Vintage 1950's Tele-Tone Phonograph Restomod

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Project by John Wainwright posted 04-06-2016 01:32 AM 1053 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was more of a restoration upgrade than a scratch build. It started life as a beat-to-hell Tele-Tone tube phonograph, in really rough shape. The box and deck were covered in a horribly tattered canvas/tolex type material, and all of the metal parts were pretty beat up.

I rebuilt the case with lightly spalted pine, and the deck with 1/4” red oak ply. It got a fresh speaker with a nice tweed grill cloth, and the platter and tone-arm were refinished in hammered copper. I topped it off with a cork platter pad, and a retro cloth-covered twisted power cord.

-- What wood John do?

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 01:51 AM

That is cool. Nice design with the different wood!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 06:42 AM

You versioned yourself for very specific and unique projects and you doing it very well.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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