DGC GmbH changed its name to Dual GmbH and is located in Landsberg am Lech in Germany. A new generation of turntables designed or made in Germany was introduced. The top model, called “Primus Maximus“, is limited to 100 units and only made to order.
The parent company was restructured and sold the brand Dual to the department store chain Karstadt AG. For several years they released their own products under the Dual brand with a new retro-logo. Only the brand rights for turntables remained with Schneider.
Dual introduced its new top-model CS 5000: It was a belt driven, manually operated turntable with a wooden plinth. Dual also developed, manufactured presented the first Compact-Disc player “made in Germany” and other high-quality devices.
The new top of the range model, the Dual 1219, was the first Dual turntable to feature a platter with a diameter of 30cm. It was the first HiFi record changer using a tonearm with a twin-gimbal bearing system. Dual now offers a wide range of components: Portables, HiFi-record changers, amplifiers, tuners, tape recorders and loudspeakers.
The Steidinger Brothers celebrated their 50th anniversary. The post war period was a time with strong economic growth. Many companies around the world were using Dual turntables and record changers built into their music cabinets.
In this year, the “Steidinger Brothers factory for precision mechanics” was founded. While they supplied tools for the clock makers of the region, they also worked on designing a new a spring- loaded drive for gramophones.
In town of St. Georgen in the Black Forest in Germany, as their forefathers did, the brothers Christian and Josef Steidinger were building precision parts for clock makers. Christian started his own workshop in his new home.
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