View Full Version : Ever seen one of these? Morse Electrophonic Total Music System.......Pic's


325bmw
12-20-2009, 07:19 PM
Well I never have, have you? Sorry for the bad pictures, Craigslist posting...very interesting..........8 track, turntable, tuner, lights play to the music.
Maybe I'm too young, almost 40 here........lol.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee156/crbohn_photo/Morse1.jpg
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee156/crbohn_photo/Morse2.jpg

krowmagnum
12-20-2009, 07:21 PM
Disco machine. Cheesy but cool :thmbsp:

AFP1
12-20-2009, 07:22 PM
I've seen them at the Goodwill, and a local pawn shop has one. Might be cool for a "70's Room, Andrew.

dshoaf
12-20-2009, 11:50 PM
Well I never have, have you? Sorry for the bad pictures, Craigslist posting...very interesting..........8 track, turntable, tuner, lights play to the music.
Maybe I'm too young, almost 40 here........lol.

Yep, you missed the fun of the 70s: Color organs, blinky lights, cheezy electroncs, shag carpet, lava lamps, Mateuse wine, 8-tracks that switched in the middle of a song.....yep, you missed it. Don't look back.....look to the future...you didn't miss anything.

Cheers,

David

hypertone
12-21-2009, 12:09 AM
When I was a kid, I hacked up some Christmas lights, and wired one bulb to each channel of my stereo and they flashed with the sound. It was pretty cool at the time.

colortrakker
12-21-2009, 12:20 AM
Ah, a staple of late '70s game show prize packages: the Morse Electrophonic stereo, "with lights that dance to the beat of the music," as Jay Stewart so often put it.

wd409
12-21-2009, 12:55 AM
When I was a kid, I hacked up some Christmas lights, and wired one bulb to each channel of my stereo and they flashed with the sound. It was pretty cool at the time.

I did that too once except with truck headlights(and no speakers), you know the fascinating thing about it was that the bulbs were making sound. you could kinda make out what you were hearing as music.

"ItsTooLoud"
12-21-2009, 02:22 AM
I would sick that in my living room in a heartbeat.

KentTeffeteller
12-21-2009, 07:16 AM
Very overpriced compact Stereo. Sold for $500 new in 1977. And that's when you could get basic separates for that. Nice light show but otherwise a $129 Morse/Electrophonic compact stereo.

70salesguy
12-21-2009, 07:25 AM
Yep, you missed the fun of the 70s: Color organs, blinky lights, cheezy electroncs, shag carpet, lava lamps, Mateuse wine, 8-tracks that switched in the middle of a song.....yep, you missed it. Don't look back.....look to the future...you didn't miss anything.

Cheers,

David


"get juiced on Mateus and just hang loose"

Lyrics from Social Disease from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road released in 1973 by Elton John

Although my observations in the 70s were that a lot of people were consuming Boone's Farm or T.J. Swan! :rolleyes:

slow_jazz
12-21-2009, 08:30 AM
Groovy!!!!

Rome
12-21-2009, 09:08 AM
Hi 325!
That is a nice piece of retro equipment you have there.

I still have a working one of the Morse/Electrophonic floor stander units similar to that without the lights. Everything works but the TT as I ripped the guts out to keep my now ex-wife from using it.

The little Morse 3.5 speakers still sound very nice. I bought it new in 1980.

Rome

33&athird
12-21-2009, 09:29 AM
Neat little unit...I can't shake the feeling that it's an all-in-one with color organs. Though, for the price original color organs are fetching, I may stick with these groovy little 70's gems. Probably doesn't sound all that bad...not great, i'm sure, but maybe reasonable quality. Would look great in a side room or something:yes:.

krowmagnum
12-21-2009, 09:44 AM
Yep, you missed the fun of the 70s: Color organs, blinky lights, cheezy electroncs, shag carpet, lava lamps, Mateuse wine, 8-tracks that switched in the middle of a song.....yep, you missed it. Don't look back.....look to the future...you didn't miss anything.

Cheers,

David

As bad as the 70's may have seemed the 80's were far worse in almost every respect.

Bottleflow
12-21-2009, 10:11 AM
If you bought it, you have to grow sideburns and wear bell bottoms with a silk shirt. :D

The gold chain is optional!

Arkay
12-21-2009, 10:46 AM
Very cool audio-historical oddity. :thmbsp:

Ah, the color organs! Those were the days. I remember taking "light flashers" --little capacitor-based discs that went inside of light-bulb sockets to make the light bulbs flash-- and wiring up a bunch of them with colored bulbs in sockets on a board. Voila! A "light show"! Later on, I got a controller box that could be used to synch the lights to music, at least somewhat.

Haven't seen a color organ for a long time, but I do have a couple of boomboxes with built-in light shows, including one that even has a rotating mirror ball on the top, with two lights that shine on it!

33&athird
12-21-2009, 10:53 AM
Very cool audio-historical oddity. :thmbsp:

Ah, the color organs! Those were the days. I remember taking "light flashers" --little capacitor-based discs that went inside of light-bulb sockets to make the light bulbs flash-- and wiring up a bunch of them with colored bulbs in sockets on a board. Voila! A "light show"! Later on, I got a controller box that could be used to synch the lights to music, at least somewhat.

Haven't seen a color organ for a long time, but I do have a couple of boomboxes with built-in light shows, including one that even has a rotating mirror ball on the top, with two lights that shine on it!

Very cool! I had never heard of light-flashers. Those old color organs at this point are a rare breed...I have no idea what happened to them, since the catalogs at the time have a ton of them in their pages. A recent auction had a single discolite color organ going for $80 (far outside my price range :sigh:). My grandmother kept the old ones my dad had growing up, and I hope to get them and clean them up. There are kits out there, but they vary widely...I was considering building one...just need a pass filter, a trigger device and a driver. LEDS would make it very easy to make a set:yes:.

