually many of you blew out an entire channel…leading to a costly repair.
The MA-220 has a built in protection circuit to prevent it from blowing out that
channel. If you want to run 2 Yak Stacks on a MA-220, you MUST use the
Series-Y connector that we provide with each unit we sell. 4 Ohms is the minimum
safe load in to the MA-220.
Till Next Month!
Paul and Mary Ellen Cote
call: (713) 955-5911