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1961 MOTOROLA DREXEL SK76WA CONSOLE FIND
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:58:01 PM »
super stoked to have this 61 motorola drexel sk76wa console now in my house! In near perfect condition and every function working! all Ive done so far is clean it. I will delve into the internals tomorrow, so have not even looked inside yet. this beast sounds unreal, and from I have gathered, is running 6 6V6 tubes on board. wow! can't wait to get into it and check it out for myself. 

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Re: 1961 MOTOROLA DREXEL SK76WA CONSOLE FIND
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 08:16:52 PM »
Wow, that is one beautiful Motorola!  It looks brand new, unlike my SK52W that looks like it was backed over by a semi.  Mine is a 1960 and uses six 6BM8 tubes. 

For all you Motorola guru's I have a question:  All companies had many shapes, sizes, models, etc. and Motorola was no exception.  I also know that the Drexel cabinet was probably top of the line.  So what chassis was top of the line and what models did you find them in?  This Sk76AW looks to be pretty impressive.

Thanks in advance!

Bill

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Re: 1961 MOTOROLA DREXEL SK76WA CONSOLE FIND
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 08:54:40 PM »
Tbat's a very handsome device. Send along some photos of the electronics when you have time.

Chris Campbell

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Re: 1961 MOTOROLA DREXEL SK76WA CONSOLE FIND
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2018, 08:56:50 PM »
Wow, that's a beauty! :D  I have one just like that in my dining room. It's a three-channel model with a 12" center woofer and the Vibrasonic spring reverb. It's also part of the Declaration line of furniture, which has become quite collectible. If you are interested in such things, there are record cabinets and consoles out there that would coordinate with your Hi-Fi.

From my records, your SK76 has the HS-963 amplifier and HS-964 pre-amp and tuner. In addition, I believe you have a 1962 model - 1961 was a carryover from 1960 in terms of the models that were promoted. Look in the Attachments Center - there's a 1961 phonograph guide from Billboard that I just uploaded - and you can see what Motorola models were available that year.

Again, this is one of my favorite consoles and you'll get lots out of it - AM/FM, records, cd playback through the stereo tape inputs on the back. You can even put a Bluetooth on it as well - that was a big deal for my wife when she could play her music on it. 8)

When you clean off the innards, you'll see a date code on the amp near the fuse. I would expect it to read Fall 1961 (when the 1962 models were introduced) or 1962. And while you're at it, you may want to inspect your capacitors (and most likely replace them - especially the electrolytic ones which have probably dried out by now). You'll be surprised how much better your console will sound.

If you have any questions, ask away. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this forum to help you out.

Greg