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Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
1960s Mod Stereo Headphones MURA HV-300 Separation Control Vintage, Japan
By MURA
Located in National City, CA
Japan headphones MURA HV-300 stereo separation control Mid-Century Modern vintage 1960s cool and mod laugh-in style Dimensions: 8" H x 3 3/4" W 4 1/2" D. Original vintage unrestore...
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1960s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Aluminum

Stereophonic RR-126 Radio by F.lli Castiglioni for Brionvega, 1960s
Located in Lasne, BE
Radio disc player composed of two baffles that can be positioned in two ways (see photo) the radio works. Wear due to time and age of the radio. Stamped Brionvega.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Record Player LP Vinyl Album Metal Holder Rack Stand Table
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern black record player and LP vinyl album metal holder rack stand table, circa mid-20th century, USA. Piece can support player and albums with more storage space at...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Metal

Pair of Solid Brass French Horn Bookends
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of French Horn Bookends in solid polished brass. The pair are an excellent representation of a French horn - a wonderful look and compliment to any bookshelf or desk, especially...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Brass

Set of Two Loudspeakers Grundig Audiorama 4000, 60-70 Mid-Century Space Age Vtg
Located in L'Isle sur la Sorgue, FR
Set of two loudspeakers Grundig Audiorama 4000. For an interior design and space age, 70's. 1960, 1970, pop Perfect condition. In the style of Willy Rizzo, Knoll, Ico Parisi, Romeo ...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Metal, Chrome

Frederick Weinberg Black Wire Frame and Stitched Parchment "Guitar" Wall Light
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Frederick Weinberg Guitar Illuminating Wall Lamp Sculpture - Wall Hanging, 1950's. Featuring an abstract Black Wire Banjo framework and handle, warm hand stitched Parchment surface a...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Brass, Iron

Charles and Ray Eames Molded Plywood Radio
Located in New York, NY
Radio of molded and cut walnut plywood, bakelite, glass and perforated masonite. Designed by Charles and Ray Eames and produced by Evans Products for Teletone, circa 1946. As Richard...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Glass, Bakelite, Masonite, Plywood

1950s American Studio Craft Iron Triangle Dinner Bell
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Hand-forged dinner triangle, delicate swan head, in the manner of Early Russel Wright designed Iron Works, very reminiscent of the deer andirons.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Iron

Stunning Stylized Mid-Century Modern Electro Voice Stereo Speakers in Walnut
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning stylized Mid-Century Modern electro voice 3-way loud speakers in oiled walnut with aluminium trim, amazing original condition, cabinets possibly designed by Kipp Stewart.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Metal, Aluminum

Extremely Rare 1954 Alamo Electrical Musical Amplifier, Model 6A
Located in Buffalo, NY
Extremely rare 1954 Alamo Electrical musical amplifier, model 6A, mint original showroom condition, retains original canvas cover, complete with operating instructions and warranty b...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Metal

Rare Pair of Pearl & Oakley Acoustics Ceramic Chinese Urn Stereo Speakers
By Altec Lansing Corporation
Located in St. Louis, MO
Very Unique 1980s Asian Modern Pearl & Oakley Acoustics custom home audio speakers in the form of Chinese lidded urns or ceramic vases with crackle glaze. Would look great in any int...
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Ceramic, Wood

Danish Midcentury Pianette by Louis Zwicki in Mahogany, 1950s
Located in Elshout, NL
Danish design A rare Danish midcentury pianette made of magnificent mahogany. It is called pianette due to the 82 keys rather than the standard 88 of a full size piano. This pianett...
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1950s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Mahogany

Pair of Vintage Electrohome Speakers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A pair of vintage midcentury speakers for connection to record players or other devices. With a base of brass and walnut, these speakers add authenticity to any vintage record player...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Brass

Louis Zwicki Danish Mid-Century Mahogany Pianette, c. 1960's
Located in Norwalk, CT
Rarely seen stateside, this pianette by Louis Zwicki combines the finest of Danish Modern design with the precision of a master instrument maker. Featuring a streamlined silhouette w...
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1960s Danish Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Mahogany

Rare Alexander Girard Detrola Radio, circa 1946, Modernist
Located in Buffalo, NY
Nice original working condition,, replaced back.. Signed with stamped manufacturer’s mark to underside: [12132]. USA Medium Design/Decorative Art Manufacturer Detrola Radio Alexande...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Brass

1950's, Karl Griesbaum Singing Bird Music Cage
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
THis 1950's German made Brass Musical bird cage automaton features a colourful feathered bird perched on a brass stand with foliage atop a brown velvet base. The underside houses the...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Brass

Unique Italian Recordplayer
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Record player, aluminum, wood, Italy, 1970s This unique, record player in black is of Italian origin and was produced around the '70s. The solid construction is based on a squared ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Aluminum

