SC 7300 Stereo System, 1973
Painted wood, metal, glass, plastic.
Gift of Theresa Fitzgerald. 1995-154-1-a/d.
- Designed by General Electric Company
What is this?
Unit comprising record turntable, radio/tuner and eight-track casette player in rectangular housing in top of white enameled wood pedestal (a); turntable and casette storage well in top, control knobs and radio on front; rectangular tinted plastic lid (b). Two upright rectangular speakers of white enameled wood faced with white plastic and dark fabric (c,d); speakers can fit on rectangular pedestal feet on either side of center column.
Why is this important?
This early 1970s General Electric stereo system includes a record turntable with automatic or manual change options, FM/AM radio/tuner, and an 8-track tape player in a pedestal-form unit. Twin speakers in matching white cases can fit snugly under the unit, creating a large box-like display, or can be separated, showcasing the main unit’s pedestal form. This was possibly inspired by Eero Saarinen’s pedestal chairs and tables which were fashionable at the time. Designed by GE’s in-house industrial design department, the SC7300 reveals major changes in popular taste. First, its design--advertised as a “free-standing, three-piece unit”--represents a growing trend for modular furniture. Second, the system indicates a transitional moment when music listeners slowly switched from vinyl records to tapes. A jack to plug in headphones also allowed for private listening, another growing trend. Though significant historically, the system’s manufacture was short-lived, and did not appear in GE catalogs after 1976.