Published on August 9th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


Frank Zappa’s estate unveils retro stereo furniture

One day back in the 1970s, a pickup backed into our driveway. In the back was a massive Viking console stereo. It looked something like this, only bigger. A lot bigger.

Viking was in Eatons’ in-house electronics brand. Dad bought it second-hand for $100, a huge sum back in those days. It was also the era when audio and video equipment was often disguised as massive pieces of furniture.

Inside was an AM/FM radio and a Gerrard automatic record changer, the kind that allowed you to stack at least six albums on a tall spindle. Once a side finished playing, the tonearm swung back, the next record dropped into place and began to play. You could have maybe two hours’ worth of music lined up.

Speakers? Full-range rattlers behind the barely transparent mesh grills.

These days, such monstrosities are no longer tolerated by anyone–except, maybe, the estate of Frank Zappa.

Frank’s estate has announced a new deal with LUNO, a luxury design company for this “luxury hi-fi console series,” resulting in “The SSK Soundwave, FZ Limited Edition.”

See the brass inlay? That’s the soundwave from Frank’s 1988 composition, “Sofa No. 1.”

Inside you’ll find a Pro-Ject Esprit CS turntable (a good one!), a 2.1 speaker system, a 100-watt sub, two aux inputs and Apple Airplay.  If that’s not enough, a big selection of Zappa albums are included along with some Zappa-themed whiskey glasses and a few other things.

How much? No idea. But only ten are being made, so it’s not going to be cheap.

Read more here.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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