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    Jelco have announced that they are closing down their tonearm business with immediate effect. The decision has been made for business reasons, as stated in their letter to dealers, reproduced below:

    It is with deepest regret to inform you this sad announcement.

    The novel corona virus pandemic continue to have a significant impact on our production lines, and so I have decided to terminate our business effective immediately.

    For the past few years, the business has endured a decline in labor productivity due to health issues arising from our aging skilled engineers. Furthermore, due to our obsolete mechanical equipment, performing maintenance on them has become difficult.

    I sincerely ask for your understanding on the following points:

    •No new orders will be accepted.

    •Repair of products will not be accepted.

    I would like to thank everyone for their warm support that was extended to us throughout the years. I would also like to express in writing my deepest gratitude for your kindness and wish you all the best for your continued development.

    Sincerely yours,

    Takako Ichikawa
    President & CEO
    ICHIKAWA JEWEL CO.,LTD.
    What does this mean for us and for you? In short, once our existing stocks of Jelco products are gone, that’s it and there won’t be any more. Jelco leave a gaping hole in the lower/middle price point of the tonearm market and we are not quite sure how to fill it. But, we will try!

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    Sad news indeed, unfortunately I'm sure there will be many more similar announcements is that coming months.

    RIP Jelco

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    Yeah sad news indeed.
    Hope no one minds but will link this in the wam.

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    I am assuming this is just for Jelco branded Arms and not the OEM business???.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by graham67 View Post
    I am assuming this is just for Jelco branded Arms and not the OEM business???.....
    I suspect it's everything, but we shall have to wait and see

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    I would say it's the whole arm making business, the letter basically spells it out, they have an aging skilled workforce and obsolete manufacturing equipment, putting those 2 things together says it all, i'm surprised they haven't tried to sell the business on though


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    Sounds like a management fault then , No Apprenticeships offered , No infrastructure updateing , They dug their own grave
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    Sounds like a management fault then , No Apprenticeships offered , No infrastructure updateing , They dug their own grave
    the sad tale with all engineering

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    I'm also please I did not buy a arm knowing it was built with " our obsolete mechanical equipment, "
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    I'm also please I did not buy a arm knowing it was built with " our obsolete mechanical equipment, "
    Yet Jelco managed to turn out arms of the highest quality and Jelco users know that, so this remark is unfair. The 'obolete mechanical equipment' reference is simply an acknowledgement that Mrs Ichikawa felt there was no longer a business case for renewing it with long term production in mind. In any case, using old equipment should not stand in the way of excellent quality - ask any machinist using ancient lathes and milling machines, but the overall business case for Jelco is quite another matter.

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