My set of Lafayette catalogs and flyers (complete 1957-end, with a few
from the late 30s to early 50s) are in my warehouse so I am glad Richard
found these ads. Especially glad since it is great to find a suburban
NYC paper on-line. I've needed access to ads like this for my research!
Like Richard I was a regular at Lafayette, but at the Route 17 Paramus
NJ store. I'd fill out a blank for parts I needed and turn it in to the
counter and they NEVER had all of what I needed and I had to do a mail
order anyway! My first ten reels of tape are Lafayette brand, bought in
the Paramus store in Jan 1960 and STILL in fine playable condition.
1-1/2 mil acetate 1200 feet in a blue box. I have one Lafayette orange
box 1 mil mylar 1800 feet and it also is in great playable condition.
Lots of Jack Paar shows including his final Tonight Show.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Need helping identifying a reel to reel deck
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, July 03, 2013 2:21 pm
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I remember going with my father to Lafayette Radio -- and later my mom
took me -- when they were still in Jamaica, NY. They had a multi-story
old factory-type building there--I remember an old wood water tower on
it, but I could be mis-remembering. Later they moved to Syosset and
expanded into a multi-store chain and then collapsed.
For the Washington's Birthday Sale in 1968, they were selling the
machine for $99.88 "Save Over $30".
Later, on May 1, 1968 they were advertising their Gala 47th Anniversary
with this machine at $99.95 "Save $30".
It was a three-speed machine 1.88, 3.75, 7.5.
The Sams Photofact is now available. I'm glad to see Sams has gotten
with the program and is selling these as downloads...they would have
many fewer pirated versions out there if they had done this on day one!
COMMENTARY: I do not know who made this stuff for Lafayette, but the
quality of most of their store-brand products was on the low end
The original "falling apart" is not a surprise. I doubt (m)any survive
that will also not "fall apart" today.
Sorry for the red herring of it being European--it felt that way, but
yes, the 1/4-inch jacks mounted that way did feel wrong.
So, what do the buttons do below? I think that triggered my thoughts as
I don't think the Lafayette is an electrically remotable deck.
If you are rebuilding the display, can you leave the broken machine
visually (and maybe even get the reels to turn and do the actual audio
in a solid state recorder behind the scenes?
On 2013-07-03 1:30 PM, Peter Oleksik wrote:
> Hi Richard,
> Good sleuthing! It is from the Juan Downey piece. The original deck
> fell apart and I am trying to track down a replacement or something
> comparable. Thanks to Shai's Lafayette tip, I've been able to confirm
> it's a Lafayette RK815. Also, thanks to everyone who chimed in!
> If anyone knows how I may be able to track down another RK815, please
> let me know. It can be in any condition.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.