Stereophonic RR-126 Radio by F.lli Castiglioni for Brionvega, 1960s
Located in Lasne, BE
Radio disc player composed of two baffles that can be positioned in two ways (see photo) the radio works. Wear due to time and age of the radio (see photo) Stamped Brionvega.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Metal

1960s Three-Piece Walnut Stereo Cabinet by Barzilay
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A three-piece tambour door walnut stereo cabinet designed and manufactured in the USA by Barzilay.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Walnut

Clairtone Project G2 Series T11 Console Stereo System & Garrard Turntable
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
On offer is a rare completely original Clairtone G2 Series Home Stereo System from 1966 featuring two distinct exotic wooden boxes one that houses the tuner and the turntable both pr...
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1960s Canadian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Aluminum

Midcentury Record Player Console by Phillips
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
Circa 1960 by Philips. We offer this incredible de luxe turntable console that works with bulbs and made in fantastic root wood. The turntable work at perfection but the radio doesn'...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Wood

1967 Fender Coronado II Guitar
Located in Highland, IN
The Coronado was Fender's first attempt to compete with Gibson & Gretsch in the hollowbody market which was exploding in popularity with the rise of The Beatles in America. Designed ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Maple, Rosewood

Pair Modernist Walnut Audio Speakers by Bozak, Frank Lloyd Wright Design
Located in Buffalo, NY
Pair large modernist walnut audio speakers by Bozak, stunning design, reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright Design, amazing original condition, tested and working perfectly, sound amazin...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Grasscloth, Walnut

1978 Gibson Estate Fresh ES 335 TD Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar
By Gibson Guitars
Located in Ferndale, MI
Out of long term storage. Very original Gibson ES 335 guitar. Guitar is in excellent condition. Case does show wear and has replaced handle.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Mahogany

Elipson AS 30 Speakers 1969
Located in Santa Gertrudis, Baleares
Original 1969 Elipson AS30 speaker in staff with its round, sensual and warm shape, was an Elipson bestseller. It was relatively compact for its time (30 cm in diameter, with a 16 cm...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Plaster

JBL Ranger Metregon C45 Stereo Speaker
Located in Fulton, CA
Exceptional and rare JBL C45 loudspeaker. JBL Ranger Metregon C45: The JBL Metregon (1960) is the first speaker system to offer full-field stereo reproduction in an enclosure ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Walnut

Iconic American Mid-Century Figural Guitar Wall Lamp by Frederick Weinberg
Located in Port Hope, ON
This Iconic American Mid-Century Modern figural guitar wall lamp by Frederick Weinberg is one of a series of 5-stringed instrument lamps that he created for his interior accents comp...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Wire

Yamaha Casette Deck Mario Bellini
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Yamaha casette deck designed by Mario Bellini in 1974. Working with 100V or DC12V. Historical audio equipment which is one of MOMA permanent collection. Inclined body has control ...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Plastic

Italian Modern White Plastic Column Radio, 1990s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern white plastic column radio, 1990s. Column radio covered with a white plastic structure. The radio is functional. Good conditions. Measurements in cm 24 x 26 x 61 H....
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Metal, Metallic Thread

Horn Speaker
By Altec Lansing Corporation
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A multicellular galvanized outdoor horn speaker.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Steel

Sandro "INRI" Contemporary Minimalist Sculpture Double Bass Case, 2017
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
INRI, 2017 Wood, metal Measures: 80 7/10 × 32 7/10 × 21 3/10 in 205 × 83 × 54 cm Intervened bouble bass case from the 40' made in Berlin in 2017.
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2010s German Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Wood

Mid-Century Record Player Brionvega by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Record player Brionvega by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Wood

JBL Speaker Model C-38 in the Style of George Nelson
By JBL 1
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A JBL speaker with a medium toned walnut cabinet model # C-38 with cast aluminum legs in the style of George Nelson. Inside the enclosure contains one single model # D-130 loudspeake...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Walnut

Woodstock Era Magnepan MG-II B Vintage Midcentury Speakers by Jim Winey 1969
By Jim Winey, Magnepan Inc.
Located in National City, CA
SPEAKERS Fab set of two vintage Woodstock Era High End Speakers; Magneplanar MG-II B midcentury speakers, 1976 Loudspeaker technology was conceived by engineer Jim Winey in 1969, Ma...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Electro-Voice Stereo Cabinet Speakers
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
These speakers are the complement of the console that contains the amplifier "The Fisher" that is in one of our posts and working perfectly. Model Wolverine LT-12, 12" three way lo...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Cabinet Speaker
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Philips brand, it has no audio speakers inside, it's just the cabinet already professionally restored on the outside, the previous fabric we couldn't remove and put a new fabric on t...
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Mahogany

Vintage Buisine Heraldic Trumpet Brass Copper and Bronze Lovely Decorative Item
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this Buisine heraldic trumpet Made from what looks like a mixture of brass bronze and copper, this is a Heraldic trumpet, used to announce digni...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Brass, Copper

