Anyone for a space age gem? This Electrohome Apollo 711 audio system is up for sale on eBay, looking wonderfully futuristic.
It was made in Canada back in the 1970s (the range was made between 1970 and 1972), with the seller here purchasing it in the UK around five years ago.
The seller believes this space piece was top of the range back in the day, not least because of its brushed aluminium tulip stand and because it also incorporated a radio as well as the record player. Love that smoked glass lid too. Everything is rather tidy with this one as well, as the connections such as speakers, tape, and so on are at the underside of the stand.
As a design piece, it is worth checking out purely on that basis, but if you are planning on using it as an audio system, there are a few things to consider.
First up, it does not have built-in speakers but was being used with some without problem two years ago. Also, the seller notes that there is a on/off switch, but it doesn’t seem to work. Note too that it was produced in Canada and has a US plug, so is currently operated via a transformer.
There are a couple of other quirks with the unit too, which are outlined in the description. The bottom line is that it isn’t perfect, but it is also a record player and radio pushing 50 years old, so it’s hardly a surprise. Read the full details, make up your mind and decide if this works for you.
Whether it has issues or not, this is a very rare piece of audio, especially in the UK and as such, it will command a price regardless with its strong look.
The seller has this on a ‘Buy it Now’ of £549, with the option to make a cheaper offer.