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1959 Motorola Portable Record Player (modle: SH17N)

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Mel and I recently picked this unit up and we think its fantastic! This thing is a monster in size, it must weigh almost 50 lbs.!

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For the age of this unit it is in remarkable condition.

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I really love the warm glow of the imitation reptile skin that covers the whole case. It has a warm caramel glow to it.

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The speakers on this player are really large. They can actually be removed from the player and be placed in different parts of the room giving a stereo feel when played. The fabric on the front of the speakers are mint.

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I now need to find a record player stand that can handle the size on this monster. The gentleman I purchased it from said it had only been played a couple of dozen times.

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As you can see this unit is soo clean for its age. All I had to do to it is dust it.

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Here is the original makers tag with all its important information. I plan to keep this in our collection and the best thing is it still works! We will enjoy listening to Dean Martin on this player.

 

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  1. OhhhhhhhhhhMG! That is one incredible piece. I adore the old “portables”. Mom had one of the first – probably like this, & I had one as a teen. Loved the removable speakers. How’s the sound? Got me droolin here!

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  2. Diana Bailleres

    we, my family had one like this. Dad bought it in Delicias Chihuahua in 1960. I enjoyed very much listening Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, It had a very nice sound in stereo. recall many beautiful memories related with music.

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  3. I had no idea these came in caramel color. My Dad brought one home in a charcoal color, along with the first two stereo records released by Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky’s 1st piano concerto and Rachmaninov’s 3rd. Nobody we knew had ever heard a stereo set before. Loved that old machine, wish I still had it.

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