Built in 1977 by Setton (a partner or subsidiary of Pioneer), this uncommon tuner is said to have been designed by Pierre Cardin, [update: enthusiast Chris Opfell claims it was actually designed by Allain Caire, an acolyte of Cardin] who has dabbled in things other than clothing.
This thing is a tank – well, more like a ’50s Cadillac. I have fond childhood memories of playing with the controls. The aluminum dials and buttons have a heavy, well-built feel that is rare these days. Changing the volume is so smooth it reminds one of power steering. And you gotta love those hefty handles, necessary for lugging this hunk of metal and walnut veneer.
The type is a pre-digital version of Eurostile Extended.