Well, take a look at this! I’ve received a response from that Online Hose Supplier that I mentioned a post or two back. To see the earlier correspondences you will have to just scroll through the earlier posts. I’m too tired and lazy to link them, sorry. Here’s what that overseas supplier responded with:
Once again I thank you for your inquiry about the range of hoses that may suit your somewhat unique requirements.
Unfortunately I am unable to provide you with pictures of the hose and fittings I referred to in my last correspondance but I can assure you it is unlike any of the previously used hoses you’ve described. I don’t mean to be critical but I think that ,in the past, you have chosen lesser quality and much less reliable equipment than your quite specific requirements deserve.
As a sign of good faith, and to sate your curiosity, I have taken the liberty of arranging for a free 2 week trial of a second hand sample of the product and its associated attachements. Once I have received Customs clearance I will endeavour to ship these to your home address.
As the items mentioned are not new I trust you will handle all items with care.
Please do not hesitate to contact the writer should you require anything further.
He is, it seems, being honest and straightforward about the condition of the hose. At least he admits the hose is not new. That’s okay, since new hoses are incompatible with my pump. My pump is an older model, still in excellent condition, requires little mechanical maintenace, and performs better than many of the newer models, however, the newer hoses just don’t seem to have the staying power my pump requires. THS is also willing to provide a two week free trial. He must be confident of his product or his salesmanship, or maybe both.
This brings up a few questions though. Like, how free is free? What is the small print? Better yet, is there anything written in invisible ink I should be aware of? What I’m most curious about is the “associated attachments”. Sounds like there might be more to the bargain than a mere hose.