Dance music lovers or anyone who has had to work in clubs or studios is probably familiar with the Gemini brand. Tried and tested and up there with Technics and Numark as the leaders of deejaying equipment. This model takes me back a few years, but you will still be able to find it for trade or auction at a reduced price these days. This makes it handy for people who cannot afford to rush in with the most expensive option, they can cut their rug as it were with an older model, maybe second hand.
As with all Gemini products, emphasis on minimal and chic is the order of the day with a lovely silver chrome to the decks. This has always pleased me, though you need to be careful not to run metal over it or they will get scratched and look tatty. The basic colour scheme is satisfying though and ticks the boxes for me.
The variable pitch control of up to twenty percent makes mixing easy and gives more than a generous give, considering some even earlier models only offered the basic twelve percent variation. This should allow you to work with a wide range of music styles too. A neat reverse play feature gives deejays another trick up their sleeve if you can master sneaking it into the end of a mix perhaps! There is not much to dislike, though it could be argued that later models have focused more on making the arm sturdier. A somewhat flimsy arm rest can be easily jogged and this makes it awkward if working in darkened conditions, which I have had to do on numerous occasions.
It can be wired from the mains and you can buy longer cables for it if need be to give you more flexibility. The machine is quite light to carry which is handy for transportation and you should expect to pay around the hundred pound mark these days for one of these. Not a bad model for its time.
"Just as good as the Technics", yes but only if you don't really know what you are looking for! I thought that would be the case, but was sadly mistaken. After a month of using a friends Technics 1210's a decided to buy my own decks, and bought a pair of PT2100's on their reputation. Well that was five months ago and i've regretted buying these ever since. The overall build quality is lower, the electronic brake is aweful and they don't hold their pitch too well. Although this is comparing them to technics, seeing as i paid two thirds of the price and the 1210 design is nearing 21 years old i expected a lot more! I am sure these are a lot better than some budget decks, but the price tag is not budget. My advice to you is if you ever want to play out in a club or bar then these are not the decks for you as technics will seem fairly forign to you after getting used to these. For budget decks try numark, as they offer better quality.
I have just bought myself a set of Gemini pt - 2400's, with a 626 mixer and i have to say that they are bloody excelent!! One of my mates has a set of technics and even says that after a good lenght of time on the Gemini's, hes well convinced that they come out tops. The models of the pt - 2*00, vary from the pt 2000's to the 2400's (the ones i have), they all have more or less the same sort of features. With an ajustable tone arm, pitch control of up to 20%, reverse platter play, a massive 2.2 kg/cm2 torque power (technics - 1.5) these decks are jam - packed with functions. The model i have (pt - 2400) have an added lcd screen, displaying the action of the platter. So overall, these bad boys are seriously a good alternative to technics,and if you are up - grading your decks, i would strongly advise them!!