My father-in-law just passed away, and he has a working Rek-O-Cut Rondine Jr. turntable built into a http://flic.kr/s/aHsjyQv4wj
Colonial Reproductions cabinet seen here. My mother-in-law is looking to sell it but we are trying to get a value for it. I saw a different model sell on Ebay for $895 built into a box.
This thing has original bill of sale and all the manuals, etc. It is only 33 RPM and 78 RPM, no 45 rpm. Just curious if anyone has an idea and if they might be interested. She lives on Cape Cod, MA.
Anyone have any idea how to value it? It was top of the line from what I read on the documents when he bought it years ago...
Thanks for your help in this time of grief.
This is information I’ve found so far:
The turntable is circa 1955 era. It is a Rel-O-Kut Rondine JR L-37
Rondine JR L-37
Rek-O-Kut Rondine JR
idler drive Motor
-40dB Wow and Flutter
0.25% wrms Speeds
33, 78 rpm Platter
305 x 381 mm Weight
6.8 kg Year
Those turntables were sold without pick up arms, as was usual for transcription turntables of that era.
General Electric VRII cartridge, which is a variable reluctance cartridge. In those days, cartridges were either variable reluctance, moving coil or crystal/ceramic.
That arm is an Audax KT 12
It is in a very nice cabinet.
I found one of those smaller LP records I thought was a 78 RPM but it turned out it was a 33 RPM in his collection. It was Dixieland Comes to Carnegie Hall, Stan Rubin & his Tigertown Five, recorded at the Carnegie Hall Performance, November 27, 1954.
RCA Victor LPM -3277. High Fidelity.
I've uploaded a picture of the original speaker that came with the system. A working Rondine RJ speaker http://www.flic.kr/p/bKj3RM
. My father-in-law had upgraded his system over the years and has a Harmon-Kardon Amp and Advent speakers.
The button on the speaker says: An Authentic Rondine, with large RJ in the middle.
Anyway, I put it on and hooked up the equipment and made a video of the unit in action. The sound on my camera video is not anywhere near as nice as it sounds coming through the speaker, but you can get the idea. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BQj2mi7Ot4
I put up more photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/76966779@N08/sets/
This one [url][url]http://www.flic.kr/s/aHsjyR4NAm[/url][/url] shows the audax up close. It appears that you can set the gram weight to as low as 1 gram. The needle cartridge apparently has 2 needles on it, and you switch from 78 to LP by pushing and turning the cartridge around. There's a close up of the head in this series.
I also put up more photos of the cabinet which has the original design specifications drawn by hand and the letters from Colonial reproductions confirming the plans and contract. I also took some photos of the extra rubber feet and other parts that were not used for this install.