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Why is Behringer able to produce reissues Roland cant?
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Originally Posted by ranzee View Post
Why don't you write to Roland?
Have you ever written to Roland? I have. I've written very constructed feedback after appropriate praise. Their response?

"Thank you for your recent correspondence. At this time, Roland US Email Support is limited to inquiries regarding product operation only. If you would like to make a suggestion about product design or enhancement, please send your request to our legal department at: [email protected]"

Legal Department? For product feedback? I wasn't suggesting any new design requiring a patent. Emails like mine should be forwarded to a product line manager for consideration and tracking customer sentiment.

Don't waste your time. They're not interested in customer feedback.
Old 1 week ago
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Originally Posted by spottingjonah View Post
Have you ever written to Roland?

Don't waste your time. They're not interested in customer feedback.
No they’re not at all interested in feedback from Westerners. My experience of the Japanese is that they like novelty. Quite a lot of Jap pop culture is quite strange and alien perhaps even childish to Westerners. I’m not knocking them. They’re just very different and people need reminding of that when trying to understand Roland. The Japanese are way behind us on race issues too. My nephew is 50:50 Japanese:English, he’s 26 now and has moved to Europe because he’s never been accepted in Japan because he is not pure Japanese. They see him as inferior and an unpleasant reminder of a Japanese woman having a mixed race child with a Western man in Japan. His mum is cut off from her family because they are ashamed of her.

I am sure Roland could remake the Jupiter 8 or the Juno. Unfortunately the Japanese don’t want/can’t house big old synths because they don’t have the space in young persons’ homes. Combine this with their own cultural preferences and their belief that Western culture is inferior and you have your answers as to why Roland won’t produce proper analogue reissues. It’s nothing to do with not repeating the past. Just look at all the System 8 plug outs.....of past synths. It’s because of Japanese attitudes and their primary target market.

And do you know what? I’m completely okay with all that. And I’m completely okay with Mr Behringer giving his target market what they want too.
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Originally Posted by Chimera1to1 View Post
I am sure Roland could remake the Jupiter 8 or the Juno. Unfortunately the Japanese don’t want/can’t house big old synths because they don’t have the space in young persons’ homes. Combine this with their own cultural preferences and their belief that Western culture is inferior and you have your answers as to why Roland won’t produce proper analogue reissues. It’s nothing to do with not repeating the past. Just look at all the System 8 plug outs.....of past synths. It’s because of Japanese attitudes and their primary target market.
I think you're wrong on some things here.
I mean, sure, japanese are weird, but i'm not sure this applies so easily to roland.
Roland is way bigger outside of japan than inside of japan.
And i think they do specifically develop products outside of japan for the global market.

The thing is, roland is a big company and synths are only part of their game. They can only plan so many synth products per year. And they need to pay for their factories etc. which will always have costs even if they don't make anything.
So they tend to make popular products that they expect to sell a lot of and make some money to pay for their operation.
How many jupiter 8's do you think they can sell worldwide vs how many system 8's.
They're also playing the semi-pro and consumer markets with small and cheap devices, simply because those markets are much much bigger than the specialist markets. That's why they made the boutique series.
It's all business strategy and not patriotism. They may have their own way of thinking about their markets, but still, if they think they can sell well outside of japan then they will make a product for that market.

I think maybe that you're confusing roland with small boutique companies that cater to a small number of enthousiasts and put a lot of love into creating small batches of specialized gear and sell them for a lot of money.
But that's not roland. Well, not in the synth department anyway. They do have some high-end products but i guess they don't see it as good business to do this for synths at the moment.
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