here's the official line:
has shut down manufacturing at the Trace site and have made all but two
staff redundant, Clive MD & Colin FD. My college from the R&D dept,
Paul Stevens has been re-employed by Gibson to carry on designing Gibson Guitar
products and help set up a manufacturing facility in the US.
reason for this is that the 110,000 sq foot factory has continued to loose money
due to vast overheads, despite a healthy order-book and many world-class
products. Trace Elliot has started to trade again and in a short time, the best
products will be available again. I am now working for a group of companies
under the 'Straightedge' parent, based near to the Trace factory in Essex. We
sub-contract manufacture for many well-known amplifier/PA companies and are in
negotiations with Gibson regarding manufacture of various products. We have
already re-employed most of the Trace staff but I can't say any more on the
subject until signatures and dotted lines are involved.
Needless to say, there will be no problem with continued manufacture,
supply and support for the Echoplex. I am still working closely with Matthias on
Loop4 beta testing and the change in circumstance has not interrupted
software or hardware development.
have invested loads of money and time in recent months on the Echoplex and the
guy in charge of such matters, Kevin Van Pamel, is an EDP user himself. There is
a new website and a CE-Approved product awaiting manufacture and I shall be
heavily involved with future plans.
post more news as I get it,
Ewen (ex-Trace Elliot R&D Manager)
What would this mean for the echoplex? You reckon
we could shift them to kurzweil salesmen for 3 grand on ebay again?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 10:14
Subject: for what it's worth
i picked this up off of a bass e-mail list that
don't know if it's true or not, but i thought it
may be of interest to this list.
grain of salt i suppose . . .
spoken my my Trace supplier in the UK, electro-music in Doncaster,
very nice company to deal with, who
have said that Gibson have pulled the plug
on Trace and they have now ceased trading. Gibson have truly given
legendry kiss of death. The
Trace service centre had been seperated into a
stand alone company which is still going so there is no
problems with support
(who really are
first rate) with legacy Trace gear. I can't help but feel that
Gibson have messed with Trace's supply
in the US & UK, run up a huge loss and
then had to axe it (no surprise if they can't shift the
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