The Gemini brand is one of my preferred brands of deejay equipment to work with. Usually very well made, decent features and a smart look, combining to make a solid product. This is one slightly older model that I had the pleasure of using a while back for a short period of time. This model has been upgraded now by a Mark 2 model, but you can still get this model and prices will vary from around one hundred pounds or so per deck.
The model has been made with a keen eye, stylish detail as always and minimal colour work, to make it smart enough for the clubs and also trendy for the bedroom set-up. The things I liked about this model, aside from the robust build, were the features. The pitch control on this is nicely arranged to the side of the deck allowing you to access a ten percent variable movement either way mid session. This is a generous enough bend to work with different genres and tempos.
A quick start up allows for speedy mixing and you should be able to manage some scratch mixing here if you know how to work it well enough, though this is not my forte! The arm is very sturdy and the needle precise enough, with a decent arm resting section too. This is often a failing point, where I feel the resting bay needs to be firmer. With this model, the bay is quite solid and your arm should feel nestled in place comfortable between sessions. Good sturdy feet allow for a non-slip movement on most surfaces and the turntable itself is sleek and textured well round the edges. Overall then, a pretty good deck, delivering a good workable sound, the basic features you need for a fair price too. Useful for beginners, but maybe lacking in add-ons for total pros.
I have recently upgraded to these decks after making the biggest mistake any budding DJ could make, and thats buying belt drive decks! The difference is unbelievable to say they are designed for the same thing. These decks actually hold their pitch (which is fairly important when beat matching), they also look abit like technics as well which might even impress some people even if the music does'nt! These direct drive decks also feedback alot less than the old decks (which were Kam BDX280's, not bad for a starter deck )and do not jump as much when holding the record back. I really recommend these decks to anyone, the platter is also really solid so if your into scratching then it would hold firm i'm sure. If you have abit more money then the Gemini 2100's are better still with the digital display, or theres the Numark TT-2's. But for the price these are top!