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Please help! Trying to identify a record player.

  1. Daniel Gur
    I recently got a 2nd hand record player for free, and I want to play vinyls on it.
    I am struggling on finding any information about the record player online, I am very new to this.
    I want to identify it to know how much did it cost (+- to know how good it is), I am also thinking of replacing the needle but I really dont know which I need to buy.

    The Information I have is:
    the turn table is made out of wood and was colored red.
    it has a radio a cassette player and a record player.
    Model: F-601A-4

    I cant find anything online, not even the company.
    I dont want to ruin my records so if necessary I will buy a cheap AT-LP60, seems to do the job.
    I am willing to provide more information if I can find it, also provide pictures of the record player.
  2. megabigeye
    So, ready for a little bit of a mental stretch?

    I was unable to find anything other than one picture of something called "F-601A-4," but the website was in a language that I don't understand. The picture looked pretty much exactly as you described, though. (This is the image. Is it a match?)
    I did however find plenty about a turntable called "G-601A," which seems pretty close. I figure it's possible that they both could be from the same manufacturer, given the similar naming convention.
    The G-601A was made by a company called Unitra Fonica, which was (is?) a Polish HiFi company that manufactured goods for the Eastern Bloc. I'm unclear on whether or not Unitra is still around.
    Sanyo Electronics, which is in Osaka, Japan, did manufacturing for Unitra.
    My guess is that your Osaka Japan Domestic Electronic Solutions F-601A-4 is a Japanese market all-in-one HiFi manufactured by Sanyo, but based on an Unitra design... Or, maybe more likely, sold under the Unitra name as well as others.
    From the looks of it, Osaka has a huge electronics market, like electronics malls, etc., and I wouldn't be surprised if it was something that was sold there. "Osaka Japan Domestic Electronics Solutions" would make sense as a name for something built and sold in Osaka, Japan.

    Looking a little but further, the website I found in the language I didn't understand, was apparently in Slovak, which makes my theory seem more credible. There's also something about "radio Yangjiang," but my guess is that this is just another name it's sold under in other markets.

    My second guess is that it's a pretty cheap all-in-one and it's unlikely that parts like stylus and cartridge are replaceable. Of course, this is just a guess and I could be wrong. You could test the whole thing out by buying some cheap thrift shop records, cleaning them up, and seeing if it sounds at all good. If it's decent, then you might take it to a local HiFi place and see if they can help you out further. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they say they can't.

    Anyway, best of luck figuring it out!
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2018

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