Hi , just registered on your forum.
Back in the early 70's I was one of the original Hoover factory field engineers.
Around the mid 70's the name Dyson was buzzing around. We were told, rightly or wrongly, that he, Dyson, had tried to interest Hoover in his new suction cleaner idea.
But Hoover was locked on to the business model of selling consumables, bags/belts etc to their customers.
Us engineers found the Dyson concept and the build quality quite remarkable.
We warned at meetings that unless Hoover stopped churning out rubbish cleaners and washers, the name Hoover would simply become a generic term, like Biro.
But the company was run by accountants who could not factor in consumer brand loyalty. And the rest is history.
A number of my contemporaries jumped ship and worked for Dyson. At that time he was a hands on MD, and he hosted many a knees up at his UK pad.
Then he went to hide in Singapore- and again the rest is history. The build quality dropped and the prices skyrocketed.
I'm an old geezer now and fix stuff for my kids and grandkids. The DC 07 and DC14 all floors, in all, are as good as you'll find