This is SBE's Console II, which was their deluxe AM/SSB base station in the early-mid 70's. It came equipped with standard features like Volume, Squelch, R.F. Gain, Clarifier, NL, & PA. Add to that, a nicely blue backlit "S" meter, which also included SWR functionality in addition to the normal S/RF functions, and a blue backlit "On-The-Air" indicator. All this was wrapped up in a handsome, compact package which could find a home on almost any table or bench. Interestingly, the size of this multi-mode radio was much smaller than SBE's deluxe AM-only base, the Trinidad. The Console II was a good transmit performer on both AM and SSB, with close to 15 watts of SSB power potential, and good forward modulation on AM with decent tone quality. The radio mated up well with both the Turner +3 desk mic, or an Astatic D-104 The receiver, unfortunately was not up to the task in densely populated areas. The receiver was sensitive and the audio fidelity was good. However, the single conversion receiver I.F. did not have the greatest adjacent channel rejection or overload immunity. The "S" meter circuit was also a sore spot. While easy to read and somewhat linear, the meter would also backswing severely on just about any signal with strong modulation. This, of course, meant that you couldn't get a meaningful steady meter reading unless the signal was an unmodulated carrier. I also thought that placing the SWR calibrate on back of the radio was a bad move. On the one hand, it made for less knob clutter on the front panel, allowing the radio to remain compact. But on the other hand, having the control on the back made adjusting the SWR calibrate a bit cumbersome. Normally though, once you set the calibrate, it usually doesn't require resetting unless something in your system changes drastically, so the annoyance factor is really not all that great.
This radio earned a popular showing in my general area a distant 30+ years ago. Among the people I knew well, Big Mac and his kids shared their Console II. There were others as well, but their names escape me at the moment.
The radio pictured, recently came into my possession as an exchange for services rendered. It was amazingly clean inside, except that it looked to have been repaired once for a bad zener diode. But otherwise it was completely stock and even the crystals were all on frequency. It was a welcome addition to the classic radio collection.