These old things really seem to me like an attempt to make mini-jukeboxes for home use.:scratch2:

Ashfan
12-21-2009, 02:19 PM
I've got one of those. Picked it up at the thrift store for $23 and some odd cents. I have another that looks almost like an upright video console, and yes there are dancing lights on the bottom. Just call me Disco Stu.

Ski
12-21-2009, 02:24 PM
Giggity.

325bmw
12-21-2009, 04:26 PM
If you bought it, you have to grow sideburns and wear bell bottoms with a silk shirt. :D

The gold chain is optional!

LOL! Did not buy.....may have for the same price ashfan bought his for...$23. This guy was asking more than a couple hundred dollars........:no: Although I would pay money to see my wife's face when she walked into the living room with this playing and me looking like the above quote!! ha! :banana:

mashaffer
12-21-2009, 08:08 PM
http://www.discovercircuits.com/C/color-org.htm

mike

Ashfan
12-22-2009, 02:17 PM
Very cool audio-historical oddity. :thmbsp:

Ah, the color organs! Those were the days. I remember taking "light flashers" --little capacitor-based discs that went inside of light-bulb sockets to make the light bulbs flash-- and wiring up a bunch of them with colored bulbs in sockets on a board. Voila! A "light show"! Later on, I got a controller box that could be used to synch the lights to music, at least somewhat.

Haven't seen a color organ for a long time, but I do have a couple of boomboxes with built-in light shows, including one that even has a rotating mirror ball on the top, with two lights that shine on it!

I'm obviously a sucker for stuff that flashes (duh, look at the purty lights, George). I bought a pair of those light organs off of CL last summer for $25.00. Then there's the lava lamps, the "lightning" generators...

Analog-Mike
04-09-2014, 01:48 PM
8-tracks... and the transition to cassettes and the walkman... everyone had a reel to reel and vinyl was also the thing. Garrard Turntable, Bose 501's, Quad Stereo... yeah man, digital is great but nothing beats the warm sound of analog.

daveshel
04-09-2014, 02:47 PM
Yep, you missed the fun of the 70s: Color organs, blinky lights, cheezy electroncs, shag carpet, lava lamps, Mateuse wine, 8-tracks that switched in the middle of a song...

Don't forget LSD!

JoeV
04-09-2014, 03:05 PM
They had a juke box on cl in Phoenix a couple weeks ago that was small and did the lights and all too. Thought of a couple basement parties in late 70 early 80s .

Cactus Bob
04-09-2014, 03:21 PM
I finally tracked the Soundesign version that I saw on the Phoenix CL yesterday.

A Disco Inferno :smoke:

Accepting offers :D


http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/ele/4413503212.html

http://images.craigslist.org/01313_ditct7ZYRLG_600x450.jpg

loonze
04-09-2014, 03:27 PM
yeahhhh baby.......now I'M OFF TO MEET AUSTIN POWERS![we're shagging the dolls over at Dr. Evil's lair!]

cademan
04-09-2014, 06:37 PM
Old post from 2009 but it reminds me of my disco days hee hee! I was a teen in the 70's and never really liked or did the disco dancing thing but the music was a part of me and my friends life growing up.

I actually still have a light (color) organ that still works and it is connected to my big system out in my pole barn. It is a 3 channel light organ which connects to a speaker output load. It doesn't have the built in microphone but I would prefer the hard wired version as I really don't enjoy or like to see every sound or voice in lights, just the music.

Mine uses the 3 channel concept where the lights are red for bass, blue for treble, and green for midrange.

I am using 3 separate strings of christmas lights where one string is blue, one string is green, and one string is red. These are hanging from the ceiling and is quite awsome when I have had a few drinks under my belt. lol.

KentTeffeteller
04-09-2014, 09:13 PM
Not a jukebox either, same $149 garbage Morse/Electrophonic compact Stereo with the horrible BSR record shredder. Want disco and a jukebox, get an AMI/Rowe R92 which has real power, good engineering, and won't ruin 45 singles either.

eastbrown
04-09-2014, 11:56 PM
When i was in the army in the 70s my buddie had one of them. He played nothing but the Bee Gee's on that.

avionic
04-10-2014, 01:57 AM
Sold by KMart here in the Midwest. Many, many moons ago. A local TV and Radio shop , which I was employed. Used to deliver and warranty repair these oddities for the local KMART.

just dave
04-10-2014, 02:12 AM
Very cool audio-historical oddity. :thmbsp:

I do have a couple of boomboxes with built-in light shows, including one that even has a rotating mirror ball on the top, with two lights that shine on it!

Pics or your a fibber.:yes:

tmtomh
04-25-2014, 11:36 AM
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/ele/4439641541.html

No flashy lights, but otherwise complete. A bargain at $50!

tmtomh
04-25-2014, 11:38 AM
http://images.craigslist.org/01010_b1EbP4S3RmI_600x450.jpg

Old HiFi Guy
04-25-2014, 02:01 PM
Don't look now but the 70's are here today, just updated a bit. So much for being forward looking.

http://www.jbl.com/estore/jbl/us/product/productDetails.jsp?searchMode=regularProductOnly&skuId=JBLPULSEBLKAM_JBL_US&pid=JBL%20PULSE&creative=40087363615&device=c&network=g&matchtype=&gclid=CO3nj_Gn_L0CFVJffgodZYsAZw

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=887669&gclid=CLm14N-o_L0CFQmDfgodGRMAJA&Q=&is=REG&A=details