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  • #16
    We can ill afford to lose any more manufacturers, but Lowrey's business practices were absolutely rotten.

    And don't get me started again on multicolour-illuminated-letters-over-the-keys.

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    • #17
      Ah, but now Wersi and Bohm will have to add those letters over the keys to tempt existing Lowrey owners!

      Steven Eaklor has said he's spoken to a colleague who has the letter and read it to him. Steven is one of the 'go to' sources of information and knowledge on American instruments. If he says it's true, I'll take his word for it.

      But..... I'd still like to see a copy of the letter, just as we did when Roland shut the doors, just to be 100% sure. Who knows, the name might be up for grabs for another maker to try..... but Kawai's technology almost certainly wouldn't be.
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      • #18
        Wonder if Kawai approached Susuki/Hammond about aquiring Lowrey??

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        • #19
          Originally posted by andyg View Post
          I'd still like to see a copy of the letter, just as we did when Roland shut the doors, just to be 100% sure. Who knows, the name might be up for grabs for another maker to try..... but Kawai's technology almost certainly wouldn't be.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by pipeorgan4321 View Post
            Wonder if Kawai approached Susuki/Hammond about aquiring Lowrey??
            The letter says that they 'tried mightily' to find a buyer and a colleague of mine who's worked for various makers in Japan has just said that Kawai have been trying to offload Lowrey for some years. Hammond Suzuki have a niche market, albeit one with some considerable competition these days, for the 'clonewheel organs' and keyboards. If that market ever became too saturated and they stopped making enough money from it, who knows what would happen.
            It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

            New website now live - www.andrew-gilbert.com

            Current organ: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition
            Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball something-or-other.
            Retired Leslies, 147, 145, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.

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            • #21
              How long before a shoddy Chinese organ-shaped-object shows up in some Gulf Coast strip mall store with the "Lowrey" nameplate?

              I have limited experience with current model Lowreys, but the few I've seen and played on have seemed rather decent. Even if the controls are obscure to this old guy who knows and prefers regular stop tabs and such, I do know that with some futzing you can get lovely organ sounds of all kinds out of them. And the service department people have been very nice and helpful when we needed something for a warranty repair.

              Sad to think that the music stores that continued to sponsor organ clubs and monthly champagne parties for their customers and prospects will be winding down, as the whole thing was of course sales driven, and with nothing left to sell, they may be little inclined to keep on having the regular parties. And to a few old organ nerds I know, those parties were the highlight of the month!
              John
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              • #22
                Originally posted by gregp View Post
                I was told this yesterday by a dealer friend in the US. Closing at the end of the year apparently.
                I verified with an ex-dealer friend. By end of year.
                Current: Roland AT-900/ATUP-EX, Rodgers 340 Century, Wersi CD700T Spectra
                Past: Rodgers 321 Trio, Conn 552 Theaterette, Hammond RT3/122/HR40, Thomas/Heathkit GD-325D, Hammond S6

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by andyg View Post
                  The letter says that they 'tried mightily' to find a buyer and a colleague of mine who's worked for various makers in Japan has just said that Kawai have been trying to offload Lowrey for some years. Hammond Suzuki have a niche market, albeit one with some considerable competition these days, for the 'clonewheel organs' and keyboards. If that market ever became too saturated and they stopped making enough money from it, who knows what would happen.
                  I wonder if Lowrey's demise creates a space for Suzuki to offer a home organ derived from their clonewheels again? There's been chatter about that for years.

                  Yamaha could consider doing more a little more internationally with Electone?

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                  • #24
                    There will be a hole to fill somewhere. Trouble is, its' the E-Z play elderly market and I can't see many of those Lowrey owners being tempted by anything else. Wersi and Bohm would be too complex and Bemore is still too much of a niche make. Could Ringway take over the reins? Of course if they had been interested they could have bought the line from Kawai.

                    As well as the 'dead pool' we need a 'birthing pool'!
                    It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

                    New website now live - www.andrew-gilbert.com

                    Current organ: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition
                    Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball something-or-other.
                    Retired Leslies, 147, 145, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.

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                      • #26
                        I think Yamaha could get it to work, judging by the number that have been imported into Europe, (There is obviously a demand) however their Genos would probably take a hit as users bought the StageA in place of the Genos TRX system.
                        Hammond is as strong as ever in its traditional market (Just look at the popularity of their SK/XK ranges) even though there are a lot of clones out there. (Doubt if they will ever move back into the entertainment market though)
                        Bemore appears to be selling quite well for a new instrument if the various Facebook pages are anything to go by, (There are quite a number of customers shown who have taken delivery) plus its design objective was to be easy to register and play even for a beginner.
                        Ringway already have high end models available in China, so these may come over when Lowrey goes.
                        Bohm were also shown and played in one of the various Allen’s Music shows, so perhaps they will take those on as well. (Currently there is no Bohm UK dealer and everything goes through Keyswerk in Germany)
                        If you want a Lowrey then best to get one now, as I would imagine there will be even bigger discounts than usual.
                        Wersi when they get their act together (The latest V2.00 software is a disaster) could take quite a few sales, but are best avoided at the moment.

                        Bill

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                        • #27
                          I hate that Lowrey will shut down, but I fully understand why. As with all the others here in the US, there just isn't enough market for home organs. It is actually amazing that they outlasted the other brands that are long gone. As for someone else coming in to fill the void, well that void has been shrinking for many years. I keep remembering some article from a couple years ago or so that stated that the total home sales for 2017(?) was something less than 2K units. Don't remember if that was US or worldwide.

                          I wonder if this will make my Palladium a collector's item with a rising price instead of the massive drop it has been suffering from?
                          Lloyd
                          Lowrey SU-630 Palladium, Lowrey GX-1, Hammond Aurora

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                            • #29
                              I haven't really followed pricing on used organs much for a long time. But the last Palladium I saw that actually sold went for something around $5K US and I've seen newer models of their flagships sell for about that too in private sales. If I were a younger man I would be worried about repairs and such going forward. I don't play as much as I used to, hands take a couple hours in the morning to loosen up and quit hurting.
                              Lloyd
                              Lowrey SU-630 Palladium, Lowrey GX-1, Hammond Aurora

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by abacus View Post
                                Bohm were also shown and played in one of the various Allen’s Music shows, so perhaps they will take those on as well. (Currently there is no Bohm UK dealer and everything goes through Keyswerk in Germany)
                                I think Paul Carman at Music Traders would disagree with you there, Bill, unless he's stopped dealing with them!

                                I'm sure Yamaha UK would still love to handle the Stagea and D-Deck. Maybe this might persuade Yamaha Japan to run a separate non-Asian spec production line, which has always been the issue. If they can make enough money, I'm sure they'll think about it.
                                It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

                                New website now live - www.andrew-gilbert.com

                                Current organ: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition
                                Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball something-or-other.
                                Retired Leslies, 147, 145, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.

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