I was at university when Scientelec was the go to brand for cashless students like me. They were primarily sold via people like Cibot Radio (Paris 12ème) and some of their amplifiers were available in kit form, which made them even more affordable. Some would say that the good look of the products were hiding a not so upmarket performance... But, in fact some of the products were really good for the time and they also made an interesting turntable, which by many aspects, seemed to have been inspired by ERA (designed by the famous JC Verdier...).
Way before the internet (which turned 25 this month btw...) .
Very little information is available online, and after trawling all my forums and various vintage hifi vendors, I have compiled here a few photos to give you a glimpse of what the product range was about. Created in 1968, the company went bankrupt in 1980 and the founder ended up behind bars, a rare thing at the time for such a small business...
Photos courtesy of Audio Vintage Forum, Hifi Antique and Hifi Vintage Audiophile.
As previously discussed, I have owned an ERA turntable for a few years. In fact, it was my second turntable, after I left home and our DUAL to my sister. ERA was a unique player in the French Hifi landscape of the time. The company started in 1964, and probably lasted until the early 80s. Towards the mid 70s, ERA branched out in making electronics and speakers in an attempt to provide a complete solution to their clients. But their core competency was in designing turntables with the help of Jean-Claude Verdier, not exactly an amateur in the field...
I have just inherited a bunch of documents from Jean-Paul Guy, with a surprise: a complete ERA catalogue from 1974, so I thought I would scan it for you and for posterity. Merck JP!
If you own or have owned an ERA turntable or any of these products, I would like you to send us your story and some photos to complement this story. Thank you in advance!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.