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1964 Magnavox Console Stereo in Ebony, Asian style cabinet
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Post# 1030849   4/25/2019 at 22:56 (402 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        

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Just wanted to share a special (to me, anyway) and somewhat rare/uncommon Magnavox console I've had forever and ever. This is something I was very afraid to unwrap after a cross country move. Finally got to it today after 5 months....movers did it no favours. Scuffs, scratches, a couple nasty cracks in the cabinet. Not happy...BUT it still sounds like a dream. This is a fairly scarce Asian style cabinet model from Magnavox in 1964--perfect fit in the new 1964 house! Camera was messing with me, so some shots are not so hot...will have to photo again when I get the restoration and touchup work done...

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Post# 1030854 , Reply# 1   4/26/2019 at 00:25 (402 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Wow! An exotic beauty, indeed. Will always be a big fan of the Collaro record-changing system. Grew up with a circa '58 Magnavox.

Post# 1030874 , Reply# 2   4/26/2019 at 09:05 (401 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Love it!

Magnavox made some good stuff in those days.

Post# 1030900 , Reply# 3   4/26/2019 at 16:07 (401 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Was that right?

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The record deck was made in England ? Goodness and it still works lol

Post# 1030901 , Reply# 4   4/26/2019 at 16:16 (401 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

Interesting that they had a zip code for Magnavox Fort Wayne.

Post# 1030905 , Reply# 5   4/26/2019 at 18:26 (401 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
"oriental" cabinet... really cool and unusual-I have a little 5-tube radio made in Japan in 1962 with similar styling:)

Post# 1030935 , Reply# 6   4/27/2019 at 00:06 (401 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Very Cool Magnavox Hi-fi console.I also like the Collaro TT's in the Magnavox sets.

Post# 1031006 , Reply# 7   4/27/2019 at 18:59 (400 days old) by 48bencix (Sacramento CA)        
Astro Sonic

Really nice cabinet design for your Astro Sonic Magnavox.

Post# 1031043 , Reply# 8   4/27/2019 at 21:42 (400 days old) by SudsMaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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That is sure a beauty. It would probably fetch a nice price in SF's Chinese community.

I happen to have a Magnavox console of the same vintage. It came with all the documentation, including a receipt from Capwells for $440, dated May 1964. Owner's manual, warranty certificate, etc. I picked it up off Craigslist about 15 years ago. A few years later the seller called me and said he'd sell my his dad's 78 rpm collection. Some cool stuff.

The turntable on mine is "Imperial Micromatic". A little more streamlined than yours. Everything works, although the treble seems to be attenuated on 33 rpm mode. Might be a cartridge issue, don't know. I tried a different one and it had the opposite effect: bass attenuated! LOL.

The styling on mine is more Danish modern. Nice to look at, but nowhere near as exotic as your gem.


Post# 1031307 , Reply# 9   4/30/2019 at 02:34 (398 days old) by funktionalart (Rison, AR)        
Glad you guys's a quick vid clip/sound sampl

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This is just FM stereo. The turntable sound is really off, so I just grabbed the phone and shot this while oldies 101.3 here was on...

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