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I remember those blonde Zenith B&W consoles with the lighted channel dials, my best friend who lived across the street parent's had one, AND a blonde Fisher mono console, '56 or '57, in their LR. Nowadays blonde furniture is hot with the Millennial set as a lot of it is '50 MCM style. It all goes in cycles! I myself like blonde wood TVs and consoles, along with the other lighter wood finishes like Maple, the latter which is not-so-much in style, especially in Early American design, which is good for me as most don't want it nowadays!

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Chat / Re: List your other weird "old stuff" hobbies here!
« on: February 22, 2019, 02:33:59 PM »
C-H 4-way RYG "before" pic 1


One as finished, on pole, not mine (wish it was!)

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Chat / Re: List your other weird "old stuff" hobbies here!
« on: February 22, 2019, 02:26:21 PM »
2 C-H Deco Type D/DH 1940s signals restored by me last year:

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Chat / List your other weird "old stuff" hobbies here!
« on: February 22, 2019, 02:22:12 PM »
Besides old cars that many seem to like a lot of us seem to be enamored of other vintage or jst old stuff, through nostalgia, "scientific" interest, or whatever floats one's boat. This could extend to all kinds of things. For me it's vintage appliances, Western Electric telephones, outboard motors, boats, motorcycles, and even traffic lights.

Of the latter I've restored a few signals and have used modern electronics to control them rather than the big mechanical cam pole-mounted units box mounted on the corner guide wire support poles. So I'll start by showing 2 recent ones, all made by Crouse Hinds locally here in Syracuse. They still exist as part of Eaton Corp making lighting and related electrical products.  So here's a few pics of a 1940s C-H Type D 3-light signal and same era 4-way beacon finished up last year, the green "Deco" Type DH signal is completely repainted and operational, the Type D beacon is original paint, which I prefer, but electrically restored and operational.

The year before I restored and since sold a C-H type D single-body 4-way (12 lights RGY) like the old pole mounted ones some of us oldsters remember from the 50s, wii try to find a pic. These are getting really rare.

Show us your other "weird" old stuff related hobbies!

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Glad that one got saved Chris, good on ya for holding onto it until it found an appreciative home! Not my style either, so much, but there's those that prefer the more formal look for sure, and every early color TV is well worth preserving.

20 years ago when you couldn't give one away who'd a thought they'd be so thin on the ground?  We who like old stuff might want to consider that the same fate awaits CRT sets today! We gave away a CRT Toshiba 32" tank-like monster a year ago to a gamer, after weeks of flogging it on CL for free, but did hang onto an almost unused cute little 19" Sylvania (Thomson) color CRT TV we had at camp and that we'd bought on sale at Sears (another goner?) on sale for $89.95 (!) about 15 years ago! It has a great picture and at least I can lift & carry that one! Who knows, maybe someday it'll be rare and collectible (by our kids generation) too? Even now urban "hipsters" are buying console stereos, and  Volvo 240s! 

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Welcome! Pictures and an introduction are welcomed as well! Particularly the amp...is this SE 6BQ5, 6V6GT or? There should be an amp chassis # somewhere, is it separate amp and tuner/controls?

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Console Tales / Re: 1968 Zenith Stereo Theater Console TV
« on: February 22, 2019, 01:13:44 PM »
That Buick had mechanical brakes on 2 wheels only, iirc they went to 4 wheel brakes around 1924. Oldest car I ever had so far was a '36 Olds F-36, it had 4 wheel hydraulic brakes, Ford was the last holdout using mechanical brakes until 1939... ol' Henry was a stubborn so & so.

My Uncle Don drove his '29 Model A pickup daily to work as an EE at IBM for years, only not in snow. He still drove it regularly until 2 yrs ago at age 90, now he can't drive at all, but he had a lot of fun with it while he could! He used to enjoy showing anyone around how to start it with the crank, he had it so well tuned that it'd start with a short jerk on the handle, he was good at it.

