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Posted 2 months ago

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Gerthquake
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1966 General Electric Kalmar console stereo. This is by far the best looking mid century modern console stereo out there in my opinion.

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  1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 months ago
    My father had brought some of these home himself. Unfortunately I had to get rid of some, including one outstanding example.
  2. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 months ago
    I've gotta agree with you Gerthquake -- as such things go, that is quite a handsome unit! Love especially how they continued the 'vertical slat' design across the entire back of its cabinet, by any chance are there rear-facing speakers in there as well? (probably not) Cool also that it has the reel to reel tape machine included -- that's a way-fun 'extra' that's likely not commonly found these days?!

    Is it in working condition?
  3. Gerthquake, 2 months ago
    Everything but the reel to reel works but I replaced it with a higher end one and also replaced the turntable with a higher end Pioneer, I don't want to play some of my records on the old ceramic cartridge. I also put a tube amplifier in it. As far as the back goes no speakers and is a removable option so you can sit it in the middle of a room and entertain guests. It's actually the only one I have ever seen like that. I put the original components in storage so I can always put it back to original condition.
  4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 months ago
    I'd say that was a good call to replace/substitute it's guts. (esp since you preserved the originals!) Frankly, by today's standards the audio/build quality of nearly all those console stereos was pretty pathetic...but the cabinetry could be lots of fun! Neat detail about the back -- makes yours an even more-funner (and unique!) example!

    My next door neighbor-lady when I was growing up had a GE console stereo with a unique feature -- a small matching standalone box (maybe 8" x 12" x 4" or so?) with a single speaker in it, which actually functioned as a "wireless remote", usable in another room of the house to also play whatever the main unit was playing. I don't have any real memory of what either looked like, but no doubt it was the "latest-greatest hi-tech" feature available then (late 1960's or so) as her husband was a recently retired owner of a local GE appliance dealership.
  5. Gerthquake, 2 months ago
    Yes Porti-Fi my console was equipped with that feature but did not have the little external speaker. I just finished repairing some 12" Heathkit speakers for it. I'll add a couple more pics.
  6. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 months ago
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX6bzWBDAdI

    <thumbsup>

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