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 Post subject: Capeharts Anyone? Capehart Model 405C-AW
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:37 am 
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One of two series C machines known to currently exist, this one has special deluxe radio features. Capehart offered the series C 400 model starting in late 1934, production lasted through mid 1935. 16 radio tubes, 5 band all wave tuner, push pull parallel 2A5 output amplifier, 13.5 inch Jensen speaker, and special 16-E record changer; this machine was one the finest record player machines one could buy those two years.

The 16-E record changer is of most interest as it has the capability to play RCA Victrolac 33 ½ RPM records! The last year Capehart offered this feature on their 16-E changer, the user could play either 78 rpm or 33 ½ rpm(pre-war) records. While not as fancy as the other two machines I posted, this was the best Capehart had to offer in 1934-1935.

The implementation of the 5 band all wave tuner makes this the only known surviving example within collector hands. Standard and deluxe radio tuners were a customer option Capehart offered leading up to 1935. In 1936, Capehart did away with this feature offering a all wave tuner for all 400 models moving forward.

Very few units if any could compete with the 1935 series C machines. This unit has been dormant for decades and appears un-disturbed. We will tackle an restoration of the unit here on the forum for those interested!

Comments welcome,

Jon


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