Mel and I have had this player for some time. This is the table top model, but they also made ones that had a tulip base stand.
We purchased this base that was originally for a terrarium, but was missing the plastic ball terrarium topper. I wasn’t sure what to do with this base until we saw online an exhibit that San Francisco Museum of Modern Art did about the 70’s. In the exhibit, they used the same record player paired with a similar base. With that idea, I was excited to bring these two pieces together.
I could have painted the base a hundred different colors, but I felt that black looked best with the black accents on the record player. After the paint dried, I had to drill holes to route the cord through the center.
I also wanted to cut out three holes on the bottom to keep the cord and speaker wires separate from one another.
After all the drilling and painting was done, all I had to do was bring these two together. I love the results!
I think this unit looks really slick now!
This is way more space age looking.
Mel and I were at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire this last weekend that is held the first Sunday of every month.
There were some cool items out for sale, but we were blown away by this Electrohome unit for sale by our friend Ed. He saw our Hepcat Restorations and the recent post we did on our newly acquired “Ultra rare RCA record player, radio and cassette player“. At the bottom of that post I showcased other units I wish I could find, and this was one of them! We were so excited to see Ed had this and he brought it thinking it was something we would dig, and he was right.
They made an acompaning chair that allowed you to listen and control the music from the Circa 703, what a cool idea! I can’t imagine there are many of those chairs around now.
The designing mind behind Electrohomes Circa 75 was Gordon Duer. He was the design director and was responsible for making sure that the designs were forward thinking. They made sure to use materials that would be ultra futuristic, like plastic in all it’s forms; glossy, metalic, silver and white. The belief was that plastics would be the medium that would be used to help shape the future. On this particular unit they used their fair share of plastics, but the outer case is teak. These units sold for around $600 back in the day, which was quite an investment for that time period.
This unit is surprisingly clean for its age.
The Circa 703 has speakers in the base of the console. These satilite speakers will help fill the room with sound.
All knobs are present and accounted for!
Everything seems to work, but the record player needs a needle. The radio turns on and pulls in stations really well.