I still have my first board, a Kemper FS with Kemper bindings. I really should take it out again one day...
yeah, kemper used to be up there, but is now definitely among the worst. Don't know what happened to them/who bought them out, but my local sports store has one of their boards and it's, visually, the worst construction I've ever seen...looks like it was cut out, glued together and "finished" by a blind person.
Kemper's been out of business for quite some time now...
I own a '95 Freestyle and some late 90's bindings with aluminium heelcups.
VERY well built board back then.