Well, first of all I am not a Pro. I have been on the Silver Staff for several years, which I tell folks means I am a "Promotional" Staff Shooter. I most recently shot Open B in the ASA format. I started "informally" representing Martin back when Jake worked there. I was converting some pre-Nitrous bows over, a 99 Fury for one, and established some rapport with Jake talking through measurements, etc. for my conversions and parts requests. I won a few local events with that rig, and also converted my daughter's Tiger to Nitrous A cams, and she won the State ASA at Junior Eagle with that. Since I was a "lone ranger" Martin shooter with no shops carrying Martin anywhere near me, Jake sent me some shirts for myself and my daughter. Once I started wearing the shirts to the events, other shooters started sending people with questions about Martin bows to me.
Originally Posted by CarlosII
In the last 5 years, I have probably facilitated better than a dozen warranty issues by sending people to Joel, and have on occasion swapped out limbs for people I know since there are no Martin shops around. I hope I have been succesful in selling a few bows for Martin as well, although I am sure I would sell much more if Nitrous cams were still around, since that is what I tend to shoot and win with.
I did sign an Agreement with Martin to stay on the Silver Staff for 2013. I am far down the totem pole in priority, so I generally do not receive my staff shooter bow until later in the year, generally about April. I have my 2012 Scepter V to shoot with this year, so I am set.
Since I am not a Pro, I am not concerned about contingency money, and am not looking to find another bow company. I haven't had any big national wins, but am pretty competitive on the local circuits in North and Central Georgia, and typically win a few every year and am usually near the top in my class.
I shoot Martin for all the reasons stated in my earlier post, not because they gave me the best deal or will give me the most money if I win something. I hope they will still honor my Agreement for the coming year, and allow me to get the 2013 bow I ordered on the Silver Staff shooter terms, and I hope that, whether they sell or not, that the Martin Archery company will continue with quality folks like Joel and turn out great bows that I will be glad to promote.
I think it is a little humorous how so many people see the announcement that Martin is for sale is somehow an indication that "the business is failing." Businesses are bought and sold all the time. Sometimes things keep moving along without any dramatic changes in the product line and customer service, sometimes there are major changes. We will never know until it happens. As said above, if they do sell and no one in the family remains involved, I hope it will simply be a continuation of the current business model with some tweaks and upgrades. Hopefully it won't be a "buy the name, scrap the business" deal, but we really have no way of knowing. At present, I am still a Martin Silver Staff shooter until they tell me otherwise.
Last edited by dgmeadows; 01-16-2013 at 02:20 PM.
Martin/Rytera Silver Staff Shooter - current arsenal 2011 Rytera Alien Z; 2010 Martin ShadowCat converted to NosX; 2007 Martin Pantera; 2005 Martin Cougar 3; 1999 Martin Fury (2); 1999 Martin Rage Twin Limb XRG; my kids shoot Martin Tigers, oh and a PSE Sierra Hunter Recurve (anybody got a 50# Martin Aurora so I can get this PSE outahere ???)