Published on December 25th, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin0
Vestax goes bankrupt
Japanese dj and other music equipment company Vestax Corporation has apparently pulled the plug on the production of their equipment. Anyone that has been keeping up with new dj equipment should have noticed that vestax has been absent the last couple of years. This is unfortunate news for some, and for others I guess they will move on to new equipment companies.
The Vestax corporation started it’s company in 1977 with the production of electric guitars and amplifiers. Then in the 1980s Vestax started producing signal processors, DJ Mixers, professional turntables and Compact Disc players which is what made the company so popular.
After focusing on mostly just dj equipment for nightclubs. Vestax had caught the attention of international Disc jockeys like Cut Chemist, Carl Cox, and DJ Qbert. These dj’s were digging the functionality of Vestax Mixers like the model PMC-05pro. Then in the late 1990s, Vestax released the PDX model turntable to try and compete with the all time dj turntable technics Sl-1200. The two turntables were very similar in appearance but the Vestax was a little bit different with its stronger torque around the dj direct drive platter. And the unique straight tone arm which made it popular for scratch turntablist djs.
Late 2006 Vestax broke through with the dj controller VCI-100. This would be a huge breakthrough eliminating the cdjs and Mixers into one piece of equipment. This quickly became a blueprint for most DJ controllers and helping to re-establish Vestax as a major player in the DJ market. The company has subsequently solidified this position by launching a highly respected range of DJ controllers from low-end consumer models to more highly specced pro versions such as the VCI-380 and VCI-400.
Then this past October 2014 a well known DJ website known as Dj-techtools stumbled across an article from Japanese news saying that they have ceased operations. This was later supported when someone tried to visit their shop in California and discovered that it was no longer in production. And then there was the trade shows to finalize their actions by not introducing any new projects.
Written by: Zachary cheek @digitalcriminal