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BEMI is purchased by Buchla U.S.A.

BEMI is purchased by Buchla U.S.A.
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:23:53 AM »
Good news for Buchla fans:

Buchla U.S.A.
4024 E 46th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406


Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments has been purchased by Buchla U.S.A.
The historic electronic music instrument company has been purchased, is under new management, and is now headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Minneapolis, Minnesota January 18, 2018:  Announcing the purchase of Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments by Buchla U.S.A. LLC. The iconic electronic musical instrument company founded by Don Buchla as Buchla and Associates in the mid-1960s is now headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and headed by CEO Eric Fox.
The new company will continue to create unique, expressive, and iconic electronic performance instruments and controllers with a focus on the 50+ year history of Don Buchla. Buchla U.S.A.’s lead design and engineering is being performed by Don Buchla's right-hand-man, Joel Davel, who worked with Don for over 20 years. Production of the majority of Buchla modules is being handled by Dave Reilly, who was hand-picked by Don to manufacture Buchla products. Both design and production are located in the San Francisco bay area, as they were in the 1960s.   
“With such an amazing legacy I am really excited about telling the story of Don and working closely with Joel and Dave to develop new products in the spirit of Don... and even revisiting/reimagining some of his designs that never actually made it out into the wild!" said Buchla U.S.A. CEO Eric Fox, about this historic purchase. “I hope to involve as many of the artists and people that inspired Don as possible, moving forward. We owe it to him and the generations of new users to give them a sense of what he was all about."
Buchla U.S.A. is committed to the continued production of high-quality historic synthesis/performance technology, a focus on and celebration of Don Buchla's legacy, and meeting the needs of Buchla customers.
By listening to the needs of composers at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, Don Buchla created one of the first modular voltage-controlled synthesizers in the mid-1960s as only a gifted designer and engineer could. His innovative and seminal musical instruments have inspired composers and listeners alike for over 50 years.

Buchla U.S.A. Contact: Marc Doty


And Marc Doty has obviously found a new job.


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Re: BEMI is purchased by Buchla U.S.A.
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 02:03:55 PM »
Wow, that's interesting. Distribution and quality control apparently really suffered under BEMI. I'll certainly continue to keep up with Buchla, and I look forward to seeing what direction Buchla U.S.A. takes with the line.

Maybe it's time to start saving for a Buchla system.
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Re: BEMI is purchased by Buchla U.S.A.
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2018, 12:09:13 PM »
Great news for the Buchla heritage! After the last purchase of the company I hope this will work out well.

Re: BEMI is purchased by Buchla U.S.A.
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2018, 09:31:58 AM »
Nick Batt chatting with Marc Doty: