Art Deco at its best with a complete and very rare Lafayette vintage
system, matching Tube Amp and Tuner and ultra rare speaker Cabinet.
Here is a link to the history of Lafayette and Goodman.
Here is a link to the complete restoration project from start to finish with many pictures:
Stereo 224 integrated Tube amp circa 60-64 Made in Japan
Lafayette LT-77 dual am/fm Tube tuner circa 60-64 Made in Japan
Ultra Rare Lafayette speaker cabinet with Goodman 15" SK111 coax drivers and original crossovers. Circa early 60's
2 Lafayette catalogs-1960 and 1964 which advertise the tuner and the amp., complete the set.
The speaker cabinet has been completely restored. The Goodman's SK-111
15" coax speakers were made in England for Lafayette. The solid, ribbon
Mahogany tops and bottoms are beautiful. The speaker cab has twin front
ports and is side firing. The doors are more than decorative, and act
as adjustable sound panels and volume control. There are two front
mounted attenuators for high frequency control. 3" of foam was added to
the inside for increased bass response.
New period correct grill cloth was installed and a replica grill badge was hand crafted to give it the Lafayette identity.
Lafayette Stereo 224 integrated tube amp and Lafayette LT-77 Tube tuner.
Both components were restored by Savage Audio in MN, who specialize in
building and restoring tube gear. The amp has been recapped and has a
tube upgrade of 4, NOS Telefunken EL86 Output tubes and a Mullard 5AR4
Rectifier tube. The original Maatshitsu 12AX7 preamp tubes remain. All
tubes test out beyond spec. The tuner has all original tubes that also
test beyond spec. All electronics and caps. were tested and are fine.
Tuner strings were replaced and re-calibrated. I can provide paper work
for all repairs. Both units were meticulously cleaned inside and out.
Both cases were repainted to factory match color and and given 3 coats
of clear coat. Both in EXCELLENT Condition.
The Lafayette Stereo 224 amp is Japanese smooth.
It features dual concentric controls for volume, bass, and treble.
Potted transformers. Very nice 12 watts per channel. It drives the
15"Goodman SK111 co-ax's with ease and gives that fabulous, smooth tube
sound. Gold and Ivory colors with machined chrome knobs.
Stereo 224 Features:
Frequency Response: 20-25,000 CPS t/- 1db at 1
Watt Hum and Noise -73 db Below rated output
Dual concentric controls
Head phone jack
Aux, tuner, phono dial
4 position mode dial-mono left, mono right, stereo, reverse
Rumble filter switch
Phase reverse switch
Speaker Headphone switch
8 and 16 OHM speaker output switch
Dual tape outputs
Tube complement: 3-Matashitsu 12AX7, 4-NOS Telefunken 6GW8/EL86, 1-Mullard 5AR4
Low profile design with angled feet.13 7/8Wx5 1/8Hx8 1/2D-18lbs
The LT-77 Tuner was futuristic and current.
It had the separate AM and FM tuning for simulcast stereo broadcasts
that lasted for about two years in the 60's and has the port for the
Multiplex adapter for future stereo use. I was not able to locate a
Lafayette Multiplex adapter.
LT-77 Stereo Tuner Features:
Gold and Ivory with machined chrome knobs
Independent tuning sections for AM and FM
Individual Gain controls
Precision Twin tuning meters-center mounted
Fly Wheel tuning
AM, FM, AFC Defeat, Stereo
2-3 Gang Condensers
Tube Complement: 2-6AQ8, 4-68A6, 2-AU6, 1-6BE6, 1-6AL5, 1-6x4
More technical specs than I care to list but, they are in the catalog.
14 1/2Wx10 5/8Dx4 1/8H-14lbs.
Lafayette speaker cab measures: 38"Wx21 1/4"Dx26"H and 77" wide with doors open. Weight is approximately 100lbs.
This has absolutely been the most fun of all the projects I have done.
This would be fantastic in a loft or a vintage audio/antiques room. All
components were bought from different individuals who had recently
inherited them from parents and the speakers from an uncle.
Technically, they are ONE owner items. Speakers and tubes are worth over $1000 by themselves. How many retro conversation
pieces do you have that sound this good? I also have heavy duty,
vintage Gold castors for the cabinet if you would like to roll this
around until you find the right room for it.
Crating and packing for all 5 pieces will be $200 and shipping charges to be determined on buyers location.
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