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How to remove nicotine staining from audio equipment

A lot of vintage audio equipment has a brown residue on it from years of being in a smoker’s home. The once shiny brushed-aluminium faceplate of that 70’s receiver may over the years have turned into a dull brownish-grey colour. It stands out like a sore thumb, but with a little elbow grease, and our “magic” cleaning method, you’ll wipe that residue right off.

The cleaning method discussed here can be used on wood, plastic and metals, without damaging the surface or damaging the lettering. It will likely work other things than audio equipment, but hey, that’s we’re going to use it for.

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Philips 212 Front view

Philips 212 Electronic turntable (22GA212)

At the time of writing, we have one of these Philips 212 turntables up for auction in our Catawiki store*. The auction ends 5/4/2016.

The Philips 22GA212 turntable, in short known as the Philips 212, is considered to be one of the best turntables that Philips has ever made, and it has achieved somewhat of a cult status in the eyes of audio enthusiasts and collectors. This is because of the floating suspension, and iconic green-lit touch keys.

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Philips 503 (22GF503)

Philips 503 suitcase record player (22GF503)

At the time of writing, we have one of these Philips 503 record players up for auction in our Catawiki store*. The auction ends 4/27/2016.

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*The item description for the auction has been auto-translated from Dutch to English by Catawiki 🙂

About the Philips 503 (22GF503) suitcase record player

The Philips 503 (22GF503) is a suitcase record player from the early 1970’s. It has a built-in mono amplifier and speaker. It can play records at 33, 45 and 78 RPM.

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LESA Lesaphon do sol

LESA Lesaphon Do-Sol suitcase record player

The LESA Lesaphon Do-Sol is a suitcase record player by the Italian manufacturer LESA. There is not a lot of info on this specific unit, but by our guess it was made in the early 70’s or late 60’s. It can be used to play records at 33, 45 as well as 78 RPM. It has a built-in speaker and amplifier, and also a DIN output.

We currently have this item for auction in our Catawiki store. This auction ends 4/15/2016.

We have various other LESA items in queue for auction. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our free mailing list to receive a reminder!

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Stack of turntables

Vinyl lovers: You won’t believe what we found in this attic…

Don’t you ever wish you could go back to the time where everyone was just throwing out their old turntables? Back then considered outdated trash, nowadays considered rare/valuable/good.

I think we all do.

Which is why we were very stoked to get the chance to clear out the attic of a thrift store that went out of business almost 20 years ago. All the treasures were stored in the attic of the shop and left untouched since then. The main floor had been repurposed, and the contents of the attic forgotten about.

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Philips 22GF403 suitcase record player

At time of writing, we have two of these record players up for auction in our Catawiki store, until 03/30/2016.

About the Philips 22GF403 suitcase record player

The Philips 22GF403 suitcase record player was introduced around the early 1970’s. It can be used to play records at 33, 45, as well as 78 RPM. There is a speaker and amplifier built into the chassis. There is also tone and volume controls.

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