Frank Zappa’s estate unveils retro stereo furniture
These days, such monstrosities are no longer tolerated by anyone–except, maybe, the estate of Frank Zappa. Full-range rattlers behind the barely transparent mesh grills. Once a side finished playing, the tonearm swung back, the next record dropped into place and began to play. No idea. It was also the era when audio and video equipment was often disguised as massive pieces of furniture. One day back in the 1970s, a pickup backed into our driveway. 1.”
Inside you’ll find a Pro-Ject Esprit CS turntable (a good one!), a 2.1 speaker system, a 100-watt sub, two aux inputs and Apple Airplay. Viking was in Eatons’ in-house electronics brand. Dad bought it second-hand for $100, a huge sum back in those days. Speakers? In the back was a massive Viking console stereo. Read more here. If that’s not enough, a big selection of Zappa albums are included along with some Zappa-themed whiskey glasses and a few other things. Inside was an AM/FM radio and a Gerrard automatic record changer, the kind that allowed you to stack at least six albums on a tall spindle. It looked something like this, only bigger. But only ten are being made, so it’s not going to be cheap. That’s the soundwave from Frank’s 1988 composition, “Sofa No. How much? You could have maybe two hours’ worth of music lined up. Frank’s estate has announced a new deal with LUNO, a luxury design company for this “luxury hi-fi console series,” resulting in “The SSK Soundwave, FZ Limited Edition.”
See the brass inlay?
A lot bigger.