According to the practice of the former owner of the trade name, as well as the current owners, it's ALPA, not Alpa.
- But according to the practice of Sanyo (makers of fridges, cellphones, and yes, even cameras) it's not Sanyo but SANYO. Well, I don't say that my phone is an Ess-aye-en-why-oh, and so I ignore Sanyo's desire to make its name more CONSPICUOUS and I write "Sanyo". I've heard people talking about Alpas (sounding rather like those mountains); I've never heard people talking about Aye-ell-pee-ayez. And therefore I'd also give "Alpa", uh, "the 'Sanyo' treatment".
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- Our miscellaneous minor disagreements notwithstanding, thank you for your excellent work! -- Hoary 21:54, 3 June 2006 (EDT)
Two quibbles with your history. The Pignon factory in Switzerland had nothing to do with the SI 2000 & SI 3000 - they were made by Chinon for an American import. Most true ALAP users consider the SI2000 & SI3000 as not even true ALPAs.126.96.36.199 01:50, April 30, 2012 (UTC)
The 11A camera was not a "top seller" as it was part of a contract to the Swiss Post Office, and not "sold" per se. Top 11 seller would have to be the 11SI.188.8.131.52 01:50, April 30, 2012 (UTC)