This Old Console Stereo Hides A Liquor Cabinet

There was a time when consumer electronics were statement items, designed to resemble quality furniture that would be shown off as a centerpiece of the home. Televisions in ornate wooden cabinets, or stereos looking for all the world like sideboards. [Zethus] had just such a huge record player and radio combo in a sideboard, and having little use for the cream of 1950s home entertainment technology, he rebuilt it as a concealed liquor cabinet with electronic controls and a much more modern stereo that forms part of a Logitech Media Server multi-room system.

After removing the tube-based radio chassis and Garrard jockey-wheel turntable it was time to gut their supporting woodwork and install the platform derived from a standing desk. With suitably impressive lighting and a pair of VFD displays for the music choice, there is the inevitable Raspberry Pi running the show. Control is achieved by a set of hidden capacitive buttons, and there’s a Web interface to allow both music and magical appearance of alcohol from the comfort of a smartphone. The whole can be seen in the video below the break.

Whenever a piece of vintage electronics is gutted in this way there will always be people who find it disquieting, but the truth is that these all-in-one stereos were made in huge quantities during the mid-century period and do not have a significant value. This one may have lost its original electronics, but it lives on safe from the dump that has claimed so many of its brethren. Happily this isn’t the first one we’ve seen saved with a Pi.

10 thoughts on “This Old Console Stereo Hides A Liquor Cabinet

    1. I dunno about that, they could have just lost it, brought one out with juniper berries in, huh? If I wanted stuff that tasted like gin, I’d buy gin. :-D That’s their new Forager Botanical whisky if you want to try something completely different, it has a more complex profile than just juniper though and is pretty cheap for the adventurous.

  1. Perfect to stream the Illinois Street Lounge station from Soma-FM. Mid century space age bachelor pad music, Martiniized of course. Shaken or stirred. Put it all on a macro function with low lights and raise the booze.

  2. I actually have one s those. Recap and rebuild the electronics and have a very good sound. Even my wife like that old brown coffin. Cant compare with a modern classic amp. The tubes are way better

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