May I assume the ATA is the 'BIG SHOW' of the archery year?
I know a lot of folks put store in what this guy has to say about archery and archery products; I do too, I enjoy his efforts and his honesty. Honesty can, at times, sure hurt though. If you've the time to watch this video of Ike's, you might want to pay attention to what Martin and Strother's Archery have in common.
In the sprit of full disclosure, let me admit I'm more a fan of this Martin Forum and the good and helpful, giving folks here then I am of Martin Archery, having so recently just gotten my first ever Martin bow. So far, I'm happy with my purchase, it's doing all I wanted or expected it to do, but so far I'm just a one-time customer, not a loyal or longtime, dedicated Martin believer/customer. But, all I've learned of Gail Martin and the wonderful company he founded in just this short while; it's certainly a company I'd like to see survive and prosper, as I know a lot of you more dedicated Martin fans surely do. I hope they do/have gotten the leadership shakeup Ike's video so vividly shows they are in need of. To go to the 'Big Show' without having your products as 'spit and polished' as they can possibly be is like a team going into the Super Bowl on no practice and a beer and taco diet since the playoffs, and expecting to be competitive. (Disclosure; I am a PSE/Shepley fan.) Note what Ike has to say about PSE and it's DNA; think that sucker was that good; quiet and smooth, right off the shelf? I think, rather, that a team of PSE professionals had that bow tuned and balanced to perfection! They and other companies were there ready and willing to compete at the BIG SHOW. I hope Martin is so again soon.
Folks, I'm not posting to be 'down' on Martin, it's just that I ran into that a while back and found it rather discouraging. "It's a pore man can't brag up his own stuff." was a saying of my old man's. Naturally, I'd like to be proud of my Martin; sure a smart buyer, I am! And, I'd like the company so many of you think so much of to survive and prosper into the future. Ignoring problems won't get 'em there. For gosh sakes, how many of you forum members could have at least set their bows up good enough for Ike to shoot at ten feet, or whatever distance they manage at the ATA show? I hope you all don't think me out of line bringing this up but, really, amateurish and unprepared is not the way to compete in the 'Big Show', nor to run a business. For more dedicated Martin enthusiast than I, I hope Martin gets it's ducks in a row.