Shadowman82 wrote:Yes yes the fact that they had to start from scratch explains why the new Technics turntables cost so much more but it doesn't explain why they can only manufacture so few at a time . Assuming they use similar manufacturing equipment as they did with the old ones shouldn't they be able to make them as fast as the old ones ?
Well there may be a market for turntables again, but nothing like in the 1970s and 1980s.
I expect Panasonic is manufacturing for what they believe is the demand for the product. As there is some risk for Panasonic (if it turns out they guessed high on demand) I can see them being cautious. They may well have guessed low, but you are never going to see the volume of production that existed 30 years ago. Similar equipment is not the "same" equipment, which means investing capital on new equipment. Back to that "guess" on demand: You should also expect this production to be less automated than back in the day. You need higher volumes to justify investing more capital into manufacturing equipment when you could get away with manual processes for lower volumes. I am just happy as heck they are doing this at all.