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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

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1966 General Electric Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player

1966 General Electric Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player

We picked up this little gem while we were out antiquing. I love that it is on an original Gusdorf D2300 stand. It is such a small and compact unit, which makes it great for on the go entertaining. We wish we never sold our 1964 Motorola Cadet Portable Television. These units would have looked great together.

While speaking to the shop owner, he notified us that he rented this out for a photo shoot in Content Magazine. We took a couple of photos of the magazine with it in the background. Just a little more cool to add to this set up. The photographer was Arabela Espinoza.

Looks like a cool shoot! Nice staging.

The photographer did a great job with even with the little things. In the foreground we can see Pall Mall cigarettes, Polaroid camera, pull tab beers!

This player is really clean. The platter mat needs to be glued back down to the platter but that is an easy fix with some rubber cement.

Gotta love the 70’s green and orange accents!

I have to bring this in to my good buddy Justin at Stellar Electronics to give this little guy a tune up.

I haven’t decided if we are gonna keep this unit yet.

Below is the verbage from the advertisement for this Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player.

Turn that thing down! How many times have you heard that? Now you can do something about it. Besides suffer in silence. Pick up your party & your stereo Mustang & sink slowly into the sunset. Like far away. G.E.’s Mustang is meant to be carried room to room or house to house. The big speakers make great stereo sound sound that way. & that’s what musics for.”

-Boys Life November 1966

1965 Electrohome ‘Circa 703’ cabinet by Deilcraft of Canada

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Mel and I were at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire this last weekend that is held the first Sunday of every month.

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There were some cool items out for sale, but we were blown away by this Electrohome unit for sale by our friend Ed. He saw our Hepcat Restorations and the recent post we did on our newly acquired “Ultra rare RCA record player, radio and cassette player“.  At the bottom of that post I showcased other units I wish I could find, and this was one of them! We were so excited to see Ed had this and he brought it thinking it was something we would dig, and he was right.

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They made an acompaning chair that allowed you to listen and control the music from the Circa 703, what a cool idea! I can’t imagine there are many of those chairs around now.

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The designing mind behind Electrohomes Circa 75 was Gordon Duer. He was the design director and was responsible for making sure that the designs were forward thinking. They made sure to use materials that would be ultra futuristic, like plastic in all it’s forms; glossy, metalic, silver and white. The belief was that plastics would be the medium that would be used to help shape the future. On this particular unit they used their fair share of plastics, but the outer case is teak. These units sold for around $600 back in the day, which was quite an investment for that time period.

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This unit is surprisingly clean for its age.

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The Circa 703 has speakers in the base of the console. These satilite speakers will help fill the room with sound.

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All knobs are present and accounted for!

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Everything seems to work, but the record player needs a needle. The radio turns on and pulls in stations really well.

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