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1958 RCA Victor Mark IX “Stereo Twins” SHP-9

1958 RCA Victor Mark IX “Stereo Twins” SHP-9

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I have always been a fan of RCA.  I like the styling of their units and they always seem to be reliable.  I was cruising Craigslist as usual, when I saw this unit in Merced and decided to zip down and pick it up.  Overall, it’s in great shape, but the needle needs to be replaced. The cabinets of both units are also in good condition.

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Obviously, this unit is called “Stereo Twins” because it has the main unit and a matching satellite speaker.  This sort of set up fills a room with sound, it’s fantastic!

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Someone at some point mounted a Heathkit tuner (AJ-14) into the record storage area.  I am not sure if I am sold on it yet.  I might remove it so it looks more original.  When I checked with our good friend Justin at Stellar Electronics, he said that he has only seen these units with a phonograph.  He said the Heathkits were usually sold as kits which were assembled after you bought them. So, this is a DIY job.

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This still has the original 45 adapter.

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Justin was also able to help me find a replacement needle (EVM-80x), thanks Justin!

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The speaker fabric is in fantastic original condition.  This set was cared for and loved by someone to be in this great of shape.

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This looks great in our office and will really be a nice addition to all the other vintage audio equipment in our collection.  I have alway been drawn to vintage electronics, and I love the quality of the sound they produce.

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1958 Olympic Hi-Fi Combo Color Conversion

IMG_5847This was a long anticipated arrival!  Justin picked up this 1958 Olympic Hi-Fi (black and white) unit at a yard sale a while back and when I saw it in his shop I knew it had to be be mine.  You might remember the GE conversion  Justin did not too long ago.  That unit worked out great, and I knew Justin would do the same with this unit.

IMG_5822Justin went through the radio and record player to make sure they worked perfectly.

IMG_5825The color tube(CRT) Justin installed is from a 90’s RCA television.

IMG_5823Justin did such a fantastic job on this one.  He went as far as to custom make switch mechanisms so the original knobs work and function with the new conversion.

IMG_5840Justin was able to make the “Hi Fidelity” light function while the television is on.

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Without further ado here is the result of Justin’s efforts.

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And as with all Justin’s conversions it comes with a universal remote, not standard equipment in the 1950’s!

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Justin also installed the remote sensor in a way that it doesn’t take away from the appearance of the unit.

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That little black rectangle is the sensor he installed in the grill of the Hi-Fi console.

Another great piece to enjoy for years to come.

IMG_5832Here is Justin going over what he did to make this gem more modern!

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