Originally the styling attracted me to these units. It wasn’t till I started listening to the quality produced by its audio that I fell in love with them. An opportunity to purchase a Telefunken Hymnus floor counsel finally presented itself and I jumped on it. The cabinet of this piece is in great shape and much to my surprise it actually worked when turned on! Once I got the unit home I started looking through it and I found all kinds of paperwork to it. I found electrical schematics, receipts of purchase and other little things. This unit came equipped with the Am/FM/SW radio, record player and the original owners even purchased the option reel to reel unit! A cool feature with this unit is it has swing out speakers on the side. All I have had to do to this unit is oil it and dust it. Mel and I are really happy with our purchase.
Here is a little history:
Telefunken was established on May 27th 1903 in Berlin and it was a joint venture by Siemens & Halske and the Allgemeine Elektrizitas-Gesellschaft (General Electricity Company). In the beginning Telefunken predominantly worked on military and governmental projects but later moved towards the civilian market. Telefunken was active in the radio and television marketplace, recording, and records manufacturing. They had become a household name in Germany and Throughout Europe. Due to vast mismanagement Telefunken started their long slide to oblivion in 1970. It is such a shame to see a company that made such a great product dissolve not because of its quality but because of mismanagement.
I really recommend, if you haven’t already, giving one of these units a listen. The have such a rich and deep sound to them that you might just run home and throw out all that “Made in Japan” stuff and buy one of these fantastic units.
Here are some pictures of our unit!