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#1 Ghetteaux Les Fabulous

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 01:45 AM

I've had this garage sale find for several years now. Only now just got around to taking care of some cabinet damage that occurred before I'd bought it - the belt clip had come off and taken its brass mount with it - by picking up a junk unit on eBay.

 

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And here is the 'new' back panel - with previous owner's engraving...

 

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I actually tried to fix the junk unit but it was too far gone to be worth the trouble. Here are its mechanicals - the design has the rewind and fast forward counter-intuitively positioned...

 

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Here are its electronics - note the use of printed resistors...

 

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Overall, this is no great shakes as a music player - piano and similar sounds are a bit off - but it's a fairly robust unit with only the one belt to change. Here are a couple videos of the wee beastie playing an old GE stereo demonstration tape...