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The ITC Cart Machine/Lamp: Lighting Up the Dial

You knew there had to be another use for those classic ITC single-play cart machines!

You knew there had to be another use for those classic ITC single-play cart machines!

And radio veteran Ted Tatman found it. He obtained one such machine and turned it over to his brother-in-law.

David Shannon claims to be able to make a lamp out of anything. He is proprietor of the Lexington, Ky., emporium known as Shannon’s Lamp Service.

“The cart machine didn’t cost me anything,” Tatman said. “My friend Rob Calhoun was able to grab a surplus unit from his radio station, with his GM’s approval, of course.” We wonder if the lamp will dim when the heads get dirty.

(And here’s an update for online readers: Shannon says he has wired the rig so that the light comes on when a tape is inserted, and turns off when the cart is removed. Also, “I was also able to purchase a switch that I could install where the center round ‘red button’ switch was located. It has a white button, but is now another working switch for the lamp.”)

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