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Post# 386567   2/22/2018 at 15:20 by frostyvac (Missouri, USA)        

Hey everyone, new member here!

I've been lurking these past few weeks and finally settled on a username. After suppressing my vacuum obsession for many years with other hobbies, it's been sparked again recently with the knowledge of the Vacuum Museum in St. James, Missouri.

I'm sure you know, but if you don't, oh my.

I never imagined such place, and surely as a kid my mom would've had to leave me as a full-time volunteer! Back then a Kirby Classic III was my first love, following an Electrolux Silverado Deluxe 1505, Diamond Jubilee 1521, Discovery, Kirby Heritage... okay enough! More about the museum!

I went on Saturday so I couldn't tour the Tacony factory or view certain vacs, but that didn't matter, I was so ecstatic about being there I could barely function.

After walking in and being greeted, I couldn't help but explain my obsession.

Immediately Tom, the museum curator, noticed and asked about my vacuum history.

After gawking and and talking with Tom about the collection for hours, he shows me a newer machine from his collection. After a quick demo, he says he'd like me to keep it.

SAY WHAT?! YES! He gave me a vac from his personal collection!

Not only was I in shock from the museum, but now this?! WHAT A DAY!

I've been cleaning all week, falling in love again.

I can't wait to make another trip to the museum to see more!

Enough rambling, let's see pictures! Thanks again Tom, loving this tandem design!

BONUS 360 PHOTOS! I'll take more next time, or maybe even video!


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Post# 386571 , Reply# 1   2/22/2018 at 16:15 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        
Hey Dalton

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It was so good meeting you this past Saturday. How fortuitous that you guys arrived just after my husband Donnie and I were finished with lunch. Donnie only comes in one day a week, so we can have lunch together, and he was also happy to meet both of you.

I love when Vacuum Collectors visit the Museum. Like you, they have lots of questions. I think it's awesome when I get to share the best part of our mutual collecting hobby Turning the machines ON and letting folks get a feel for them is the best.

Sure hope you can come back for the Vacuum Collectors Convention in June of this year. 14 - 16.
There is no cost to come to the convention. It's always a good time, and best of all, you don't have to bring any vacuums with you. They're all here already.

Post# 386573 , Reply# 2   2/22/2018 at 17:27 by walterdj85 (Pinetop arizona)        
i am a member only 1 month old

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hey dalton my names walter i am 32 but still young at heart and just got into the vacuum cleaner scene if you will. I used to live in missouri but now live in arizona . I have a proteam electrolux upright and a riccar 8955 that i fixed myself. I want to have myown little bisness fixing vacuums out of my garage. love to chat.

Post# 386579 , Reply# 3   2/22/2018 at 19:43 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
what vacuum did you get?

Can't see the pictures, wondering what vacuum Tom gave you. My name is Mike and I'm also in Missouri, Saint Louis to be exact. Welcome to the forum. I made my first trip to the museum in August of 2015 and it was like utopia, I had never seen so many vacuums, I've always liked them but just started collecting them about 3 years ago, and soon I will have vacuum number 50, a barely used and in great condition Ritello. Again, welcome, there are lots of good people here and lots of knowledge to be gained.

Post# 386603 , Reply# 4   2/22/2018 at 23:20 by Dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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I met Mike a little more than three years ago. From the very beginning I knew we were going to be friends. While Mike might be blind, He can see the vacuums clearly from the sound they make when they run. Mike has a number of machines from the vacuum museum that are all unique in the way they sound. Mike is the definite engineer, always wanting to try different machines with different attachments. Cannot wait to get all the water vacuum cleaners together in June. From the rainbow, the hyla, the delphin, the ocean blue, the pro aqua, the vivenso, the quantum, the ritello renaissance edition, the big power and the robot, they all tell their story and how they operate with the separator and 2 quarts of water. Wet dust canít fly, and moist air is healthy for you. No loss of power or airflow. 100% suction, 100% of the time. You never store the dirt in it, or on it. You put the machine away as clean As your dishes. the power of water compels you honey. Come to this convention and be baptized and saved at the same time

Post# 386621 , Reply# 5   2/23/2018 at 11:38 by frostyvac (Missouri, USA)        

@walterdj85 Hi Walter! Nice to meet you. I actually have some family in Arizona, love it there! I want to get another Electrolux upright so bad, one day!

@n0oxy Hey Mike! It's a Riccar Brilliance in a silver metallic! My first truly sealed HEPA system & tandem design! I was in a complete daze at the museum, I will never forget that day! On a side note, I'm very interested in your new water vacs. I didn't know about the Quantum until your recent post! I've never handled one first hand, it's definitely on my bucket list if you will, haha.

@Dysonman1 I can't wait until the convention Tom! I'm sure I'll be in the same state as I was in the museum, will be so much fun! Super excited about these water vacs, still need to try one out! Bring it on!

Post# 386626 , Reply# 6   2/23/2018 at 12:31 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
riccar bbrilliance and using other attachments

I'm a canister only person but I'm sure that Riccar brilliance is a good machine, Tacoony makes their products very well and if someone was looking for an upright, I would definitely suggest one of their's.
Yes, I enjoy pairing my machines with other attachments than they came with, it's interesting to see the results of these tests and in many cases doing this can improve the cleaning experience. I know some collectors prefer to only use the attachments that a machine comes with in order to get the experience that the manufacturer intended and that's fine. But for me, if I can do something to allow a machine to clean better or make it easier to use, than I'm all for it.
I'm definitely a big fan of the water vacs as long as they have a separator. The Quantum is a great machine for the price.
I love to see how different vacuums sound, I really like the sound of two stage motors, actually the water vacs sound very similar to two stage motors also because the motors are large. I don't like the screaming jet sounding motors that are so common now.

Post# 386639 , Reply# 7   2/23/2018 at 17:05 by frostyvac (Missouri, USA)        

Mike, I totally agree with you on the attachment mix match forefront for our personal use, why not? Haha

I was mostly raised with uprights, but I miss having a canister. I love the tandem design they have on this Riccar, but imagine a Volt PN on a canister of your choice!

Tom has me thinking about all of this interchangeability! Haha

I look forward to you showing your Quantum and Hyla in June!

Post# 386642 , Reply# 8   2/23/2018 at 17:57 by walterdj85 (Pinetop arizona)        
hey i have a water vacuum hyla gst

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hey dude my email is if u wanna talk

Post# 386643 , Reply# 9   2/23/2018 at 19:00 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

This thread brought such a smile to my face! Tom, you impacted a life so positively! Mike, you amaze me with all of your knowledge and wonderful posts! With all that is going on these days it is so nice to see the kindness of others! I want to try and make this years convention in June. Is there a hotel recommendation? Hope all is well!


Post# 386661 , Reply# 10   2/24/2018 at 03:00 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have a Riccar "Brilliance" vacuum that looks like the one shown-mine is a deep blue color.Those a VERY good vacuums!

Post# 386665 , Reply# 11   2/24/2018 at 07:46 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
hotels and convention

The convention is awesome, this year will be my third one, think I will end up bringing a few water vacs, between my collection and Tom's we should have all of them for everyone to see. It's a great way to get together with others who are as passionate about vacuums as you are.
There are a few hotel options. I plan on staying at the Baymont in Rolla, there is also a super 8 in Rolla and an economy inn in St. James.

Post# 386693 , Reply# 12   2/24/2018 at 16:56 by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

Thanks Mike!

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