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The day I discovered Rotel

Friday, 11 March 2016 6:10:27 pm Australia/Melbourne

 I recently had the very distinct privilege of visiting the Rotel Factory in Zhuhai in China. Although the factory is no longer in Japan the company is still owned by the Tachikawa family that founded it in Tokyo in 1957 as The Roland Company. Initially they were manufacturing Sylvania TVs for the US market and then in the 1960’s moved into Hi Fi as an OEM supplier for Yamaha, Marantz, and others. Rotel branded products were first sold in 1961.

 

The founder Tomoki Tachikawa is 91 years old and still visits the Factory from Japan regularly. It transpires that he is a lifelong friend of Alex Encel and Interdyne of Australia is by far the longest distributor relationship with a fifty year marriage. These days the company is run by Mr Tachikawa's grandson Peter Kao pictured here holding a newborn Rotel amplifier circuit.

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Posted By Rab Turner

Rotel RA-10 Amplifier

Saturday, 1 February 2014 12:27:00 pm Australia/Melbourne

This amp transports one back to an earlier, fresher, time in the 1970's when $500 would buy a piece of Hi Fi kit that would be really useful and still around thirty years later. Love the speaker A and B switching. Fantastic value...

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Posted By Troy Merritt

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