Ok, I’m back after a frustrating last couple weeks, and I’ve managed to pick up a few more records and even found an interesting piece of audio history.
I stopped at my local Goodwill a few weeks back to dodge the rain. Now, I’ve found some nicer finds there before, and unlike some other thrift stores, they don’t have two foot tall stacks on a bottom shelf to sort through. On top of that the also get in a lot of older electronics, and this day I found an extremely interesting piece.
This is a Juliette multi-function audio system. On the top is a three speed record player, accompanied by a cassette deck with recording capabilities. On the front is an 8-track player, and AM/FM stereo with all the extras.
So I bet your asking, did you buy it? No! The reason being is that Goodwill wanted $125 for this system. For a piece of equipment from I’m guessing the late 70’s from a company I never heard of, that’s is a bit too high for my wallet, although they would’ve made a buyer of me at $40.
As for the company, Juliette, I’ve never heard of them before. It occurred to me that it may be an old in-house Montgomery-Ward brand, but as I looked into it that is not the wasn’t the case.
What I found most interesting about this system is that it’s an interesting piece of transitional technology. Seeing both 8-track and cassette on the same system is kind of unique, especially considering cassette replaced 8-track as a portable audio media with in a very short period. As you look at this system it seems as if the 8-track and record player are the stars of the show, but it’s interesting to think that a system like this would have allowed a user to create mixer tapes or just straight out copies of records and 8-tracks. So that tape player hidden on the record deck would increase it’s value to the owner as time went by, and become the true star of the show or that is until CDs came along.
As you know from my previous posts I do have an interest in old audio technologies, and this system peaked my interest in 8-track. To be honest it was ever so slightly before my time, and I had known it more as the butt of many jokes, as I got older. Yet, I had to wonder what 8- track’s sounded like? Luckily my brother in law came to the rescue, with some fairly fond memories of an 8-track and of having 8-track and cassette at the same time. From what I understand 8-track audio was was actually superior to cassette, since 8-track was a descendant of 2-track a.k.a. “Reel-to-Reel” tape. 2-track was actually considered to have the highest fidelity, and was, and in some cases still is, used by the recording industry to make the masters that everything from vinyl to electronic formats are based on. It was explained to me once how the “tracks” work, I forgot a lot of it but most of what I do remember is very technical and a bit more then I want to add here.
To say the least I will continue on record shopping for now, and leave 8- track for another time. But I still have to admit this system was an interesting find.