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In 1950, Zenith introduced the Cobra-Matic variable speed automatic record changer – the “first and only changer that plays any speed record now made or yet to come, 10 rpm to 85...with two simple controls a six-year-old can operate.” This particular model is highly prized among collectors and admired for its mid-century design that takes its design cues from the Detroit road queens of the 50s. This is one gorgeous hunk of Bakelite!
1951 Zenith Cobra-Matic H664
This phonograph was restored using parts from three different units. Each unit had its problems but also had working parts that were good enough for a perfect one. All the capacitors and tubes were replaced. The turntable was sent out to be reflocked. The Cobra-Matic cartridge was replaced with a new old stock. The speaker grill was cleaned of rust and repainted and the Bakelite case was polished and buffed to a showroom shine.
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