Kendwood Turntable and JBL Speakers

While investigating Thayer’s apartment, Warshawski says, ” I stepped inside and quietly shut the door. A small hallway opened directly onto a living room. It was sparsely furnished with some large denim-covered pillows on the bare floor and a stereo system. I went over and looked at it- Kenwood turntable and JBL speakers . Someone here had money. My client’s son, no doubt.” After doing some brief research I found that the Kenwood turntable that Warshawski refers to, might possibly be the Kenwood KD 550 made during the late 1970s and early 80s. It was a high quality turntable with a “2-speed, direct drive turntable featuring a stroboscope with lamp, fine speed adjusting control, anti-skating device, oil damped arm elevation,direct readout stylus pressure, height adjustment and free stop action dust cover.” The JBL speakers Warshawski refers  to were produced by the company James B. Lansing founded in Los Angeles in the 1920s. Possibly, the speakers could have been the model L100, which ” became an enormous success, selling more than 100,000 units over the 1970s.” Either way, young Thayer definitely knew how to “get down,” and groove on…except for the whole bullet-in-the-head part…  :/


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