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#373301 - 10/22/13 11:38 AM GEM Factory Abandoned
Duane O Offline
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Registered: 01/24/10
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Loc: Sacramento, California, USA
GEM Parts are sitting at the abandoned factory in Italy. In this video (it's in Italian) there appears to still be millions of dollars of keyboards, assemblies, circuit boards, schematics ... brand new parts still wrapped up in boxes just rotting away in the building, which apparently is being pilfered. It's sad to watch this video. Someone could buy the parts for pennies on the dollar and sell on Ebay

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#373554 - 10/26/13 01:18 AM Re: GEM Factory Abandoned [Re: Duane O]
Nigel Offline
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Thanks for posting this. A very sad end to what was a great company.

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#375543 - 11/17/13 08:53 AM Re: GEM Factory Abandoned [Re: Nigel]
diegodure Offline
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Registered: 10/25/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Buenos Aires Argentina
As a new user sorry GEM passing something. The quality of the instrument is fantastic. It would be good to get the parts as spares for users who need it.

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#375554 - 11/17/13 11:01 AM Re: GEM Factory Abandoned [Re: Duane O]
rosetree
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Now I begin to understand why Musicstore Cologne (musicstore.de) is still listing the GEM RP-X (on request currently, even used to be on stock until some months ago). They seem to have someone sneaking into the abandoned factory and assembling them ;-)

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#380227 - 01/01/14 09:55 AM Re: GEM Factory Abandoned [Re: ]
Bachus Offline
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Registered: 03/02/06
Posts: 4957
The wx2 was probably the best they ever build..

And their virtual pianos with drake technollogy where the best ...


Most of the expertise joined ketron, the ketron audio styles where actually a GEM development that got transfered when the engineers left GEM to join Ketron...

The next ketron instruments could have high end sounds based on the drake engine, who knows?


Its a sad thing to see a company in such a state.... They never went broke, they just closed their doors.. If they would have gone bankrupt, all that stuff would have been vendored...
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#380596 - 01/05/14 07:08 AM Re: GEM Factory Abandoned [Re: Bachus]
Duane O Offline
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Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 94
Loc: Sacramento, California, USA
Competing in a world market is a tough proposition. GEM US website is still up. The GEM site in Italy doesn't respond. Their registration expires on Feb 15, 2014 http://whois.domaintools.com/generalmusic.com

Duane
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#380782 - 01/07/14 06:06 AM Re: GEM Factory Abandoned [Re: Duane O]
rosetree
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You can still buy the GEM RP-X piano module at Musicstore Cologne. Curious where they get them...


Edited by rosetree (01/07/14 06:07 AM)

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#385158 - 02/24/14 01:39 PM Re: GEM Factory Abandoned [Re: ]
danielbordeiu Offline
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Registered: 11/13/13
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Loc: Rogaland, Norway
not anymore... frown
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