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#1 Beosystem10

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 10:03 AM

I'm excited and can't wait (must do though) for this to get here!

 

I had one of these from when it was new but it was burgled out of my car back in 1993. I had a Philips in-dash record player as my main source of in car entertainment then and the F73, because of its amazingly stable transport, DC input socket and an output that would go more than high enough to match the record player's amp inputs (even less sensitive than ceramic cartridges, these old crystal ones were, but they could play at massive bias and downforce settings which is useful in a moving car, especially an old one with trap spring suspension). I wouldn't mind, but they could have taken the record player and it would have been covered for far more than its value at the time by my insurance. The Walkman, because it wasn't fitted to the car permanently, was excluded. The miserable ba****ds!

 

So this one is coming from an Alabama-based seller with lots of excellent positive feedback comments, I've looked at massive and very detailed images of it and if this guy says it works, then it will.

And ironically, what I plan to use it for among other things is to connect to the "Infotainment" system in my current daily car, whose interfaces include a 1/8" stereo input socket at line level which will be easy to match with the Walkman's headphone socket.

Best bit is that I still have the Sennheisers that I bought to use with my original F73 back then and I'm massively looking forward to using them again. Not in the car, obviously. :-D



#2 im_alan_partridge

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:12 PM

Well done John, its always nice to pick up a personal grail.

 

But did you say "in dash record player", i never even knew such a thing exsisted.



#3 Beosystem10

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:26 PM

Yes, this:

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lived in the dash of this:

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The car, now reunited with its original plate; 4388DG, is still around but hasn't been out since 2011. The record player was sold in 1989 when I bought a period HMV (as in the people whose "Nipper" icon was borrowed by JVC) valve radio for the Oxford and had to sell something to fund it! :blush: :sad:



#4 im_alan_partridge

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:30 PM

Wow, never seen one of those before. Nice car btw.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:49 PM

My dad had an OEM record player in his 1967 Pontiac 2+2 convertible. He special ordered car from factory and chose options. No pics of player but here is the car ;-)

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#6 Beosystem10

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 04:40 PM

I just love the way that packages from the USA can be tracked so easily! :thumbsup:

 

 

Global tracking #:

UPAAA000000042059745

Courier:

Multiple Carriers

Status:

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In Transit-Sorting Complete

Jan-13-14, 09:34 AM, ERLANGER, KY 41018

In Transit-Arrival at Post Office

Jan-13-14, 02:18 AM, ERLANGER, KY 41018

In Transit-Depart USPS Sort Facility

Jan-13-14, 00:00 AM, CINCINNATI, OH 45235

In Transit-Processed through USPS Sort Facility

Jan-12-14, 20:55 PM, CINCINNATI, OH 45235

The Walkman might arrive this month at this rate. :yes: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:



#7 Beosystem10

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:54 AM

I now have a stupid big grin right across my face and why? Because this thing arrived a few minutes ago and it's totally f'n mint!

It looks even better than the seller's large pictures suggested it was and it sounds absolutely superb!

 

The yellowness of the thing hasn't been lost over the years and it has quite literally no signs of its age except for a very slight stiffening of the rubber bungs that go into the earphone and DC sockets, but that was soon solved with a quick dose of glycerine just as I would have given the pinch rollers (2 of them of course, seeing as it plays in both directions) had they needed some softening up but they are perfect, the motor is perfect, the speed stability is perfect, the reception on both Medium Waveband and VHF, yep; perfect too.

 

:-D  I know it's only a floating Walkman that nobody ever actually used in wet conditions in any case but it's my personal grail and it's here and it's a - here come that word again - perfect example.

 

The seller is a credit to Alabama, to the United States generally and to eBay. Buy stuff from him, he's a 100% rock solid honest man and that, sadly, is all too rare outside of this forum.

Off to play some very knarly 1970s rock now...... :thumbsup:



#8 Ghetteaux Les Fabulous

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 12:09 PM

My dad had an OEM record player in his 1967 Pontiac 2+2 convertible. He special ordered car from factory and chose options. No pics of player but here is the car ;-)

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This site has info on highway hifi - they focus on Chrysler's version which played proprietary format records.



#9 baddboybill

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 03:46 PM

This site has info on highway hifi - they focus on Chrysler's version which played proprietary format records.


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