SETRON (WELTRON) '2005' Space Odyssey Stereo System - 1973 Space Age Circular White Plastic Turntable Record Player Radio 8-Track Cassette

SETRON (WELTRON) '2005' Space Odyssey Stereo System - 1973 Space Age Circular White Plastic Turntable Record Player Radio 8-Track Cassette

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Super-rare and sought after, this space age stereo unit was launched in 1973 by U.S. electronics company Weltron. Model 2005 was part of a range entitled “The New Shape of Sound”, inspired by the moon landings and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Housed in a flying-saucer shaped white ABS plastic casing, the unit comprises:
- 45/33/78 rpm auto record-changing BSR turntable in good working order
- FM/AM radio in good working order with green and blue psychedelic circular console light
- 8-track cassette player (untested)
- Internal stereo speakers in good working order

White ABS plastic casing in excellent condition. Top section lifts off for display or play without lid. Original smoked plastic hinged lid in good condition considering these are usually broken or missing. There is a single crack close to the hinge, as pictured. Hinge is not sprung.

Original four castor ball feet all present, enabling the unit to be pushed round tabletop or floor with ease, plus push in rod which releases a rubber stopper to stabilise.

Weltron was based in Durham, North Carolina. In other countries they re-badged their products and distributed through well-known brands for that region. In Singapore under the Setron brand, the UK under the Prinzsound brand, in Canada the Fleetwood brand, and in Australia the GEC brand.

A listing in Billboard 26 May 1973, prices the product new at “under $300”, approximately $1650 at today’s values. See magazine cutting photo.

Original wiring, UK 3-pin plug, please note this item has not been PAT tested.

Unit measures approx 23”/58cm in diameter and 10”/23cm in height. Weight approx 13kg.

THE essential stereo for mods, retro-lovers, vintage hi-fi nuts, plastiphiles, and space age addicts.

Please note there are no separate speakers or stand with this item.

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