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  • Jelco Closing Its Doors After 100 Years

    Sadly it appears the Jelco is shutting its doors after 100 years of being in business. Apparently George Merrill received an email explaining their decision including: old people, old equipment, aged leadership, Covid and declining profitability. Damn. That sucks.
    JELCO Ichikawa jewel manufactures precision tonearm, cables, connectors and accessories,
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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  • #2
    More confirmation.
    This morning I received an email from Simon Brown designer and manufacturer of the innovative The Wand tonearm and new The Wand turntable telling me that Jelco tonearm's parent company Ichikawa Jewel Co. Ltd had announced it would be shutting down the business.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
    ________________________________________

    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    • #3
      When I was in the design phase on what I wanted, Jelco seemed to always be on the list.

      Maybe something will come good out of it?
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      • #4
        Jelco was a large part of my 'analog upbringing' so to speak. My first high end rig had a Sumiko FT3 arm (Jelco). Linn's arms were all made by Jelco until they brought the Ekos SE production in house and im not so sure Jelco ceased supplying components for them--until now.


        A great challenge of life: Knowing enough to think you are right, but not knowing enough to know when when you are wrong - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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        • Joe Pittman
          Joe Pittman commented
          Editing a comment
          As a sidebar, I saw the Ekos work area when I toured Linn years ago. Now that I think about it, maybe they just did Ekos repair there. A fellow demonstrated the swing arm test to me, but I couldn't take pictures. I was using the Ekos on my Linn at the time and thought they were assembled there. So maybe I had a Jelco and didn't know it...

        • Steve Lefkowicz
          Steve Lefkowicz commented
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          I've never heard that Jelco built all the Linn arm before the Ekos. I had heard that the Ittok was built by Denon Parts Company of Japan. That is not the same Denon that builds stereo gear.

        • Rob
          Rob commented
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          A quick google search does indeed bring up Denon Parts Company for the Ittok and presumably the Ekos. The Basik and Akito arms were Jelco. The Linn forums which are now erased from their site stated the Ekos SE was in-house. save for the titanium arm tube the Ekos I & II are otherwise identical in outward appearance to the SE.

      • #5
        COVID-19 and the country with the highest percentage of people within 15 years of life expectancy was a fatal combination. Very sad.
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        • #6
          I'm going to assume this is the first of many to follow.

          Sad indeed.

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