Our Antiquated Sound System

Someday when we get the house mostly finished — floors, closets, lighting — we might want to spring for a new sound system.

The closet has an electric outlet but the system wouldn't work in there.
The closet has an electric outlet but the system wouldn’t work in there.

Until then we have a big, clunky system that’s been stashed in the conservatory closet ever since the closet was built.

My closets are stuffed with essentials.
My closets are stuffed with essentials.

I had tried a couple of times to hook it up but failed to get any sound.

The speakers are especially heavy and difficult to disguise.
The speakers are especially heavy and difficult to disguise.

I took the whole heavy thing out of the closet and decided to make it play or get rid of it. One try and some advice from Charlie and all the components play: CD, cassette tape, turntable, and radio.

The components rest atop the speakers which foils any stereophonic effects.
The components rest atop the speakers which foils any stereophonic effects.

Charlie had been wanting something near the piano so that he could listen to music so we set it up between the living room and dining room.  It’s not pretty but it certainly is effective.  We can have music in the entire downstairs simply by focusing the direction of the speakers.

From the living room the stereo sits behind a chair and side table.
From the living room the stereo sits behind a chair and side table.

Am I fooling myself that it’s hidden behind the table and chair in the living room?

I still have more items to purge from the closet but the stereo is a start.
I still have more items to purge from the closet but the stereo is a start.

At least I have more closet space now.

What ugly essential are you keeping?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

9 thoughts on “Our Antiquated Sound System”

  1. Ha, we’re doing the same thing at the same time again I see. My stereo is a good bit more antiquated than yours though as the receiver was made for phono, tape (probably 8 track) and auxiliary inputs only. I’m kinda thrilled that my speakers are black and disappear on the bookshelves and that all my other electronics are in cabinets with doors. Can you run speaker wire under the house and tuck the speakers into discreet corners of the room?

    1. Do all men think alike? Charlie was insistent we run speaker wire behind the new drywall before we hung it. We didn’t. Under the floor makes a lot of sense. Thanks, Chad. Jo

  2. We have a really old stereo system in our basement left by the previous owners (at my request). One speaker is about the size of your whole setup, and there are two of them, plus the huge stereo system (with record storage at the bottom).

    I keep it because it works, and my daughter likes to push the buttons, and it’s not hurting anyone, so eh. Once I have had enough of it I’ll take it to an electronics recycling day. Until then, we will use it!

  3. If we had that sound system, Eric would race to the geek store and buy something small and modern. (We don’t have anything special, as we listen online or with iPods.) But keeping yours for as long as it works saves money!

    1. And I still have vinyl records to play. I here they’re coming back. Since we’re in the music biz people often leave us either their sheet music collection or their records. They’re hard to just throw away. Jo

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