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Repairing a Record Player Cabinet?

Hi, was wondering if anyone could tell me about when my cabinet was made and if the cloth material is available anywhere. My cat decided it was a scratching post and ruined one side of it. Thanks!

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November 24, 20200 found this helpful

I think it will be nearly impossible to match the fabric, but, if you're handy, you may be able to get at the backside of the fabric panels and replace both with a new fabric. Good luck and stay healthy.

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November 25, 20200 found this helpful

There is not enough information to find out when your cabinet was made. Brand/model number/serial number/etc. Regarding the fabric, you might check w/ some fabric and craft stores for fabric similar to what is on your cabinet. Possibly even thrift stores would have remnants large enough to re-do it....but if you do re-do it, will your cat use it as a scratching post again? ;-)

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

Its a General Electric. The tag on the back says RC 4892 A, serial number e112014.

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November 25, 20200 found this helpful

This has quite the 1979s vibe to it. Can you tell me what the tag says at the bottom corner?

The fabric was usually a plastic coated cotton type. An upholstery shop may be able to find you something close. First you will need to make sure the car stays away from it or else you will continue to have the same issues.

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

Its a General Electric. Ive done upholstery work for 20 years but have never came across this stuff. Didnt know if there was any place online that sold it. I have a different cat now so no worries:)

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

I would think an upholstery shop would have the best material but the craft stores carry heavy fabric like this also.
Just be sure you buy extra material just in case you need to repair it again in the future.

But - you may want to check further since this material is hiding speakers and this type panel was usually made out of 'special' material so as to let the sound go through with more clarity.
You really should have what is called 'radio grill cloth' or something in that line.
www.amazon.com/.../s?k=vintage+speaker+grill+cloth&page... (Affiliate Link)
www.ebay.com/.../bn_7023314219
www.ebay.com/.../254692435962

Most likely this is not going to be a simple job of just 'replacing the cloth panel' so if you have never worked on items like this, I would suggest you think about reading some forums that cover this type of repair. It would also a good idea for you to join some of these vintage record player sites so you can ask questions as you have problems and need answers from members who know how to do all of these repairs and can provide step by step instructions.
You can check out the list below but you'll probably have to join several to find all the answers you're looking for. Be sure to ask about the brand (you will have to supply more pictures: pictures of the doors open, show record player and any other components, the back if possible, The plate on the bottom right side of your cabinet. Supply information on all components and if they are working as members like to know these things.
Someone on these forums will post everything relating to this console/cabinet.
You could start with these sites:
antiqueradios.com/.../viewtopic.php?f=7&t=264520
antiqueradios.com/.../viewtopic.php?f=6&t=269123
audiokarma.org/.../
forums.stevehoffman.tv/.../
www.hificlinic.com/.../
forum.audiogon.com/.../need-help-with-vintage-console-player...

As to age - looks like 70's to me as everyone was 'into' functional cabinets during this period.
Difficult to research but you could post a picture of the plate located on the bottom right (torn cloth panel) and that might help identify the brand.

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

Ive done upholstery work for 20 years so I can handle recovering the panels, just would like to find the correct material or something close:) thanks for the links!

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

That is good to know but is this just a simple job - remove the panel and replace the cloth?
Are you doing this for yourself or is this 'work' related?
Just curious if you plan to have this in your home as I have never seen this type of cabinet before but with the brand information someone may be able to find one.
Maybe you could post more pictures - just for our curiosity?

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

Not sure about what you're planning to do with this cabinet but I think I found another forum:
www.vinylengine.com/.../

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

There isn't a year on this but the link shows your piece new here (scroll about half way down). www.google.com/search?q=general+electric++RC+4892...

It's called the Larchmont model! I love it more seeing it new! It appears to be quite the multi tasking piece!!! I can try to see if I can find a date! If you find it first, post back! This thread is a keeper!!

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

Edit to say I think this link shows....I am not in a place where I have two screens to do a side by side to verify an exact match. It looks like the knobs are different but I need two screens to do a side by side match!

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November 27, 20200 found this helpful

Thats awesome! Thanks for the link! My knobs on the bottoms doors are different because I had one break. Just found something close to the upper knobs to replace with

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November 27, 20200 found this helpful

It is a very cool piece!! I did find somewhere else that suggested it may be from 1962, which is older than I thought. I could not get the link to copy. Please post back when you do the repairs!! I can see it could be quite the conversation piece!

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

I tried to find some of the original fabric these stereos were made from but they are not making this type of fabric any longer. However, there is some good speaker fabric cloth that you can buy to change out both side of this unit. You will need to replace the cloth on both sides in order to have it match again. You can order the cloth from this site. www.akustikstoff.com/index.php?language=en

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November 26, 20200 found this helpful

Sisal or burlap sheets could be a alternative to changing out torn materials. They have these materials at your home improvement stores. Here are some replacement/ repair ideas- www.myrepurposedlife.com/.../ -www.instructables.com/.../

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November 27, 20200 found this helpful

Still have no idea as to your 'intentions' for this GE hutch but a friend emailed me several links that have reference to this model (and/or the next model (maybe same name but different year as companies did this and sometimes added a letter after the model number). This one also appears to be named 'Larchmont".

www.reddit.com/.../
imgur.com/.../stuAzjl

General Electric offered the "Larchmont" around 1962.

My curiosity has been satisfied as this shows a clear picture of the 'workings' of your hutch/cabinet. The model number is not the same but it appears there were several model produced with very little difference. I did notice your cabinet has different lower knobs (white, round) but I'm not sure if yours has replacements,
This listing is kind of a mystery as it was only listed on eBay for less than 4 months which is normally a very short period of time for items/listings like. The asking price was $250 but since it is listed as pick up only (Kansas City, Mo) so it shows how important an area can be when listing something for sale.

www.ebay.com/.../143670453066?nma=true&si=9sVPVlgc9ZiPNfDMUZgEAeXB3kU...

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