New company will trade as STP/Vestax but is headed up by Vestax founder Hidesato Shiino
was a time in the early 00s when Vestax's PDX turntable range were
the only serious rivals to the Technics SL-1200's domination of the
DJ sector. So with the recently revived SL-1200 now known to be
selling for a whopping £4K, there will no doubt be many DJs
rejoicing at the news that, as FACT
reports, Vestax - which went bankrupt in 2014 - is coming back.
Shiino, who founded Vestax in 1977, is currently running a guitar
repair company called Paco 1977. But now he's announced, via Paco
1977's blog, that he's
re-entering the vinyl platter business, saying: "I would like to
... spread to the DJ world that I seriously considered restarting the
VESTAX of 2002, but large-scale mass production of new units is not
possible. However, I have decided to release and sell the first of a
range of products from March 2016. I plan to produce limited
quantities for direct sale to end-users.
my purpose is not commercial-level output, I will release a mixer
rebranded as STP/VESTAX with our VESTAX image, in order to support
and keep our global VESTAX fans. There is significant experienced
thought behind the development and production of this mixer. In 2016
we will announce a range of new acoustic products such as a power
amplifier, signal devices, turntable, SP system and pre-amplifiers.
We think that no matter how the music world is changing, there will
always be real die-hard music lovers."