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Visit of the Pro-Ject Factory

Visite Usine Pro-JectWe took a trip to the Czech Republic where Pro-Ject opened the doors of its Litovel factory (east of the country) for us. Since the Austrian company owns a record player factory in this region, well known for its beer, Litovel has therefore two local specialities, beer and record players, there will be enough spins for everyone/ a spinning experience for everyone.

Pro-Ject’s SEV factory is situated in a tall Soviet looking building. In other words, an old building in which people work in the old fashioned way, which is why we were so interested in visiting the Pro-Ject factory. While many brands have a tendency to outsource their production to take advantage of cheaper high-tech machinery, Pro-Ject chooses to stay faithful to hand made production. If you are familiar with the Pro-Ject Debut record player and its modern design and beautiful lacquer, you’ve probably just raised an eyebrow. Yet …

Visite Usine Pro-Ject

The various production lines are organised in small work spaces. Here is the welding workshop.

Visite usine Pro-Ject

The platters used for the record players are delivered to the factory by a local company. Made out of MDF, these platters are then lacquered at the factory, all by hand.

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Platters, once lacquered and perforated, are ready for the assembly line

Visite Usine Pro-Ject

Working iron, aluminium and brass is at the heart of Pro-Ject craftsmanship.

Visite usine Pro-Ject

At the Pro-Ject factory, all the parts are created with old machines, which the operators perfectly master/master with perfect control.

Visite usine Pro-Ject

The centering pieces are entirely built on site

Visite Usine Pro-Ject

On the workbench, you can se the aluminium tubes used for tonearms

Visite Usine Pro-Ject

The assembling of electronic circuit panels requires patience and precision

Visite Usine Pro-Ject

The motors are all tested on a specific workbench

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The Pro-Ject tonearm assembly line is filled with a peaceful and studious atmosphere

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The acrylic trays, on the other hand, are made by a subcontractor

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Polishing record players, a real work of art

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The mechanic base of the Pro-Ject Signature 12

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Record players are all thoroughly tested

Visite Usine Pro-Ject

Visite Usine Pro-Ject

The Pro-Ject Evolution carbon tonearm

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