with Custom Cabinets and Art Finishes
The Capehart cabinets were always of the
highest workmanship, with expensive woods and veneers, as
well as with detailed and intricate moldings and carvings.
The cabinet design was delivered by some of the leading
furniture manufacturers and designers, encompassing such
classical styles as Adam, Chippendale and Hepplewhite, but
also providing Art Deco and Streamline Moderne designs to
suit progressive tastes.
Standard Capehart 407
The most elaborate
design ever produced by Capehart was the CHATEAU 404
Capehart, an Adam style cabinet made from Koa wood with
intricate floral inlays in the player compartment doors.
For these reasons, it is rather uncommon to see a modified
Capehart, but some high-end furniture stores would offer
custom finishes for a stock Capehart model. Even more
sophisticated buyers had the Capehart components installed
in an existing or custom-made cabinet.
Capehart 400 with
a breathtaking custom cabinet
Automatic Electrola (1927) upgraded with a Capehart Changer,
Scott Radio, custom painting
Capehart 500 - The
"Painted Gypsy Funeral Wagon"
This unique example of a Capehart 500 was recently saved,
literally, from the wrecking ball.
Affectionately known to
collectors on the East Coast as the "Gypsy Wagon", this
extraordinary Capehart 500 was custom painted with rococo
motifs, and all flat panels on the cabinet were covered with
reverse-painted mirrors. Even the grille cloth was painted
with bucolic scenes.
For reasons unknown, a
number of post-World War II Capeharts turn up in Japanese/
Chinoiserie black lacquer finishes. These were usually
provided by the furniture store, or an independent artist.
Capehart 400N (1946)
with custom cabinet
(1946) with south-sea decorations
(1946) in custom Steinway Cabinet with Japanese Decorations
In 1946, Capehart had an
impasse in their cabinet manufacture.
For this reason, the piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons
designed and manufactured 50 custom Steinway cabinets for
the 406N Capehart in black piano lacquer. Only one of the
cabinets is known with Japanese decorations.
As always I am very
interested to hear from you.
Contact me at: sgimips1 "at" yahoo
And thanks so much to the excellent electronic restorer
Chuck, by whose gracious help I am able to publish these
ALSO: After having my 1946 Capehart for 2 years, I feel
like upgrading to a '48 model.
If you ever see a Capehart with a chrome tone arm and a
silver head shell on Ebay or in a local antiques store,
please send me an email. I will be eternally indebted to
Again my great
thanks to Chuck for his great help in creating these pages.
Pleases check out his other web pages with even more
fascinating early audio and TV tube electronics. One level
above this page, you can find more fascinating changers with
My thank also to Robert Baumbach who provided many
pictures, and many other people that always helped with
their advice and expertise to make these fascinating
machines run again as reliably and beautifully as the day
when they were bought.