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  • End of Orla

    Is Orla completely dead as a company now? Just I noticed recently that their website disappeared at some point this month...
    i haven't seen anything regarding the state of the company recently apart from closing the factory end of last year.

    (New poster, btw! Although I have lurked as a guest for some time.)

    Thanks,
    Nick

  • #2
    Orla was dead shortly after the CEO turned up here out of the blue to strenuously deny that Orla was dead.

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    • #3
      Ahh, the thread where Enrico Monaci posted? It's a pity really as they did fill a good niche in home organs. I guess there just wasn't the cash left in the company to R&D their own manufacturing to the next level. Orla needed to move on from the GT platform onto something more up to date...

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      • #4
        Orla Ringway will be producing the low end replacement for the Lowrey organs with Wersi possibly manufacturing the higher end models.
        Of course things can change.
        td
        Servicing electronic organs since 1969.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tucsondave View Post
          Orla Ringway will be producing the low end replacement for the Lowrey organs with Wersi possibly manufacturing the higher end models.
          Of course things can change.
          td
          Is that still going ahead? Even though Ringway is still doing well, I can't find any evidence that Orla is still alive ... Have you seen anything at all?

          Nick

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          • #6
            The two largest Lowrey dealers here in the USA met with Orla in Italy a month or two ago and visited China more recently. As of two weeks ago I was told the first organs will arrive from Ringway late summer / early fall. The Issues being encountered are getting Orla Ringway and Wersi to build an organ that will meet the specs for an American clientele.
            td
            Servicing electronic organs since 1969.

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            • #7
              The Orla Ringway thing all seems pretty odd... Wonder why the Lowery dealers wouldn't just deal with Ringway directly? Does/did Orla have some kind of financial interest or investment in Ringway or vice versa?

              If they are still going, why is their website now dead? (www.orla.it) ...

              Nick

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              • #8
                Just noticed that Allens Music Centre has added the Ringway RS1000EU organ and the Orla digital piano line to their website

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                • #9
                  Orla did the European voicing on the Ringway models, and some of the Orla badged pianos were Ringway products, so there's the initial tie-up. No idea if there was any investment, but Ringway are big enough not to need any!

                  I think Allens are playing a canny game. As just about the last surviving UK organ dealer (apart from the two major used model traders), they're grabbing whatever they can in terms of new instruments. Wersi and now Ringway. And if the Lowrey 'replacements' materialise then they'll be made by, er, Ringway and maybe Wersi! They won't get Bohm as well, neither of the two German companies would allow that, I'm sure! Maybe they should look at the Brazilian models too! :)
                  It's not what you play. It's not how you play. It's the fact that you're playing that counts.

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                  Current instruments: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition, Yamaha Genos, Yamaha PSR-S970, Kawai K1m
                  Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond L122, T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball Temptation.
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                  • #10
                    I'm all for looking at Brazilian models.

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                    • #11
                      Mmmm. Having googled Brazilian Models I can see your interest X-(
                      Previous: Elka Crescendo 303, Technics G7, Yamaha EL-90
                      Current: Yamaha AR-100

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                      • #12
                        I see what you mean..... :)

                        But back on topic, Tokai or not Tokai, that is the question.
                        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 instruments: Roland Atelier AT900 Platinum Edition, Yamaha Genos, Yamaha PSR-S970, Kawai K1m
                        Retired Organs: Lots! Kawai SR6 x 2, Hammond L122, T402, T500 x 2, X5. Conn Martinique and 652. Gulbransen 2102 Pacemaker. Kimball Temptation.
                        Retired Leslies, 147, 145 x 2, 760 x 2, 710, 415 x 2.
                        Retired synths: Korg 700, Roland SH1000, Jen Superstringer, Kawai S100F, Kawai S100P, Kawai K1

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                        • #13
                          What's the real deal with this chatter about Ringways and Wersis being rebranded as Lowreys for punting to what's left of the US market?

                          Ringway, fair enough I suppose, any port in a storm, but Wersi? Given the track record of that brand stateside, those few remaining punters would run a mile!

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                          • #14
                            Well, I'd never heard of Tokai.

                            YouTube doesn't do it any favours in my book.
                            Previous: Elka Crescendo 303, Technics G7, Yamaha EL-90
                            Current: Yamaha AR-100

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                            • #15
                              We had a thread a while back on Brazilian organ makers.

                              Tokai:
                              http://www.tokai.com.br

                              Reikel:
                              http://reikel.com.br

                              Digital Acordes:
                              http://digitalacordes.com.br

                              Looks like Tamye has bitten the dust:
                              http://www.tamye.com.br

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