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1958 RCA Victor Mark IX “Stereo Twins” SHP-9

1958 RCA Victor Mark IX “Stereo Twins” SHP-9


I have always been a fan of RCA.  I like the styling of their units and they always seem to be reliable.  I was cruising Craigslist as usual, when I saw this unit in Merced and decided to zip down and pick it up.  Overall, it’s in great shape, but the needle needs to be replaced. The cabinets of both units are also in good condition.


Obviously, this unit is called “Stereo Twins” because it has the main unit and a matching satellite speaker.  This sort of set up fills a room with sound, it’s fantastic!


Someone at some point mounted a Heathkit tuner (AJ-14) into the record storage area.  I am not sure if I am sold on it yet.  I might remove it so it looks more original.  When I checked with our good friend Justin at Stellar Electronics, he said that he has only seen these units with a phonograph.  He said the Heathkits were usually sold as kits which were assembled after you bought them. So, this is a DIY job.


This still has the original 45 adapter.



Justin was also able to help me find a replacement needle (EVM-80x), thanks Justin!


The speaker fabric is in fantastic original condition.  This set was cared for and loved by someone to be in this great of shape.


This looks great in our office and will really be a nice addition to all the other vintage audio equipment in our collection.  I have alway been drawn to vintage electronics, and I love the quality of the sound they produce.





1949 “Happy Trails/Roy Rogers & Trigger” RCA Victor Record Player


Mel and I were at Midway Antique Mall stocking our booth with some of our new finds. After we stock we like to cruise the store to see what other dealers have brought in. I was browsing and came across this 1949 RCA Victor “Roy Rogers Happy Trails” record player (model # 9-EY-36, only made for one year) and was so excited when I saw the asking price…….$40 with 15% off! Needless to say I jumped on it.


I LOVE western themed items from the 50’s. Because westerns were so popular with kids from that era it is hard to find items that are not beat to hell because of use. Embellished with Disney Decals on a bakelite cabinet, this style of record player sold for $39 when it’s ordinary brown bakelite cabinet version sold for 19.95. Now that was 1950’s prices. With regular inflation, it would sell now for over $400.

IMG_2148This unit powers on and turns slowly but I will need to have my stereo repair guy take a look at it. As far as case condition I plan to clean it and try to find some touch up paint to cover areas where the Bakelite is showing through. The next thing on my list will be to find some 45’s of Roy Rogers to play on this once it is running good as new.



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