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Marantz Amplifiers and Preamplifiers (1950s)

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Aug 31st, 2013. Artwork published in 1952.
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Audio Consolette Model 1 (1952 edition) sales sheet

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In 1952, Saul Marantz launched his high-end audio company with the Audio Consolette preamplifier. The product used the typeface Metropolis on its faceplate and Davison Spencerian (in later editions), setting a typographic standard that the Marantz brand followed for at least 30 years. In fact, these typefaces (unsusual styles for audio components) are part of the reason Marantz products are visually distinct from their competitors. See these 1970s receivers, for example.

Incidentally, Marantz recently entered the iPod/iPhone dock market with a revival of the Consolette brand, but replaced the formal Spencerian with a contemporary brush script logo.

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Audio Consolette Model 1 (1952 edition) sales sheet

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Audio Consolette Model 1 (1952 edition) on eBay

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Audio Consolette Model 1 (1954 edition)

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Audio Consolette Model 1 (1954 edition)

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Audio Consolette Model 2 brochure (amplifier shown)

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Audio Consolette Model 2 brochure

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Model 3 Electronic Crossover

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