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North of Toronto, Ontario, Canada there is a sleepy little town by the name of Cheltenham and as bucolic as the setting of these northern farmlands are, the Cheltenham G came from the most bizarre setting.
We first saw the Cheltenham G (T10 model) in a place where one does not come across many Clairtones on eBay. We contacted the seller and made an offer on the sale and he accepted. Since we were going to be in Toronto in a couple of weeks we also made arrangements to pick up the stereo. By the photos of the eBay listing it was difficult to tell what condition this G was in and since there were no interior photos posted we neither could we tell what the model was.
A couple of weeks later and we drive through Cheltenham, then past Cheltenham and continue following our Map Quest guide to an open chain link gate that marked the entrance to a dirt road. What at first looked to be a gated community turned out to be - what could only best be described as a biker commune. Dozens of dogs ran wild and almost all the tiny, tightly clustered houses had motorcycle and various motorcycle parts outside. The house that had the Cheltenham G in its basement actually had a pirate’s flag flying from it’s roof peak. At any rate, we, to the amazement of the seller, managed to disassemble the Cheltenham G and fit it into our rather small car. We’ve become quite good at this.
After a very extremely cleaning the Cheltenham G is nothing short of a showpiece! Thi stereo is one of our favourite Project G’s as it has the most beautifully figured rosewood body. It’s a show stopper!
UPDATE: This stereo is no longer part of our collection as it has been recently acquired by a private collector.
Below are a few select images of the Arizona G just move your mouse up and down over the images to view - enjoy!
The Cheltenham G as it was posted on eBay. It was impossible tot tell what condition it was on or which model it was.
As you can see by this photo the Chetenham G need some serious scrubbing as it had developed a little mildew problem from having been stored in a basement for years.
We completely disassembled this unit right down to the last wire. Show here is the interior works of a T10 amplifier.
Part of the Cheltenham's cleaning was having its brushed aluminium parts completely repolished. It is a laborious process but well woth the effort in the end.
Reassembled, cleaned and working, the Cheltenham G is abeautiful unit.
The completely restored faceplate of the T10 amplifier and cleaned, fuschia record box.
The Cheltenham G as it looked in our home. It is a beautiful piece of workmanship and we shall miss this one!