I’ve just finished overhauling this absolutely incredible Sharp VZ-2000 linear-tracking record-playing boombox!
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The Sharp VZ-2000 is one of the biggest and baddest boomboxes, from the golden era of boomboxes, the 80’s. This thing is seriously HUGE. I can hardly lift it and it took two hands to get it to this position for the photo-shoot.
For the record, this monster weighs 16kg, WITHOUT the ridiculous 10 D cell batteries you’d need to take your records to the beach. Seriously though, who would put this thing on their shoulder and take a bag of records to the beach anyway?!
The Sharp VZ-2000 features a record player capable of playing both sides of your records without having to flip them. This in itself is a fantastic feature, essentially two linear tracking turntables in a box.
In addition, the VZ-2000 features a great tape deck, capable of recording with Dolby B noise reduction and working with normal, chrome and metal tapes. All controls are soft-touch, operating a motor-driven mechanism. This a pretty decent cassette deck, in a boombox!
Restoration and Repair
This unit originally belonged to the owner’s grandfather before being passed down to him, so it holds great sentimental value. The turntable didn’t work and the tape deck was filthy. The owner wanted it cleaned up and restored to fully working condition, giving it the care and attention it deserved. As you’ll see, that’s exactly what I did.