Hi Tom -
I know we love our Rolleis, but let's be frank... there is absolutely
nothing about a TLR body that would preclude it from being manufactured
with great precision in China. Tolerance and materials handling well within
what is routinely done there.
Complex lens production is another matter but that takes place in
specialized facilities anyway and always has.
I know of custom tooling, robotics and instrumentation being done very very
well in Chinese facilities.
On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM, tom rogers <jtomrogers@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Point taken - much of the poor quality product coming out of China is
built to a price-point, not quality absolutes:
However, let's be frank - you can specify tolerances all you want, but
unless there is on-site Q.C., with random inspections, and a culture of
excellence, contractors will cut corners to shave costs; as many companies
have discovered dealing with Chinese suppliers.
I would argue that, as you say - "highly specialized production with
highly specialized tooling and assembly requirements," definitely includes
a Rolleiflex TLR or Leica M:
So what businesses do you know, and what are their products? I'm not aware
of Leica or Manley equivalent examples sourced from China - not yet, anyway.
There was one Chinese microphone company manufacturing for a number of 3rd
party brands; they were building to a price point, and acknowledged the
product (and their workforce's) shortcomings - but they had a longterm plan
to gradually improve their in-house tech and manu, with a goal to
eventually producing Neuman or Brauner quality condenser mics under their
own brand: Not sure how that panned out.
"...There is nothing exceptionally demanding about producing pro audio
The term "pro audio" gets thrown around a lot to describe product that
In my experience, producing truly pro audio gear - the handmade kind with
very tight electronic and mechanical tolerance - is exceptionally
which is why so few people do it. Like anything handbuilt, it costs.
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:13:57 -0400
Subject: [rollei_list] Re: Rollei Insolvency...
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...
On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 1:04 PM, tom rogers <jtomrogers@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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
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
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:06:40 -0500
Subject: [rollei_list] Re: Rollei Insolvency...
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
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
(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
wantto 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
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