Until I was 8 years old, and already a Beatles fan, the pictured console radio/78 record player was our family's only music-playing option. Opening the front provided easy access to the back of the large speaker, which was important for direct-connection to our reel-to-reel tape recorder (which my parents used exclusively for recording at family events) and later to a cassette deck. My parents had a modest collection of 78's. mostly country music and rarely played, which were very easy for my brother and I to break over each others heads. Though we did finally get record players (mono only, until 1969) that would play LP's and 45's, this radio remained essential for home taping off the radio until we finally got a stereo system with stereo output jacks. Considerable nostalgic value aside, I do prefer my current set-up.