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SC 7300 Stereo System

This is a Stereo system. It was designed by General Electric Company and manufactured by General Electric Company. It is dated 1973 and we acquired it in 1995. Its medium is painted wood, metal, glass, plastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

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.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Taking cues from portable tunes?.

It is credited Gift of Theresa Fitzgerald.

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  • 2011-5-1

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 75.5 x 71.2 x 41cm (29 3/4 x 28 1/16 x 16 1/8in.)

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SC 7300 Stereo System; Designed by General Electric Company; USA; painted wood, metal, glass, plastic; H x W x D: 75.5 x 71.2 x 41cm (29 3/4 x 28 1/16 x 16 1/8in.); Gift of Theresa Fitzgerald; 1995-154-1-a/d

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