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Rare 1956 Crescent 45 Record Player

Rare 1956 Crescent 45 Record Player

I am a record player fanatic! There were so many makes and styles that the options are almost endless. As usual, I was cruising eBay when SHAZAM, I came across this rare 1956 Crescent 45 record player.

This unit is farm fresh. It needs some cleaning up and a servicing to make it fully functional again.

I love the slanted design with the metal hairpin legs on the front. I also dig the atomic green fabric with the gold diamond accents on the front.

This unit has a speaker underneath. This is what drove the slanted design of this record player.

I will use some light grit sand paper to clean up all the gold accents and paint them with the 24K gold spray paint carried by Michael’s.

The grey material on the outside of the case is in good shape, but will need some freshening up.

I will reach out to my faithful repair guy Justin from Stellar Electronics. I know he will fix her up!

Here is the original ad showing this little gem towards the bottom.

For all of you who noticed the record in the background, it is a Les Baxter 10″  33&1/3 album. This cover is so fantastic and came out at the same time the player did.

Barzilay Furniture Mfg. Co. Record Player Stand Restoration

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Barzilay Furniture Mfg. Co. Record Player Stand Restoration

Mel and I came across this piece in a store in San Jose, California. I wanted to revamp our listening area in our house and this was gonna be a key piece. While I was examining it, I saw it had a makers mark. This piece was produced by Barzilay Furniture Mfg. Co.. We’re not familiar with this maker. I did some research on them and it looks like they were based out of Gardena, California. They were known to be one of the best producers of stereo component consoles ever made. Some of the consoles were sold as kits that customers could purchase and assemble. From what I can tell, they went out of business sometime in the 80’s.

What we really like about this piece is the art deco flare to it. I love the vertical striated wood supports and the square door pulls. As you can see from the pics, it was in rough shape. Since we got it for a good deal, I had no qualms about painting it.

I decided to paint it in black and light pink semi-gloss house paint. I used a roller to get a more uniform finish. The first thing that had to be done was to sand everything down. Always make sure you wear a mask when sanding old pieces because they used really bad chemicals in finishing pieces and you don’t want to be inhaling it!

After many coats of paint and many hours of touch up it is done.

This will be a great area to hang out in and just chill while the vinyl spins.

I want to get a vintage reel to reel to go with this record player so I can listen to my reel to reel tapes as well.

I saved the makers mark.

Feel free to watch the video below, off to the next piece

1970 Electrohome Apollo 862 Record Player With Custom Fiberglass Base

Mel and I have had this player for some time. This is the table top model, but they also made ones that had a tulip base stand.

We purchased this base that was originally for a terrarium, but was missing the plastic ball terrarium topper. I wasn’t sure what to do with this base until we saw online an exhibit that San Francisco Museum of Modern Art did about the 70’s. In the exhibit, they used the same record player paired with a similar base. With that idea, I was excited to bring these two pieces together.

I could have painted the base a hundred different colors, but I felt that black looked best with the black accents on the record player. After the paint dried, I had to drill holes to route the cord through the center.

I also wanted to cut out three holes on the bottom to keep the cord and speaker wires separate from one another.

After all the drilling and painting was done, all I had to do was bring these two together. I love the results!

I think this unit looks really slick now!

This is way more space age looking.

Telefunken 5094 WK HiFi Stereo

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It even has the original makers tag!

As normal, I was searching through Craigslist and came across this Telefunken 5094 WK for $50!  I am a sucker for Telefunken, and this time it was no different.  This unit is in pretty great shape for its age but needs a little reconditioning to put her back to normal.

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I love Telefunken and with my stereo repair guy Luis keeps telling me, “if I have to buy a German console, only buy Telefunken”.  I do like the styling of Grundig units, but as Luis advised me, they are the lower end of German stereo units.

IMG_6317Here she is in all her glory.  All I have done to her at this point is oil her to darken the grain and rehydrate the wood. Those are furniture dollies under the legs of the Telefunken.  It makes it easier to move around until I find a more permanent place for it.

IMG_6318This unit has a fold out stereo and a lift up top for the record player.

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The cabinet is in remarkable shape for being 50+ years old.

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This unit has SW1, SW2, AM, FM and Phono.  It also has the cats eye, which glows green when the channel is fully in tune.

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There is a compartment on the bottom that allows you to store records.

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Telefunken record player model TW501/8TS

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Here is the original paper instruction label for the record player.

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This unit also has the dog ear speakers that pop out from the side to give a more complete sound.

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It has the original manual for the record player and the radio and they are in great shape!

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Way too cool!  Original purchase paperwork.  It looks like it was bought on December 5th 1961!  Was this possibly a Christmas present?

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Plenty of connectivity as you can see.

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There is some wear on the top of this unit that I might do a quick restoration on to make it as good as new.

Telefunken Sonata 5183 WK

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Hey all,

I was sitting around and remembered that I had not blogged about this great little 1960’s German unit. I found this on Craigslist sometime back for about $60. It was a part of a cluster of items a younger man was selling that were part of his late mothers estate. I was surprised to see everything worked when he turned it on. As usual it had that really rich and deep sound. I couldn’t get the $60 out of my pocket fast enough.

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The great thing about these units is that they are small but still give the rich sound like the larger units. Also, one person can move them. The sound of these units can get even better if you buy a pair of satellite speakers to play through. I have a pair sitting around that need to be restored so I guess I should get on that.

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Here are a couple of photos of my grandparents. The picture of my grandma Troxel is of her in England sometime around WWII. The picture of my grandpa Troxel is soo cool, he looks like a gangster or something. The frames are really cool. I plan to blog about Art Deco frames, there are soo many cool ones out there.

This unit can play all the variety of speeds (16, 33 & 45) including 78! I have a mess of 78’s including about 15 binders like the one below full of one of my favorite crooners Bing Crosby. I must have every song he sang or even hummed.

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Since I am on the subject of 78’s let me take just a moment to express to you what a lost piece of treasure these records are. I have seen people throw these records away because they are not in demand anymore. These records are also brittle and can break with very little effort. This is why they need to be appreciated and in some instances there are some really rare recordings on these records. I love sitting around listening to records that range from early Perry Como to country western. Do yourself a favor, get a player that can play 78’s and just kick back and let the music wash over you (stepping down from soap box).

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Check out all these cats listening to 78’s! How can all these guys be wrong!? On a side note, this would be a cool way to sample your music, why don’t they do this anymore?

So, if you get a chance to pick one of these units up I would say go for it, especially if space is an issue.

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