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#1 JimBartell

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 12:00 PM

Last Thursday was the 10th anniversary of the shipping of the first BFD's. Damn. When I designed this thing I thought I'd sell a hundred, maybe three hundred tops. As of Friday it was 1371 and sales are as strong as ever.

I just wanted to say a great big "THANK YOU" to everyone who has helped and supported me in this with all the kind words and recommendations to your peers. With your help the BFD is in use on every continent (except Antartica, those penguins are so snobby) and in over 50 countries. Your support has allowed me to avoid having to get a "real job" for 10+ years and to hang out in my garage and watch L & O/CSI reruns for hours every day. Basically, my idea of paradise.

Next get together, drinks are on me. Especially if it is in Ron Baldwin's back yard and he is providing the beer.

Jim "actually watching Law & Order while typing this" Bartell
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#2 Joshua Harrison

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 12:05 PM

Congrats! A no small part of your success is of course you, and you excellent customer service. Keep it up and the next ten years you'll sell even more :)


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#3 David Allen Grove

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 12:21 PM

Congratulations Jim!

I second Josh's statements.

Perhaps you could sponsor the next Steadicam Guild gathering next month to celebrate? ;)

Happy owner of 2 BFD's. (Don't remember the serial numbers.. but they are in the double digits.)
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#4 Alan Dague-Greene

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 12:27 PM

What? No mention of a 10th Anniversary Special Edition Signature Series? You know, something in titanium, with an engraved autograph, in a velvet-lined case? Pimp my BFD.

Thanks Jim!
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#5 JobScholtze

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 05:50 PM

What? No mention of a 10th Anniversary Special Edition Signature Series? You know, something in titanium, with an engraved autograph, in a velvet-lined case? Pimp my BFD.

Thanks Jim!

Funny, i should mention that the BFD was used on antartica by me. So i guess its global now
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#6 Kevin Andrews SOC

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 06:55 PM

My BFD was used on the "Italian Job", but not by me.

Happy to have it in my kit.

Thanks!
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#7 Kelsey W. Smith

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 09:12 PM

I have to say, a great product but more important...... great service! Thanks for both!!

Keep up the great work Jim!

Kelsey W.
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#8 nick franco

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 09:47 PM

Congratulations Jim! I wish you continued success and all the beer Ron will buy you.
Nick "not talking to the penguins anymore" Franco
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#9 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 11:21 PM

Last Thursday was the 10th anniversary of the shipping of the first BFD's. Damn. When I designed this thing I thought I'd sell a hundred, maybe three hundred tops. As of Friday it was 1371 and sales are as strong as ever.

I just wanted to say a great big "THANK YOU" to everyone who has helped and supported me in this with all the kind words and recommendations to your peers. With your help the BFD is in use on every continent (except Antartica, those penguins are so snobby) and in over 50 countries. Your support has allowed me to avoid having to get a "real job" for 10+ years and to hang out in my garage and watch L & O/CSI reruns for hours every day. Basically, my idea of paradise.



Awesome Jim! I remember when you were starting out on this project, IIRC you used one of my Hedens to dial in the Motor amp!

Congrats and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!
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#10 JensSchroeder

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 02:20 AM

Congrats Jim, in my humble oppinion your BFD is like you and vice versa. Cool, nice, helpful, reliable, having fun to hang around and play with :lol: :lol: .

Thanks for everything.

Cheers, jens
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#11 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 11:45 AM

Congratulations Jim! Very few businesses survive their first few years and making it to ten is a testament to you designing and building a great product, delivering on-time every time and of course the exceptional customer service... not to mention those great Hawaiian shirts you wear!

You're not just a manufacturer, you're a friend and we're all better because you are!

Robert
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#12 Gus Trivino

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 02:51 PM

Congrats Jim!

10 years is a good excuse to design a BFD T-shirt!! ;)
Best to all,

Gus ( 413, 514, 835, 894 BFD owner)
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#13 Christopher T. Paul- SOC

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 04:01 PM

Congrats Jim!

My two units are 7+ years old and still going strong!

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#14 Richard W. Davis

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 05:30 PM

Congrats Jim! Awesome accomplishment! Awesome product.... Awesome customer service... Awesome guy. Gonna stop before your head gets too big.

Best,

Rich Davis
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Posted 18 October 2009 - 05:40 PM

Congratulations Jim!
A great product,great support and all around nice guy.
All the best
Louis ownes 8 BFD's and loving them Puli .
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