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Zenith Retro Tape Recorder w/ Weird Joystick Control Button

THIS VINTAGE ZENITH PORTABLE TAPE RECORDER / PLAYER HAS COOL RETRO SPACE AGE STYLE WITH A PURE WHITE UPPER AND DARK BLUE UNDERSIDE. A REALLY NEAT DESIGN FEATURE IS THE "ONE-BUTTON-FOR-EVERYTHING", WHICH IS A CHROME-FINISH TAB THAT WORKS LIKE A GEAR SHIFT. PUSH UP TO PLAY, DOWN TO STOP, PUSH AND HOLD TO THE LEFT TO REWIND AND TO THE RIGHT TO FAST FORWARD. SEPERATE RECORD AND EJECT BUTTONS ARE ON EITHER SIDE. RUNS PERFECTLY ON FOUR "C" BATTERIES. IT'S ALSO CAPABLE OF RUNNING ON AC POWER (IT WAS SUCCESSFULLY TESTED WITH A UNIVERSAL ADAPTOR SET TO 6V WITH NEGATIVE POLARITY MALE END). THE TAPE RECORDER IS USED, BUT VERY CLEAN AND STILL SOUNDS REALLY GOOD. IT MEASURES 10.75 INCHES X 5.25 INCHES X 3 INCHES AND HAS INPUT, OUTPUT (HEADPHONES), REMOTE, AND MIC LINES. THOUGH IT IS A ZENITH, THE TAPE DECK WAS MANUFACTURED IN JAPAN. read more

SONY STR-6800 SD RECEIVER VINTAGE AUDIOPHILE AMPLIFIER

sony str-6800 sd receiver

This ultra heavy-duty vintage Sony STR-6800 SD receiver amplifier is simply amazing. Hi-fi stereo salesmen back in 1975 couldn't keep these things from flying off the shelves, despite the hefty $500.00 price tag (which amounts to almost $2,100.00 in today's currency, based on inflation!). The huge brushed aluminum face has pleasing blue/green aqua lighted dials and needle meters, as well as hefty knobs, clicking push buttons and chunky black flip switches...little things that make you feel like you're in the high-fidelity cockpit each time you press the power button. Features of note include a whopping 80 watts per channel, a high-quality attenuator instead of a standard volume pot, two dedicated phono turntable inputs, an old-school DIN connector for your Sony TC reel to reel, a "mute" switch that cuts the sound automatically by 20db, super-smooth tuning with neat floating lighted red dial marker that disappears when powered off, and loudness / presence / low tonal presets that actually have distinctive sounds. It even has "Dolby FM" capabilities, cutting edge technology for 1975, used to receive the short-lived, commercially unsuccessful Dolby Noise Reduction FM broadcast signal. The unit measures 19 1/4 inches x 14 3/8 inches x 6 1/2 inches. The Sony STR-6800SD receiver is a quality piece of vintage electronics that will make your speakers sing. This particular model shown had a small piece of veneer missing from the rear top edge and a few very tiny scuffs and dings around the edges, but was meticulously cleaned, thoroughly tested and was in perfect working condition. read more