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Tasteful single-DIN radio for a '77 spider needed

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My nearly 20-year-old Alpine CD player in my spider has been radio-only for the last few years, and I finally want to replace it. The sound was pretty decent, though, and aesthetically it wasn't bad either - anthracite with backlit green buttons that matched the green headlight indicator light on the dash. Sadly, I didn't have the foresight in 1991 to know that retro-looking and rebuilt vintage radios would be available, so the dash is cut for a modern unit. However, that means my choices seem to be limited to garish, blue-lit modern stuff. Can anyone recommend something tasteful and not too pricey (to cut the risk of theft)?

I do have a late 1980s single-DIN Blaupunkt cassette deck (like this Bremen SQR46, I think: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=301047607951) with digital display, formerly installed in the car, if that's somehow reusable.

And for you purists who say "no radio, I only need the sound of the engine" - well, it *is* pretty awesome, but I hope that outside the car, you don't have the same album on repeat for 22 years, even if you do revisit your favorites every so often.

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Chris

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Hi all,

My nearly 20-year-old Alpine CD player in my spider has been radio-only for the last few years, and I finally want to replace it. The sound was pretty decent, though, and aesthetically it wasn't bad either - anthracite with backlit green buttons that matched the green headlight indicator light on the dash. Sadly, I didn't have the foresight in 1991 to know that retro-looking and rebuilt vintage radios would be available, so the dash is cut for a modern unit. However, that means my choices seem to be limited to garish, blue-lit modern stuff. Can anyone recommend something tasteful and not too pricey (to cut the risk of theft)?

I do have a late 1980s single-DIN Blaupunkt cassette deck (like this Bremen SQR46, I think: 86 87s Porsche 911 Blaupunkt Bremen SQR46 Radio incl MP3 iPod iPhone | eBay) with digital display, formerly installed in the car, if that's somehow reusable.

And for you purists who say "no radio, I only need the sound of the engine" - well, it *is* pretty awesome, but I hope that outside the car, you don't have the same album on repeat for 22 years, even if you do revisit your favorites every so often.

Thanks,
Chris
The "pinstripe" Beckers are single-DIN and look fantastic. Maybe a Europa Stereo with the Aux input, or a Mexico?

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You can usually get one off eBay germany for a good bit cheaper than US prices.

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Thanks - that's interesting, I'd just assumed those were two-peg like most other older radios. I'll add those to my search - I found a rear Bosch fog light for my 2002 in France at a very reasonable price, so I wouldn't be surprised to find things like this are cheaper too.

If anyone has a lower-cost suggestion, I'd love to hear it too.

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If the cassette works on that Blau I'd just use it with one of those cassette aux adapters to plug in your phone. Prices on the chromed out vintage Blau and Becker radios have frankly gotten kind of silly anyway. The digital display doesn't quite fit the vintage but otherwise I think that would look fine, and it's a lot more convenient than the analog tuner in my (admittedly great looking) Frankfurt.

You're right that the DIN opening is great for modern stereos but lousy for vintage. If you did want to go with a new CD player Nakamichi still makes some that don't look like a video game. A bit pricey but probably cheaper than a vintage Becker, and depending on your speakers you might even be able to hear it with the top down.

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The cassette deck was failing, I believe, so I'm seeing if my local stereo guy, who did a good job with my tii, can fix it. There's also a place down in North Hollywood that fixes German car radios.

Failing all that, the new Blaupunkt does have a semi-retro, two-knob look. I've seen other recommendations for the Clarion CZ702 because the display has 700-something colors, so you can adjust it to something non-techno. I'm having a hard time understanding what's up with Nakamichi - last I'd heard they went bankrupt, but now they're selling stereos that look suspiciously similar to Alpines, etc.

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It has the ALFA tag and all. Is this worth anything? A note the first song I played through the cassette was GODZILLA! by B.O.C. Sounded awesume!
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Sounds kind of cool, but is that a two-post design like many older radios were? Got any pics?

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im putting a blaupunkt 320 in my sprint veloce.. the car came with the blau system and i think the head unit is very clean looking. unlike many of the other stereo companies.

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