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I am recalling that all the Lafayette electronic equipment was manufactured
in Japan, to Lafayette's specs (such as they were).  I can't prove that,
but that's what I recall.

Best,
John Haley

On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Hi, Peter,
>
> 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".
>
> http://fultonhistory.com/**newspaper%2010/Yonkers%20NY%**
> 20Herald%20Statesman/Yonkers%**20NY%20Herald%20Statesman%**
> 201968%20%20Grayscale/Yonkers%**20NY%20Herald%20Statesman%**
> 201968%20%20Grayscale%20-%**201619.pdf<http://fultonhistory.com/newspaper%2010/Yonkers%20NY%20Herald%20Statesman/Yonkers%20NY%20Herald%20Statesman%201968%20%20Grayscale/Yonkers%20NY%20Herald%20Statesman%201968%20%20Grayscale%20-%201619.pdf>
>
> Later, on May 1, 1968 they were advertising their Gala 47th Anniversary
> with this machine at $99.95 "Save $30".
>
> http://fultonhistory.com/**newspaper%2010/Yonkers%20NY%**
> 20Herald%20Statesman/Yonkers%**20NY%20Herald%20Statesman%**
> 201968%20%20Grayscale/Yonkers%**20NY%20Herald%20Statesman%**
> 201968%20%20Grayscale%20-%**201619.pdf<http://fultonhistory.com/newspaper%2010/Yonkers%20NY%20Herald%20Statesman/Yonkers%20NY%20Herald%20Statesman%201968%20%20Grayscale/Yonkers%20NY%20Herald%20Statesman%201968%20%20Grayscale%20-%201619.pdf>
>
> 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 had many
> fewer pirated versions out there if they had done this on day one!
> https://www.samswebsite.com/**en/photofact/details/index/id/**92447<https://www.samswebsite.com/en/photofact/details/index/id/92447>
>
> 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 IMnsHO.
>
> 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?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Richard
>
>
> 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 that
>> 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.
>>
>> Thanks!
>> Peter
>>
>>
>>  --
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