Product Type: Gemini turntables
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Gemini XL-2000 III
Member Name: benlepensive
Gemini XL-2000 III
Date: 20/08/10, updated on 20/08/10 (52 review reads)
Advantages: chic look, decent enough pitch bend
Disadvantages: dated model
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.
Summary: not a bad model
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