Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tube Powered Webcor Record Player. Warm Sound From Warm Electronics. Status: Not Just Pretty...It Works.
This little beauty was sitting neglected in the basement of an estate sale a couple years ago. It was filthy and kinda hidden under a table and didn't really look like much but something about the stance...the little scamp had me at hello!
It's a Webcor Allegro and it don't play no MP3s and it ain't got no I-pod dock. There's no
WiFi or Bluetooth or digital anything. It don't even got an RCA output. Too bad, I'd love to
plug it into my PC to record my LPs using those wonderful tubes! The tiny and very old
speaker just couldn't be doing justice to the sound of vintage vinyl but it does indeed work
and it's fun to play.
I'm not sure if the finish would be called simply Blonde or Limed Oak. I have a Limed Oak
dining set that this highly resembles. Check out that speaker cover. That's not speaker cloth.
It's actually a woven caning. Nice. Doesn't the shape of the unit have a Jetsons look to it?
Kinda makes ya wanna throw on some Miles Davis and have a record listening party, right?
Even the Webcor Allegro logo inside the lid has a Googie look to it. This a really mod unit man
even though the record player is so old school. It has 33, 45 and even the archaic 78 LP
speeds. The two potentiometers that control the volume and tone on the outside front of the
player had knobs that were not in such good condition so I replaced them with light knobs
from the hardware store. I still have the originals though...for reference, just in case I one
day want to track down some that more closely resemble the originals.