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    The end of Legacy plug-in upgrade offers?

    Just got a mail from UA saying:

    "Dear UAD User,

    At the end of this month we will be ending the-long standing UA Legacy plug-in upgrade offer. But before we do we want to give you one last chance to save.

    Now through January 31st, you can Upgrade from your original 1176, Teletronix LA-2A, Pultec, and Fairchild Legacy plug-ins to the Collections for 99 € each when you use your 50 € January coupon
    ."

    Just to be clear: After January all Collections will always be 299 regardless of owning any Legacy version? If that case I'll never get the Pultec... I always waited it out to be less than 74 EURO, but it never happened - and now even the 99 seems steep (Christmas was expeeensive . Damn...

    EDIT: Wonder why they'd end this anyway? It always seemed such a friendly and peaceful offer.

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    I wonder what they're doing...I'm thinking maybe new upgrades are in the works, or something like that.

    I've ended up transitioning my pultec duties to waves and I actually just found the free PTEq-X plug in, which also sounds excellent.

    Have to save DSP for the A800, ATR102, La2a and 1176!
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    Same. I can buy myself one more plugin. Choosing between 1176 or fairchild.
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    Quote Originally Posted by De Pepper View Post
    Just got a mail from UA saying:

    "Dear UAD User,

    At the end of this month we will be ending the-long standing UA Legacy plug-in upgrade offer. But before we do we want to give you one last chance to save.

    Now through January 31st, you can Upgrade from your original 1176, Teletronix LA-2A, Pultec, and Fairchild Legacy plug-ins to the Collections for 99 € each when you use your 50 € January coupon
    ."

    Just to be clear: After January all Collections will always be 299 regardless of owning any Legacy version? If that case I'll never get the Pultec... I always waited it out to be less than 74 EURO, but it never happened - and now even the 99 seems steep (Christmas was expeeensive . Damn...

    EDIT: Wonder why they'd end this anyway? It always seemed such a friendly and peaceful offer.
    Got the email and came to post exactly what you have posted. I guess I wont be owning the pultec upgrade either, and IMO it doesn't make any sense at all to remove this customer friendly policy! Sure, it could be argued that you had x years to upgrade, but it was never said that these upgrade prices were temporary, and to now force us in a single month, right after most peoples excessive holiday spending, to either upgrade at a discount now or pay full price going forward is very odd. This sort of "price bullying" leaves a very bad taste in my mouth, and would have never expected it from UA. Tactics like these combined with the fact that native is getting MUCH better, and I'm starting to reconsider my UA purchases going forward.
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    Yeah I found this off-putting when I got that email a few minutes ago.

    I've never picked up the fairchild or Pultec upgrades... was waiting on a sale+coupon to bring fairchild below $75 because I'd love to have a mix knob on that, but if it's the end of upgrade pricing and $99 is the best they can do for me I'll let it go.
    Keep using parallel aux tracks to make my own mix knob. It's working for me just fine and I don't need to spend money on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gitaarwerk View Post
    Same. I can buy myself one more plugin. Choosing between 1176 or fairchild.
    Of course demo them and see which one you need, but IMO there are more native choices for 1176 or similar style compressors vs the fairchild. Again it sucks you are forced to choose between the two!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnTracks View Post

    was waiting on a sale+coupon to bring fairchild below $75 because I'd love to have a mix knob on that, but if it's the end of upgrade pricing and $99 is the best they can do for me I'll let it go.
    Keep using parallel aux tracks to make my own mix knob. It's working for me just fine and I don't need to spend money on that.
    Have you actually compared the "legacy" Fairchild to the mkII Fairchild???

    I'd say that you DO need to spend money on that. $99 ain't much compared to what you're getting in return. If I didn't already own the Fairchild collection, I'd be hard pressed to find a reason not to upgrade before it became 3x as much to do so.

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    Unless they have a really good plan I think it's an immensely stupid mistake to do that. It's already at the level where people question if it's worth the upgrade, especially with the good alternatives that are around these days. I think they will not only make less money this way but it will make the platform less attractive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGK_Dude View Post
    ...and to now force us in a single month, right after most peoples excessive holiday spending, to either upgrade at a discount now or pay full price going forward is very odd. This sort of "price bullying" leaves a very bad taste in my mouth, and would have never expected it from UA. Tactics like these combined with the fact that native is getting MUCH better, and I'm starting to reconsider my UA purchases going forward.
    This ^^^.

    Yes giving a a couple or three months warning would have helped, especially after all our holiday spending - including what we spent on family and friends. I suspect UA are stepping on their own company wallet by giving such short notice. It's not too late for them to reconsider the time frame.

    :- Don

    EDIT: In looking at the email, I realize the only MKII I don't have is the Pultec. I never use the legacy. Okay, watch me start using it how! Oh drat.
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    This sucks for people! Thanks God I upgraded everything so I have no worries (With exception of the Trident which I never purchased) but for anyone else its terrible. Something has got to be up! Maybe Gannon could shed some light on this one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Schenk View Post
    This ^^^.

    Yes giving a a couple or three months warning would have helped, especially after all our holiday spending - including what we spent on family and friends. I suspect UA are stepping on their own company wallet by giving such short notice. It's not too late for them to reconsider the time frame.

    :- Don

    EDIT: In looking at the email, I realize the only MKII I don't have is the Pultec. I never use the legacy. Okay, watch me start using it how! Oh drat.

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