In Brief:

On this site you will find pictures and information about some of the electronic, electrical, electrotechnical and mecanichal technology relics that the Frank Sharp Private museum has accumulated over the years .
There are lots of vintage electrical and electronic items that have not survived well or even completely disappeared and forgotten.

Or are not being collected nowadays in proportion to their significance or prevalence in their heyday, this is bad and the main part of the death land. The heavy, ugly sarcophagus; models with few endearing qualities, devices that have some over-riding disadvantage to ownership such as heavy weight,toxicity or inflated value when dismantled, tend to be under-represented by all but the most comprehensive collections and museums. They get relegated to the bottom of the wants list, derided as 'more trouble than they are worth', or just forgotten entirely. As a result, I started to notice gaps in the current representation of the history of electronic and electrical technology to the interested member of the public.

Following this idea around a bit, convinced me that a collection of the peculiar alone could not hope to survive on its own merits, but a museum that gave equal display space to the popular and the unpopular, would bring things to the attention of the average person that he has previously passed by or been shielded from. It's a matter of culture. From this, the Tele Video Rama Web Museum concept developed and all my other things too. It's an open platform for all electrical Electronic TV technology to have its few, but NOT last, moments of fame in a working, hand-on environment. We'll never own Colossus or Faraday's first transformer, but I can show things that you can't see at the Science Museum, and let you play with things that the Smithsonian can't allow people to touch, because my remit is different.

There was a society once that was the polar opposite of our disposable, junk society. A whole nation was built on the idea of placing quality before quantity in all things. The goal was not “more and newer,” but “better and higher" .This attitude was reflected not only in the manufacturing of material goods, but also in the realms of art and architecture, as well as in the social fabric of everyday life. The goal was for each new cohort of children to stand on a higher level than the preceding cohort: they were to be healthier, stronger, more intelligent, and more vibrant in every way.

The society that prioritized human, social and material quality is a Winner. Truly, it is the high point of all Western civilization. Consequently, its defeat meant the defeat of civilization itself.
Today, the West is headed for the abyss. For the ultimate fate of our disposable society is for that society itself to be disposed of. And this will happen sooner, rather than later.
OLD, but ORIGINAL, Well made, Funny, Not remotely controlled............. and not Made in CHINA.

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Don't forget the past, the end of the world is upon us! Pretty soon it will all turn to dust!

Have big FUN ! !

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011



For more than half a century, the name Marantz has identified the best in home entertainment. And today, even in the midst of burgeoning and often confusing technology, these components still emulate the vision that originally drove Saul Marantz to expand the sensory horizons of even the most demanding aficionados.

More than any other person, Saul Marantz defined premium home entertainment. Driven by his passion for music and his accomplishments as a classical guitarist – accomplishments that led to a close friendship with Andres Segovia – he was never satisfied with the “hi fi” equipment of his day. So he built better; first in his basement, later in a factory. His talent for industrial design and his ability to infuse talented engineers like Sidney Smith and others with his vision resulted in legendary products. The Model 7 preamplifier. The Model 8 and, soon after, the 8B power amplifier. And insured that his company would remain a premiere name in the industry he helped establish.

The Model 9 “monoblock” power amplifier found a home in many audiophile systems. And NASA decided that a modified version called the 9120 was stable enough to merit use in tracking stations around the world as part of the Apollo space program. The Model 10B FM tuner, cited by many as the most accurate and best sounding tuner of all time, soon followed. The decade also saw two other significant Marantz moves; a physical one from New York to California, and an electronic one from tubes to transistors.

For almost a decade, the justifiably famous “2200” receivers introduced uncounted thousands of sound-conscious people to the vivid,enveloping, and musically accurate Marantz sound. And separate components weren’t forgotten either as Marantz, benefiting from new financial backing and new production facilities in Japan, produced a growing roster of preamplifiers, power amplifiers, integrated amps, tuners, turntables, and speakers. This was a decade of intense growth and expansion, fueled by imaginative product development and demanding quality standards.

Marantz quality goes unquestioned. In 1974, customer Francisco Espina writes Marantz detailing the survival of his Marantz 2270 during a fire in the building he lives in. Out of curiosity he plugs his now crispy 2270 in and amazingly it sounds perfect.


In 1982, consumer digital audio became a reality in North America. And Marantz’s CD-63, the first publicly announced CD player, led the way. This groundbreaking development was soon followed by the appearance of the CD-12, the world’s first two-piece CD player. Announcement of the CD-63, led the way. was there at the very beginning. Marantz also becomes involved with video for the first time with the CDV-780 Laserdisc player.

Marantz entered the ‘90s with the energy and dedication that came from restored corporate unity. We moved into audio/video with the introduction of the SM-80, our first THX-certified amplifier in 1992 and the critically-acclaimed SR96 THX-certified receiver four years later. The ‘90s also saw the VP8770, the first Marantz LCD video front projector, and the PD4280, the first of our much-praised plasma monitor series. Sadly, we – and the industry – lost Saul Marantz.

The Super Audio CD came to life as the SA-1 SA-CD player and other new Reference Series components provided a concrete example of Marantz’s continuing dedication to sonic superiority. On the A/V front, an upgraded series of finely-crafted surround sound receivers and DVD players exhibited engineering inspiration gained from decades of effort and tradition. And, thanks to determined efforts to extract the most from contemporary technologies like DLP projection and plasma monitors, Marantz’s video reputation grew almost as quickly as did its legendary audio prestige a half century earlier.

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