Jelco throws in the towel ...

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Jelco throws in the towel ...

Post by mrco99 » 2020-05-13 08:17

After having been in business for 100 years, tonearm maker Jelco has decided to close down.

Tipping point have been the economical consequenses of the corona pandemic, but also the - relative high - age of their employers and old machinery.

https://www.stereo.de/artikel/jelco-schliesst-die-tore

Sad to see such a famed company go.
Looks like Linn has to find an alternative producer of their Majik tonearm?
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Post by Charlie1 » 2020-05-13 09:07

Back to ProJect or an alternative like Rega? Or should they resurrect the Basik?

Anyone know why they ditched ProJect in the first place?

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Post by Defender » 2020-05-13 12:23

Matteo was also sending a link in another discussion yesterday. Its sad news as that is also bad for some of the OEM companies that used products from Jelco - but maybe one of those is taking them over. However less companies means less competition and that means prices are usually going up.
Another issue for those with the Jelco arm is there is also no service possible anymore.

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Post by ThomasOK » 2020-05-13 15:37

They went with Jelco because it offers better performance for less money and Linn were able to get a customized version to their specs. Also because a number of people, including some dealers, didn't like the ProJect arm nor the idea of having a ProJect piece on an LP12. As to bringing the Basik back, I don't believe the company who made Linn's original Japanese sourced arms is still in business (but I could be wrong). It is sad to see them go as they were one of the few still making good, relatively inexpensive arms. It will be interesting to see what this means for the Majik LP12 as having a reasonably priced arm is important to keeping the price down.
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Post by Charlie1 » 2020-05-13 15:42

What are the realistic options do you think then Tom?

Didn't realise the Basik was outsourced.

What about a cheaper Akito (with a different name) assembled in Scotland? It's gonna bump up the cost but Linn would have more control and it would be a genuine Linn arm.

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Post by ThomasOK » 2020-05-13 19:12

All the original Linn arms were outsourced: Ittok LVII (named after Mr. Ito who helped design it), all Basik versions and original Akito. I believe they were all made by Denon Parts Company (no relation to Denon Hi-Fi) which I don't think exists any longer. I really don't know if Linn has the ability to make a $1000 arm in Scotland. I also don't know enough about who is making good inexpensive arms out there other than Rega. Maybe Linn could get Rega to build an OEM arm for them with Linn arm mount, adjustable height and plug in arm cable but it would be quite a departure from anything they make now so I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Post by Charlie1 » 2020-05-14 16:01

I suppose they don't have to have a Majik level arm. They could simply use the Akito. Gonna whack up the entry point though. I wonder how tempted they are - do away with all that agro and help minimise the product line.

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Re: Jelco throws in the towel ...

Post by Tony Tune-age » 2020-05-14 19:49

mrco99 wrote:
2020-05-13 08:17
After having been in business for 100 years, tonearm maker Jelco has decided to close down.
Wow, that's unfortunate! They certainly were a good tonearm maker, and I didn't know Jelco was in business for 100 years. Many audio companies have never, or will never last that long!
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Basikally an ADC

Post by Ron The Mon » 2020-05-16 00:54

ThomasOK wrote:
2020-05-13 15:37
As to bringing the Basik back, I don't believe the company who made Linn's original Japanese sourced arms is still in business (but I could be wrong).
The Basik used many off-the-shelf parts from the ADC ALT-1 tonearm. Those include arm-tube, headshell attachment clamp/tube, bearings, arm rest extension, arm lift, anti-skate dial and assembly, several screws, and internal wiring.

The removable headshell on the LVX uses the ADC plastic insert and cartridge tags but the aluminum headshell is a LInn-only machined part.

There are a half-dozen companies currently selling ADC replacement headshells for around $20. They all fit a Linn Basik in case anyone is trying to source a replacement.

Linn were forced to stop making the Basik arms after Audio Dynamics Corporation went out of business.

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