This Weltron 2001 radio 8-track player was designed and released in 1970 by James Pratt Winston and has a unique, unmistakable profile. The bowling ball shapw has a spaceman-like face and a carrying handle on top. A funky, although not too practical, touch is the chrome mounting ring on top. Yes, you could actually hang this radio from a chain on the ceiling! Released around 1970–71, the "very unusual" 2001 was priced at $159.95 (equivalent to $1,100 in 2021), came in a selection of bold colors (red, white, yellow, orange) and incorporated an 8-track player with AM/FM radio into a space age spherical plastic form. Adding to this Space Man look are the twin speakers, whose grille holes give the appearance of ears or headphones. This device is portable, so plug in some batteries and impress your friends.
Through 1972 the company developed other models, sold under the "New Shape of Sound" line. These included the 2002, a spherical AM/FM stereo radio, and the 2003, a spherical speaker sold in pairs. The new products were sold by direct marketing, along with advertisements in various consumer magazines.
In the UK the Weltron 2001 was distributed under the name 'Prinzsound Stereo Module model SM8.
They were very popular in the 1970s and many of them are still in circulation and highly collectible. In fact, vintage Weltron audio products have continued to rise in popularity over the last few years as more and more people come to appreciate Space Age influenced electronics. So it's no surprise that the Weltron model 2001 is one of the most sought-after 8-track players for audio collectors.
If you're ever on the hunt for Space Age collectibles be sure to look for the following popular brands: Aquatron, Panasonic, Weltron, Philco, Magnavox, Brother, Grundig, Prominent and Wyndford Hall.
Looking for the instructions?
Download here the Weltron 2001 manual (PDF).
What's your Weltron 8 track worth in 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
|Weltron 2001 Orange Space Ball Radio AM||11/2021||$1015|
|Weltron 2001 Yellow Space Ball Radio Am||12/2021||$734|
|Weltron 2001 8 Track Player Radio AM FM||11/2021||$587|
|Weltron 2001 8 Track Stereo Tape Player||10/2021||$250|
|YELLOW WELTRON 2001 8 TRACK AM FM 70 S||11/2021||$300|
|See all sold items on eBay for more prices||01/2022||-.--|