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Post# 103820   7/20/2010 at 10:49 (3,502 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

This listing, entitled "KIRBY CLASSIC OMEGA UPRIGHT VACUUM w TOOLS + HOSE" is of course not a Classic at all but a much older Model 3C.

I had been keeping my eye on the listing because it has an original Kirby box and what appears to be a really nice early bag, although not an original black 3C bag - it's a gray bag from the 509-512 models.

Anyway, I wondered why the seller cut off the photo instead of showing the entire machine with the top of the handle. Then someone posted a question asking about the bag and the seller answered, "No holes except for a little fraying up at the top of the bag where the little piece of wood piece that connects to the handle to hold the bag up."

Okay, "what's wrong with this picture?" Well, there is no "little piece of wood" that connects the bag to the handle. There's an aluminum collar that slips across the top of the bag, hidden by the top cuff, and attached to that is a chrome chain that hooks onto the handle. So this bit about a "wooden piece" makes me think the bag has been jerry-rigged somehow.

Also, there's a mishmosh of attachments, and some sort of white or light gray replacement cord has been crudely spliced with black tape onto a short length of dark-gray cord.

Finally, the item description is bloated with a bunch of nonsensical rambling about "corporate lackeys" and Farberware and a lot of other stuff that sounds like disconnected non sequiturs.

All in all, even with the nice bits, it seems a mess. The winning bid on it is almost $200.00. I hope the winner isn't disappointed when they get this machine.

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Post# 103831 , Reply# 1   7/20/2010 at 16:14 (3,502 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Charles -

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Some Westinghouses and (I think) Royals had a wooden support piece under the fold-over bag flap at the top, where it connected to a chain (or collar, etc.). SO it's probably some bag that somebody cobbled together. The entire ad screams "Run away as fast as you can!"

Post# 103843 , Reply# 2   7/20/2010 at 17:52 (3,502 days old) by scvacuumguy (SC)        

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Sounds more like a rant than a sales pitch. I have a feeling that "young and foolish" vacuum repair shop owner has a nice story about an "old and obnoxious" man that came in recently for a belt.

Post# 103852 , Reply# 3   7/20/2010 at 19:09 (3,502 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        


Post# 103966 , Reply# 4   7/22/2010 at 00:57 (3,500 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The rambling in the description is BS!!!Stay away from this one!!EROOK strikes again.Never heard of retail store sales of Kirbys.

Post# 103972 , Reply# 5   7/22/2010 at 01:39 (3,500 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        

Well, he is talking about the "R" series Kirbys in the 1930s - four of them, corresponding to the four "C" models and also an earlier Scott & Fetzer Sanitation System - they were sold in department stores, and the power switch was in the handle. (And I assume he got this info from my web site)

Post# 103993 , Reply# 6   7/22/2010 at 09:48 (3,500 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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The other vacuum he has listed as a Classic Omega looks like a Classic III to me. It also has the F&G bag setup.

Post# 104310 , Reply# 7   7/26/2010 at 02:07 (3,496 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Gulp. This turkey sold for over $180 dollars to some fish. Say, maybe that BS, rambling description worked.

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