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 Post subject: Williams Stereo Futura
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 6:51 pm 
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Anyone got any idea at all what I just bought?

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 Post subject: Re: Williams Stereo Futura
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 7:18 pm 
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That appears to be a novelty item, likely from the mid-late 1960's, but could be as late as the early 1970's, featuring stereo equipment hidden inside a cabinet specifically designed to look like an end table. Probably would have been bought by someone who didn't like the thought of having a large console stereo in the living room, or didn't want the equipment out in the open on shelves. Never heard of the brand, but several other manufacturers offered similar units around the same time. The owner would still have to add external speakers to get any meaningful separation of left and right channels, but those could have sat on a bookshelf, or been hidden behind furniture in corners of the room.

Hard to tell from the photos but it looks like there is a mechanism on top of the amplifier designed to play some sort of tape cartridge of that era, probably either a 4 track or 8 track.

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 Post subject: Re: Williams Stereo Futura
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 7:30 pm 
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I don't think it's a brand. The seller said it was custom made.


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 Post subject: Re: Williams Stereo Futura
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 7:43 pm 
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Jaderose wrote:
I don't think it's a brand. The seller said it was custom made.



That's entirely possible, although I would have expected to find high end brand name stereo equipment like Marantz or McIntosh in a custom made unit or one sold through an audio store as opposed to a department store.

The absence of any brand names on the amplifier and tuner would indicate those panels were specifically made for this unit, or the silk screened lettering of a brand name skillfully removed from a consumer grade FM tuner. It is extremely unlikely that anyone at that time would have designed and assembled their own electronics for a one-off project due to the complexity of early solid state circuitry. The BSR/McDonald changer is one step above entry level quality, where we would have expected at least a Garrard, perhaps a Thorens in a custom made unit.

If it was custom made, the builder could have loosely copied something they saw in a magazine or retail store, making a unit to suit their own needs and tastes in furniture. That shape of coffee table with marble top was quite popular back then, we had one with doors that opened to store books or whatever inside around 1970.

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 Post subject: Re: Williams Stereo Futura
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 8:00 pm 
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Yeah...I didn't pay a fortune for it so I'm not expecting audiophile but supposedly everything works and it looks to be in immaculate condition. The seller has a perfect rating on ebay so I'm hoping I got a good deal on a neat piece.


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 Post subject: Re: Williams Stereo Futura
PostPosted: Jan Mon 01, 2018 9:50 pm 
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I think it is a 4-track player similar to this one I have.

Also the receiver reminds me of a Monarch brand Japanese made receiver I have which uses Germanium transistors throughout.

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 Post subject: Re: Williams Stereo Futura
PostPosted: Jan Tue 02, 2018 12:09 am 
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It did mention a 4 track. Should be interesting


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 Post subject: Re: Williams Stereo Futura
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If it has a four track player, that would date it to around 1965-67, which would fit right in with the cabinet style. Some pictures of the receiver chassis would help.

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 Post subject: Re: Williams Stereo Futura
PostPosted: Jan Tue 02, 2018 1:09 pm 
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I'll post them when I get the unit. I pick it up on Saturday


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 Post subject: Re: Williams Stereo Futura
PostPosted: Jan Tue 02, 2018 6:01 pm 
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The knobs on the 4-track look just like the ones on my Muntz brand unit. Different face plate though.


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