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#1 samovar

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 02:07 PM

Monday afternoon. I've just come home from work, when Lasonic TRC 920 sends me the following picture via WhatsApp:

 

Attached File  van_Halen_1978.jpg   108.39K   8 downloads

 

"What do you see?" reads his text. And I, "Well, they look like the van Halen. So what?"

"Take a closer look", he says. "Do you recognize it?"

 

Good Lord! It's a box! Between the bass drum and Eddie.

 

"Feels like a JVC", I say.

 

Or is it? It may be a Crown or even a Sanyo, I think. But no, it's definitely a JVC. I know that box, I have seen it already although I don't own one. The tweeters give it away. What's the model number? I've always troubles with the JVCs, elegant and quality units which, for mysterious reasons, do not rank among the most desired units in my book.

 

"It's definitely a JVC. Let me check, I should identify it soon", I write. And I start looking at the WIkiBoombox page until I find it, take a screenshot and I am about to answer when I get the following message:

 

"Stop searching. According to hisrudeness, it's a JVC RC 727"

 

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Fittingly enough, I think. Since that's another Four Nation Action, this time not in Pompei but online:

 

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Since I mentioned the Four Nation Action, you may wonder what Hurb has to do with it. Well it's Van Halen on December 1978 at the Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood. Who better than a Dutch collector can certify the Dutch-American guitar player's band love for the boombox? :-)



#2 Reli

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 02:12 PM

Fun fact, the condensor microphones on that JVC rotate, just like the tweeters on the Sanyo M9994



#3 jimmyjimmy19702010

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 11:35 PM

Fun fact, the condensor microphones on that JVC rotate, just like the tweeters on the Sanyo M9994

The mics on my 727 don’t rotate. :-)

#4 deech

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 07:51 AM

Sal, have you checked your private messages on Boomboxery lately? 

 

This is a charming 70s boombox from JVC btw.

 

The JVC RC-717 a late 70s boombox has rotating mics for sure.

I dont know about the rotating tweeters of the 727,

never had the pleasure to see one too.

 

The 727 looks like the Stereo brother of another nice Mono from

JVC . The JVC RC-525. It looks like they share some parts

plus they are made in the exact same era. The Golden Era of Boombox.

 

Van Halen also released a 7'' vinyl disc depicting David Lee Roth holding an 

unknown mini boombox.

 

https://ultimateclas...n-halen-panama/



#5 Reli

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 08:38 AM

You're right, only the 717 had rotating mics



#6 Hisrudeness

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 12:02 PM

Saw one of these in the flesh a couple of weeks ago. Better in the flesh. Really bold styling.



#7 jimmyjimmy19702010

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 11:14 PM

Not power houses by any means - the RC-717 - 1.2 watts per channel, RC-727 - 2 watts per channel and zero bass!! :-)