BiGymGuy saidDang shame...Fisher and Marantz both did high end consoles, and of course, Grundig, but their Euro finish wood did take some getting used to. It was becoming the age of components and it did give them a bridge between the two.
OMG, some of our family friends had Grundig Majestics, incredible radios, almost magical to view their dials, with their unique linear frequency controls, with little icons to represent different musical instruments. And compared to other radios of the period, I found their sound wonderful.
My parents were slow to accept stereo, though some relatives had those huge 7-foot consoles back in the late '50s, and I always wished we could, too. My parents finally bought me a stereo record player around 1963, and I promptly wore out an LP of the original "Funny Girl" Broadway cast with Barbra Streisand, and one of pianist Robert Browning playing the Samuel Barber piano concerto.
A year earlier, in 1962, my father suddenly took me shopping for my own bedroom TV, which overwhelmed me, a luxury few of my friends had then. Just black & white, and only a 16" screen, I was nevertheless almost unable to believe I was given such a gift.
Around 1960 I had gotten my first transistor "pocket" radio, a Zenith, and it seemed so hi-tech back then to have this "tiny" radio that you could actually fit into a (rather large) pocket. In 1965 I bought my own Zenith radio, a Trans Oceanic 3000 for its shortwave capabilities, for something around $200, a good amount in those days. It let me listen to broadcasts all over the world, and I began to teach myself foreign languages thanks to it.
And today my partner & I have an iPhone and another cell phone, and a couple of new Macs on broadband, all connected to our home wireless network, along with a wireless printer/fax/scanner/copier. And satellite HDTV, and Bluetooth cell in our car, and I could go on.
You think I haven't seen the whole world change? Hell, I used to have to wait a minute when I turned on a TV, or a radio, for the tubes inside to warm up before I could see or hear anything. And both my parents were born when commercial radio didn't even exist, and all 4 of my grandparents were born in the 1800s, when nothing but telegraph & rudimentary phones existed.
And I saw those grandparents, and my late parents, adjust to the incredible changes that happened during their lives, and I try to keep pace with the things happening to me.
So that one of my personal mottos is: I refuse to concede technology to children. LOL!