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Old 10-02-2013, 03:24 AM
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"Made in Germany" - another chapter closed

The famous German producer of audio and video

LOEWE


is bankrupt. Please google "Spiegel online Loewe Insolvenz" For sure in Geman but look at the very impressive pictures showing finest LOEWE products of the last century.

It was one of the last famous audio/video brands of the 20th century of Germany, like Telefunken, Grundig, SABA, Dual, Nordmende...

At last they did produce nothing else than expensive but extremly high quality television gear. That was a blind alley. People in Germany buy LG and Samsung and such stuff, probably of acceptable quality as well but not the legendary "Made in Germany" standard.

If somebody of you would ask me: "So did you buy such a TV in order to support this brand?" I would answer: "I wish I could have done so, but - much too expensive."

It is always the same. There is one thing that is astonishing to me: why did this factory survive so much longer than the other brands mentioned above, they all went to hell, killed by Asia, in the eighties and nineties.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:48 AM
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How the asians did it was that they initially assigned markets to one company. That company was subsidized by the Government such that they could undersell the local companies. Then when all the locals were gone they could charge whatever they pleased.

I had a very interesting chat over a couple of beers with a Japanese trade official waiting for my flight in the San Francisco airport.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:51 AM
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Many of those sets were indeed works of art.

So do you remember the days of TV repairmen? Durable goods meant durable goods, and something was worth enough to pay someone to fix it.

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Old 10-02-2013, 06:57 AM
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Yep, and now we live in a throwaway world.

I sit here, listening to an amplifier first built in the early 1960s. My television I bought two years ago for $1200. Technically, it's already obsolete and something tells me it won't last but a few more years.

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That is a sweet looking tube! I bet it looks awesome all lit up.
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That is a sweet looking tube! I bet it looks awesome all lit up.
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Way cool!


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Wow! Those two coils? receiving antenna? are neat-o!
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Many of those sets were indeed works of art.

So do you remember the days of TV repairmen? Durable goods meant durable goods, and something was worth enough to pay someone to fix it.

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I've seen some AKers who recap the boards on the new TVs when they crap out, instead of tossing them. Maybe not all is lost? I know there are some of us anachronisms who get a kick out of resurrecting old 'Maggotbox' tube amps.
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Resurect old stereos? Wouldn't even think of it.
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