Univox Hollow Body Electric Guitar
Located in Ferndale, MI
Univox hollow body electric guitar in fine condition with case. Appears to be zebra wood body with maple neck. Complete and plays well. 1 5/8 nut on the neck.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Chrome

Mid-Century Era Eko Vox Teardrop Mark 6 Hollow Body 6 String Electric Guitar
By VOX
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This Mid-Century era semi-hollow body teardrop guitar was made by EKO of Italy for VOX in approximately 1967 and done in the period style. The model is not indicated anywhere on the ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Metal

Vintage Music Drum, 1970’s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Vintage music drum, made in the 70’s in Czechoslovakia. It was originally originally part of a drum kit. In good Vintage condition. Measures: Height: 46 cm Width: 53 cm Dept...
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Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Iron

Vintage EV Ribbon Turner Microphone by Turner in Original Packaging and Wire
Located in Van Nuys, CA
The Ribbon Microphone also called the velocity, or pressure gradient microphone is the second-most prevalent microphone type in the Steele Collection. The collection contains 58 Ribb...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Chrome

1960s Music Radio TV Record Player Cabinet, Mahogany, Osvaldo Borsani attributed
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Midcentury music radio TV record player cabinet (or Dry Bar cabinet) in mahogany Osvaldo Borsani attributed Rare and important polyvalent entertainment music cabinet, beautiful also ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Copper

Classic Retro Chrome Mike by Bouyer Set on a Marble Table Stand
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Classic Retro Chrome Mike by Bouyer set on a marble table stand A Classic of its time, this Bouyer 709 Goose Neck Microphone would be great in a 60s Retro design setting, it is in...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Chrome

Set of Mid-Century Modern XXL Sound Speaker by Toshiba, 1970s
Located in Vienna, AT
A set of Mid-Century Modern XXL sound speakers by Toshiba, 1970s. This set of two sound speakers by Toshiba will impress your surroundings due to several factors. On the one hand,...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Fabric, Teak

Altec 831A Capistrano Speaker System Mid-Century Modern Walnut Console Case
By Altec Lansing Corporation
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Altec 831A Capistrano speaker system Mid-Century Modern walnut console case. Item features solid wood frame, beautiful wood grain, original labels, quality American craftsmanship, sl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Walnut

Carl Auböck Bell, Austria, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck bell, Austria 1960s. The bell without the handle measures 5cm in height.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Brass

Carl Auböck Horn Salad Servers, Austria, 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck Salad Servers made of Horn, Austria, 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Horn

Carl Auböck Bell, Austria 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck bell, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Brass

Carl Auböck Bell, Austria 1960s
Located in Berlin, DE
Carl Auböck bell, Austria 1960s.
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Brass

Acoustic or Electric Jazz Guitar, Silvertone, 1950s
Located in Buffalo, NY
Great player... sounds amazing,, classic 1950s acoustic/ electric jazz guitar made by Silvertone,, Retains original Kent floating pick-up.Wonderful tone,,straight neck,,perfect inton...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Chrome

Pair of Vintage Planex Sound Panels Model PL-5-R Swirls Fisher Argentina, 1970s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Stunning pair of Vintage Planex Sound Panels speakers. Design by Fisher Argentina. Model PL-5-R and marked with original manufacturers label. Walnut frames with hand-painted swirl...
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1970s Argentine Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Fabric, Walnut

Vintage Clavier Piano Action Model
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage clavier piano display model circa 1962, Evanston, IL, USA. Clavier, a bi-monthly music instructional magazine originating in 1962, likely designed this action model as a sale...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Wood

Vintage Music Drum, 1970’s, Czechoslovakia
Located in Prague 8, CZ
Vintage music drum, made in the 70’s in Czechoslovakia. It was originally originally part of a drum kit. In good Vintage condition. Measures: Height: 10 cm Width: 37 cm Dept...
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Late 20th Century Czech Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Iron

Iconic American Mid-Century Square Guitar Wall Lamp by Frederick Weinberg
Located in Port Hope, ON
This iconic American Mid-Century Modern figural square guitar wall lamp by Frederick Weinberg is one of a series of 5-stringed instrument lamps that he created for his interior accen...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Wire

Vintage Tube AM Radio in Blue Green and Brown by Coronado Serviced
Located in Framingham, MA
Lovely Coronado AM tube radio Model 05RA37-43-8360A. This radio - a larger tabletop model at 14" wide x 8" deep x 9" tall, has obvious style, is clean and works well. It was serviced...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Metal

Midcentury Record Player Console
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this midcentury record player console in amazing vintage condition, the sound system works, circa 1950. Excellent vintage conditions. We can send a video with the disc working.
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1950s Mexican Vintage Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

Materials

Plywood

Brionvega RR126 Radiophonograph
Located in Milano, IT
Iconic radiophonograph designed by the brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, with body and cases in wood and support in cast aluminum. Overhauled and working. Protect turnta...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Musical Instruments

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Aluminum

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