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Each picture below is a link to a larger picture, plus more information about each record player, including the tube complement.  Don't miss it!
 
General Electric JM-3   1942
This is a super-streamlined 78-rpm record player, made for the 1942 model year—a model year that was cut short by the United States' entry into World War II and the conversion of consumer manufacturing facilities over to military use.  The player was to be plugged into the phonograph input of a radio so equipped.  It has no active electronics—only a crystal pickup, volume control, and motor.Click for more about this phono


Silvertone 9073B   1950
Click for more about this radio-phonoThis is a radio/record-player combination unit.  The radio uses the common All American Five circuit, and the phono pickup is connected into the audio amplifier section.


Voice of Music 985   1952
Oooh, this one sure is ugly, isn't it?  But it uses one of those wonderful V-M "tri-o-matic" record changers that I grew up with, so I couldn't resist when I saw it available for sale.  Thus are junk collections made.Click for more about this phono
 
Voice of Music 920   ca. 1953
I grew up with another copy of this same V-M model.  When I was still just a toddler, my parents began to let me play records on it.  It was kept in the bottom (so I could reach) drawer of a cabinet in my parents' kitchen, and it played through our Firestone S-7426-1, which was specially modified with a phono input jack.  My parents later told me that I got a head start on learning to read by reading the labels on their 78-rpm record collection as I picked the ones I wanted to hear.Click for more about this record player


Zenith H664   1951
Oh boy . . . attach drool cups!  The entire humongous cabinet of this radio/phono combo, including the ginormous lid, is molded from Bakelite.  It has a large eight-inch speaker, and an advanced single-knob tone control (in the center of the radio dial pointer) that removes treble tones when turned counterclockwise and removes bass tones when turned clockwise.  It's almost as good as having separate bass and treble controls.  The overall result is a very good sounding radio, much better than I expected from an All American Five circuit.Click for more about this radio/phonograph


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