Thread Number: 36542  /  Tag: Conventions, Mini-Meets, Parties
Kirby Avalir 2 Mini Meet
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Post# 391375   5/1/2018 at 10:34 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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I hosted a mini meet this past weekend. Lots of good food and good friends. Adam (adambomb on VL) our resident Kirby guru, brought his brand new Kirby Avalir 2.

We decided to take it for a ride.

I have a 1991 Kirby Generation 3, and to me, it's the same model they've made for the past 28 years now.

Here's Adam 'selling' us on the new Avalir. You just can't get Kirby salesmen to leave - LOL.

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Post# 391376 , Reply# 1   5/1/2018 at 10:36 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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We decided to go Head to Head with his brand new machine, and my 'old' one. They cleaned exactly the same - but the Generation 3 is easier to push (more powerful transmission).

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Post# 391377 , Reply# 2   5/1/2018 at 10:39 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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But you know me. Not one to sit by, I tool the Avalir 2 apart, and replaced most of the pieces on my Generation 3 with Avalir 2 parts. I made a "Gen - a - Lir"
When Kirby actually comes out with a new model, I'll try it. This color change stuff is for the birds.

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Post# 391378 , Reply# 3   5/1/2018 at 10:54 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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I sent the late Clay Floyd's Hoover 150 home with Adam. He'll appreciate it. He's not a Hoover snob but he really likes them. Clay's Hoover won a Best Restored blue ribbon back when the old VCCC used to be in existence, more than 20 years ago.

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Post# 391379 , Reply# 4   5/1/2018 at 10:59 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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New vacuum collector from the Ozarks, Dalton Frost with his Hoover from the late Clay Floyd and Bob Humphreys new Sanitaire also from the late Clay Floyd.

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Post# 391381 , Reply# 5   5/1/2018 at 11:00 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Adam's Avalir 2 and his new Rainbow.

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Post# 391383 , Reply# 6   5/1/2018 at 11:27 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Dalton also went home with the late Clay Floyd's custom Chrome Simplicity Freedom.

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Post# 391384 , Reply# 7   5/1/2018 at 11:35 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Dalton's gorgeous Lewyt model 40. This is the model that filter queen sued them over.

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Post# 391386 , Reply# 8   5/1/2018 at 12:21 by sleepdoc (St. Louis, MO)        

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Would love to have gone to that. I like the new Kirby, as far as I can tell from photos. I haven't seen one yet.

Post# 391569 , Reply# 9   5/5/2018 at 10:48 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
Oh the Irony

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Adam Mercer decided to use the Kirby Classic III, part of Stan Kann's collection, to clean the Dyson rug on the front porch. Stan didn't really like Kirbys, but accepted machines that were given to him with grace and class. He was always trying to find someone to take the Classic III off his hands, but never did.

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Post# 391570 , Reply# 10   5/5/2018 at 10:51 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Demonstrating the Air-Way Sanitizor Mark V to new friend Dalton Frost from Springfield, MO. Back in the days of the old VCCC, we used to do this all the time. How fun to share knowledge with new and interested collectors.

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Post# 391573 , Reply# 11   5/5/2018 at 11:23 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
Dinner Time

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We had Chicken Parmesan over a spicy tomato relish, home made Italian bread, steamed veggies, potatoes au gratin, and for desert - blueberry muffins with a streusel topping. There wasn't one bite left. Always fun to have a dinner party with vacuum friends.

From the left, myself and my husband Donnie, Chris and his boyfriend Adam (Adambomb on VL), Bob, Dalton and his boyfriend Austin.

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Post# 391577 , Reply# 12   5/5/2018 at 13:20 by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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Looks like a good time was bad by all...
And those blue cabinets in the kitchen look gorgeous!

Post# 391582 , Reply# 13   5/5/2018 at 16:18 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
wish I could have been there

Wish I could have been there but since driving is a problem for me, that would have been difficult, definitely looking forward to the convention in about a month, and it sounds like everyone was mostly focused on uprights this time and I'm a canister only guy, that dinner sounded amazing.

Post# 391621 , Reply# 14   5/7/2018 at 00:12 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Mike, you know I love canisters too. One of my most favorite vacuum cleaners to use of all is the general electric swivel top that was launched just in time for Christmas 1959. So over built it isnít funny, the motor in that machine will run for hundreds of years. The airflow is amazing.

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