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Euan Innes

Re: Orvis Banchory
« Reply #75 on: October 14, 2020, 23:30:37 PM »
I agree with shopping locally James. Fortunately I have Angus Angling  just down the road in Forfar, which is independent, great and just the best wee tackle shop (totally biased  :wink) and Neil Anderson can get most things for me.
Somers, nae a fan....
Depends where you live. The model shop in Dingwall is magic and I could have spent a fortune on models I DO NOT NEED  :z4
Great wee shop! And that is what we are lacking.. :mad

Euan
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Ben Crichton

Re: Orvis Banchory
« Reply #76 on: October 15, 2020, 07:33:24 AM »
Somers has new folk working these days and it's good now.  I used to dread going, found certain members of staff grumpy, unhelpful and rude. Graham's in inverness is a proper tackle shop. Mortimers in Granton also very good and helpful. Theres an angling active in Dunfermline I haven't been to yet but I'm keen to look

Loch Insch - David

Re: Orvis Banchory
« Reply #77 on: October 16, 2020, 19:31:48 PM »
Orvis Banchory have always operated a try before you buy service, and even a "here's a rod, go and have a waggle over in the park" attitude if you are a regular customer. It was not unusual for me to be let loose with £1000+ of rod and reel knowing I did not have the means to pay for it (until a sale), :)

You mention Loop, but they are almost identical in range and price to Orvis and also offer no "low end" tackle, with both companies starting single handed rods at circa £230 going up to around £850.

Orvis and Loop are pretty much tit for tat on cost, performance and quality.  Where Orvis excels is on the warranty.  Loop advertises a lifetime warranty, but that is only on manufacturers fault. The first year of ownership has a "no questions asked" policy, but Orvis do that for 25 years.

I am certainly not affluent or someone who has fished the Tweed, but I get a coffee and a biscuit when in, and often spend time chatting and being made very welcome.

However, I entirely agree with the clothing and Dog side of things. The fishing seems to have been pushed out a little, and I know that's from HQ, not the managers that have tried to increase the tackle area. That has been a real shame.

I really feel for those who are about to lose their jobs, absolutely gutted for them.

 Itís a sad day when a local institution like Orvis closes, and I particularly feel for my good friend and Orvis Banchory manager Scott Rutherford. Great guy and I hope he gets sorted with something very soon.
 
 But as has been commented on many times over the last few years, the Orvis fishing section was getting smaller and smaller, and internet sales for clothing/country wear were dwarfing shop sales.

 Just for your benefit Rob, be a little bit careful when youíre stating your view of the Loop warranty please. Customer service and warranty is a crucial part of Loop.

 All our rods are LIFETIME warranty. If you break one in the first year, and we donít care if your dog has eaten it, youíll get a new section FREE either same day from one of our Loop centres such as Insch or TwinPeakes at Milton of Crathes. If you cannot get to a Loop Centre, itíll be sent out next day delivery again FREE of charge. If youíre on a local water, weíll deliver it that day if possible!

 After the first year, no matter how you break it, you will get a new section same day or next day. Should we not have a section immediately available, and the chances are tiny, weíll give you an equivalent Loop rod to use until your section comes in.
 If there is a manufacturer defect, the replacement will be free. If it breaks by any other way, there will be a nominal service charge. That is lifetime!

 You do not need to send the rod away, you are fishing again immediately.

 We have dozens of demo rods from our ranges at our centres, that can be fished with for the whole day with a customers lines or ours, at Insch or on the river. We want customers getting a proper fishing experience with a potential new rod, and they can make an easier decision like that.

 David.

 

Hamish Young

Re: Orvis Banchory
« Reply #78 on: October 17, 2020, 18:19:15 PM »
When I became aware of the imminent closure of the Banchory store it galvanised my decision making processes.

Last week I advised Orvis HQ that I would be leaving the Orvis Endorsed Guide (OEG) programme when the doors close at Banchory.

It's been fun on the whole being an OEG and I've seen some great gear come (and go :!) over the past 15 years or so, but I have other priorities these days - especially with a precocious 6 year old demanding I take him fishing more often... what have I created :? :! :z7 - so it's time to move on and the closure of the most northern store seems like the time to go.

I intend to be there on the last day the store is open, work and COVID permitting.

H

Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience ;)

Nigel Passmore

Re: Orvis Banchory
« Reply #79 on: October 19, 2020, 11:24:56 AM »
There was an exception during the Ben Dixon era in the Orvis shop and I believe the latest staff did try but orders from up on high are just that. They have just never really gone after the huge market that is the non salmon angler, or at least the non rich salmon angler.


Euan

Does anyone know what Ben is up to these days? I haven't seen him for years.

Regards

NHP

Mike Barrio

Re: Orvis Banchory
« Reply #80 on: October 19, 2020, 11:54:46 AM »
Does anyone know what Ben is up to these days? I haven't seen him for years.

Regards
NHP
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Nigel Passmore

Re: Orvis Banchory
« Reply #81 on: October 19, 2020, 13:57:16 PM »
Thanks for letting me know.

Regards

NHP

Allan Liddle

Re: Orvis Banchory
« Reply #82 on: October 20, 2020, 08:31:17 AM »
Really sad to hear this and i feel for the staff and good friend Scott.
It's always sad when a tackle shop closes.

Hamish Young

Re: Orvis Banchory
« Reply #83 on: October 31, 2020, 07:28:32 AM »
31st October (as I type that's today :!) is the last day at Orvis Banchory folks.

I hear that the shelves are well-thinned, but may yet be worth a visit before the doors close for the last time :z16
Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience ;)

Hamish Young

Re: Orvis Banchory
« Reply #84 on: November 06, 2020, 05:47:06 AM »


I had this photo sent through to me by Scott of the sun settling down behind the store which is now very firmly closed. Seemed like a fitting way to close off the thread.

H
Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience ;)

 




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