GE General Electric Portable Automatic Record Player
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Sold Date: 07/07/2008
Channel: Online Auction
G reetings, vintage vinyl record enthusiasts! Looking for a truly portable automatic record player? That's an unusual combination of record player features, but sure enough, we have just that! It's a nice clean example of the Portable Automatic Record Player, model GE V638H from the mid-60s. This solidly-built portable has a high impact plastic suitcase type case with handles, and an attractive burnt orange turntable deck. This record player runs and plays now, but it will require some attention to make it fully operational. See the details below. This record player consists of a 3-speed Automatic RD703GIA Record Changer; a Solid State amplifier, and a unique 6" x 2-1/2" elliptical speaker. The changer mechanism uses metal parts (not flimsy plastic). Its turntable spins at three speeds: 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm. T are two separate needles on its flip cartridge, so that the correct size stylus is available for LPs, 45s and 78s. The changer was designed to stack and play 7", 10" & 12" records. T is a switch for making this selection. The original changer spindle adapter for 45-rpm records is also included. T is a dedicated compartment to store the 45 spindle, when not in use. Power requirements are 117 VAC (60 Hz), 30 watts. The power cord wraps up neatly on dedicated racks on the back.
This record player is well-preserved. T are no missing parts. The unit has been carefully cleaned and detailed, inside and out. The case is in excellent condition, except for several spots of discoloration on the top. The turntable spins at the proper pitch on all three speeds. The amplifier works perfectly, with no hum or other extraneous noises. The record player currently plays 78 rpm records fine, with surprisingly rich sound. However, to play LPs and 45s, the 45/LP needle will need to be replaced. The needle appears to be the Astatic type with the flip fin. Such needles/styli are easy to replace, and are available on line from sites like /Online-Store . The start and reject functions work, as does the record changer, but some adjustments need to be made to correct the tone arm landing and rejection trigger point, as the arm falls short of the record lead-ins for the selected record size, and its pedestal when rejecting in automatic mode. The rubber matte on the platter is in excellent condition. T is slight scratching on the brushed aluminum trim on the platter, and a small amount of wear to the brushed aluminum plate at the turntable speed control. Additional service information can be found in Sams Photofact publication folder 890-5. If you are looking for a well-built portable record player to take with you, and play those old 78s, 45s, or LPs, with just a little TLC, this could be just perfect portable record player for you. It's a beautiful nostalgic piece! Don't miss out!
GE Automatic Portable Record Player V638H
Serial Number: 2252D
Made in USA
Dimensions: 13-1/2"W x 14"D x 7"H
Shipping Weight: 12-1/2 lbs.
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