A stellar example of 1970s "space-abilia," this Weltron radio/tape player has a unique, unmistakable profile. It's the size and shape of a bowling ball, with an overall otherworldly look. It has a carrying handle on top which pulls out. The twin speakers on the sides are 8-Ohm speakers made by Pioneer. At the back of each speaker grille is a jack for an extension speaker. A stereo headphone jack is placed under the console at bottom front.
At the bottom of the swiveling base is a giant rubber suction cup which, when placed on a smooth surface, adds to the weight-distribution quality of the unit by making it un-knock-overable. :-) To release the suction cup from the surface it is on, just pull up the tab (which you can just barely see on the back of the yellow unit in the picture above). 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! I don't really see the advantage of doing this though, unless you just want to make it harder to operate and need something to knock your head on when you walk by. The 13-pound weight of the unit (that's without batteries in it) would make for a pretty attractive bruise, headache, and possibly mild concussion if you were running or something. Sounds like fun!
The long horizontal slot is where you insert an 8-track stereo tape cartridge. The three slider controls to the upper left of the face of the unit are balance, tone, and volume, from left to right. The rightmost round knob is the tuner and other one selects AM, FM, or Tape mode. The square black pushbutton under the round knobs is the program selector for 8-track use. The round silver pushbutton at lower right is the power switch, and there is a small battery charge meter at the lower left. There are indicator lights for power on (which is red in color), current program being played on the 8-track (1, 2, 3, or 4 -- these are green), and FM stereo (which is amber in color). These are actual light bulbs, not LEDs! :-)
This set can run on AC power via an AC cord that comes with it, 8 "D" size batteries, or 12-volt DC power from a car's cigarette lighter. The battery pack and jacks for the other two power sources are accessible through a removable hatch in the back. There is a place for the AC cord to conveniently wind up on the inside of the hatch panel, for storage while using another type of power source.
The Weltron 2001 came in several colors (at least white, red, and yellow).