A Gem of a Dansette


Not your normal Dansette.  A Dansette Gem.

Most people would think of the Dansette Record Player which sold over a million and made Dansette a household in Britain in the 1950s and 60s.  Dansette products were designed by Samuel Margolin and manufactured by J & A Margolin Ltd, originally based in old Street in London.


They were the ‘must have’ record player for the new teenager generation.  It came in it’s own carry case and could be hauled around to wherever the party was at.

By 1969 they were no longer produced and the company went into liquidation as cheap Hi Fi imports began to flood in from the Far East.  Although an iconic look, the Dansette record player is sadly not a high quality sound.

The Dansette Gem transistor radio was made in 1963.  We won’t know how good the sound is until it’s restored but the colour and shape are impressive.

Vintage Black Box Hi Fi Record Player


According to Gramophone magazine in 1955, “Never before had so compact a unit provided this high fidelity reproduction with such a room filling quality of sound.

We’re pleased to report that this wonderful vintage record player has found a good home and is making beautiful music once more.  It was last heard playing Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain”, and bringing a tear to its new owner’s eye.  We love it when our customers like our vintage sounds as much as we do.  It must be a bit like letting go of a puppy.

Part of the charm of this record player was its simple wooden box.  lt looked great with the lid down, plugged into an mp3 and letting out a gentle glow.  Although it was called The Black Box, we think this refers to the name of the valve amp inside it and not the cabinet.