[rollei_list] Re: Rollei Insolvency...

  • From: Eric Goldstein <egoldste@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:13:57 -0400

You are confusing capability with specifications.

If a manufacturer specifies production with a certain level of quality,
high tolerances and low failure rates, AND PAYS FOR IT, many chinese
manufacturing facilities are capable of producing with high precision,
about as high as you can find anywhere. This unless you are talking about
highly specialized production with highly specialized tooling and assembly
requirements; then it depends on the category.

If they do not specify it and pay for it, then they do not get it.

I know several businesses who use china for their high quality production
and have been very please with what they get year after year.

There is nothing exceptionally demanding about producing pro audio gear and
I have no doubt that it can be done in China or most of Asia given that
what I just detailed is in play...

Eric Goldstein

On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 1:04 PM, tom rogers <jtomrogers@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Smartphones are not handmade precision instruments assembled one at a time
by highly trained and skilled workers carrying on a centuries old tradition.
They are mass-produced on assembly lines staffed by 20-something peasants
in China.
The Seagull is a piece of junk.
The Rollei Singapore factory Q.C. was hit and miss.
Outside of Japan and Germany, few other countries have a historical
knowledgebase needed to manufacture something like a manual film TLR.

I work in the pro audio field - Chinese made equipment is junk.
The microphones are notorious for their poor tolerances, finish, and sound
quality; but they look just like a $4000 German made mic, and are dirt

From: dsadowski@xxxxxxxxx
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:06:40 -0500
Subject: [rollei_list] Re: Rollei Insolvency...
To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

We live in an age where quality products can be made anywhere, China
included. We have come a long way from the time 30 years ago when I
purchased a Pearl River TLR and discovered that it was junk.

Nowadays, there is quite a lot of interest in classic cameras in Hong
Kong, China and other places in the Far East. I discovered that recently
when I sold a few things.

This was an area where Rollei was ahead of their time with their Singapore
plant. I got a Singapore-made 35SE brand new and found the quality to be

Nowadays probably half the people in the US are walking around with a
smart phone made in China and the quality of these items is excellent.

On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 7:55 AM, Brett Rogers <rogersbretta@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Personally I would rather see the Rollei TLRs end forever, than have
production moved to China and be tainted by an association with the quality
many of that country's products, rightly or wrongly, have become well-known

Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:57:16 -0400
From: jdecher@xxxxxxx
To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [rollei_list] Rollei Insolvency...

Very sad news indeed. I was also hoping there would at least be some
solid Chinese bid for the whole lot, which would then be put
dismantled and put back together in China.
This thing purportedly happened with whole steel works when they
closed in my home region (Westphalia) 25 years ago.

Too bad I did not make it to Braunschweig to visit the factory before
this happened...

(shot my SL66 this evening in brilliant sunlight)

2015-04-20 17:09 GMT-03:00 <Dirk-Roger.Schmitt@xxxxxx>:

I have very bad news.

The Insolvency Sale starts on Tuesday.

I hoped, there would be somebody found who would take all items in a
to continue, but this did not happen.

I take numerous of photos which I will display later on.
Best regards, and God bless some people from former DHW which still
to continue.



Dirk-Roger Schmitt

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