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Introductions / Re: Hello from WV
« on: February 21, 2019, 04:16:54 PM »
Welcome! Nice Maggie stereo/TV! Being a rectangular screen, if it's a '62 I assume that's it's a black & white TV?  Looks to be in very nice shape.

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Other Tube Console Brands / Re: Frank Sinatra's Custom Built Console Stereo
« on: February 21, 2019, 11:19:38 AM »
Also, Ken, were the Seeburgs you saw like the one for sale in my pic? If so were they SS or tube units? If tube do you recall what was the amp configuration and tube complement?

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Right, it was just an example of our desired cabinet design, I think the RCA is possibly an XL-100, SS or hybrid. We want an all-tube but not a real collectible like the pre-1960 models, hence we '60 to '70 , and actually prefer a rectangular CRT to a "roundie", as they don't tend to sell for a lot,  though the "roundies" are the ones I can really remember from childhood, as the B & W went to rectangular CRT early-on, while Color sets didn't until I was into high school.

As to working, it needs to be, or close, and I figure with all-tube I can at least partly understand what's going on, whereas later models are too much for this addled brain, I have enough trouble with strictly audio.

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Chat / Re: 1968 Magnavox Collaro Turntable - Won't spin
« on: February 21, 2019, 10:37:33 AM »
In my experience 70% of the time it's gummed up old grease that a good cleaning and lube will rectify. If slipping once the motor is turning rive wheels can be rebuilt or bought new still.  Welcome!

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Console Tales / Re: 1968 Zenith Stereo Theater Console TV
« on: February 21, 2019, 10:29:30 AM »
Chrysler was always the "engineer's" car, except for my Dad who was a Tufts grad BS /MS in Mechanical Eng. and always had Fords, Chevs or Buicks!  Oddly to him a car was strictly for A ---> B, and he never understood my passion for them, though he did know how to take proper care of them. And oddly although Mopars have always been my favorite and I've had a lot of '30s to '70s ones, ever since I sold my '58 and '59 DeSotos last year the fleet now consists of: 1 '87 SAAB  (in VT), 1 '68 Chev, 1 '07 Mustang, and 2 newish Xterras. Everything BUT a Mopar... I may have to rectify that. Lately I've had a major hankering for a pre-'15 brass car before I hang it up for good.

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We'd also consider a early '70s Zenith ChromaColor is this particular cabinet only.
This is the type of style and finish color we'd really like, but a tube chassis is 1st choice.

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Console Tales / Re: 1968 Zenith Stereo Theater Console TV
« on: February 20, 2019, 03:04:24 PM »
It is a nice and helpful group. The only similar one I've frequented is for old appliances: www.automaticwasher.org  In regards to which one of the most dedicated "stackers" I know is a great friend there, he has a 30 x 40 garage 1/2 hr from his house completely full and stacked 2 and 3 high with old washers, dryers, fridges, and ranges, mostly Frigidaires. He did manage to cram one 1975 Electra in there somewhere, but his '67 Riviera and '65 Wildcat are in his home garage, while his 2 drivers sit outside.. in Quebec!

Ed are you near Delmar? One of my best friends lives there on the Delaware side. If you see a trailer with a bunch of old small boats and boat junk in the yard... that's him.

As to our long suffering wives, we can only hope that when we die they won't sell off all our old cars or consoles for what we told them we paid!

And as for pics, here's one of my former '58 Mopars with Y'r Obd't Srv't, taken about 4 years & 10 pounds ago, age 65 at the time. Working title: "Big guy with Big car".

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Know there's some old TV guys here too - now that stacking is deemed acceptable by SWMBO, we're looking for 1960 - '70 all-tube chassis TV set in working condition or close, Maple finish or Early American cabinet or other lighter woods in decent condition, similar cabinet style and color to avatar <---- and attached TV examples. Leads and info appreciated!

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