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Introductions / Re: Hi from a recovering component snob! lol
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:54:20 PM »
Check compression, spark, fuel delivery.

"About your RCA Victor Stereo Phonograph and AM-FM Radio"
original manual and tag that came with Mark II models.
Hang tag says 3VF61 Series, manual is for all Mark IIs.
Tag like new, minor water mark on front cover of manual.
$15  Free Shipping

Please eMail DIRECT if interested to:  firesweep (at) verizon (dot) net
Roger A

Nice find! No way you can go wrong for $40, you'll get plenty of fun for your buck!

Came in a cabinet I just got.
Looks like new and the PO had 110$ worth of work done years ago then never used it again.
I have the receipt from a well known Syracuse audio shop. Has a new Audio Technica cartridge too!
I have beaucoup TTs and would keep it, as it's a beauty, but at near 70 I really have to start getting rid of stuff, or at least not take on anymore new stuff!
Last of the well built Top of the Line Garrards!
How about $50 + ship?

I'd never seen a similar Ethan Allen cabinet, the company itself started in the '30s, and still does have some US plants. Very high quality, especially the old stuff. We have an Ethan Allen chest dresser ca. the '50s at our Vermont summer camp, also a very solid piece. Was very happy to find one of this size to shoehorn into our small living room. Pic of the Scott that will go within.

Introductions / Re: Hi from a recovering component snob! lol
« on: April 01, 2018, 03:26:13 PM »
Restoring a car nowadays is insanely expensive, hence the increasing popularity of the "patina" look and even exclusively original classes at shows.

I did the black convertible thing years ago, a '58 NYer (pic1), but certainly would have preferred a typical '50s pink, purple, salmon, turquoise hue, however wanted to keep it original (1 of 1) and a color change would have necessitated an interior change, so after enjoying it for a while I sold it to Sweden, they love them as much as we do. I did have a turquoise Packard (pic2), but it went to a guy in Scranton when I got tired of the 3-spd column shift, however that trans was better than the notorious UltraTraumatic!

Introductions / Re: Hi from a recovering component snob! lol
« on: March 31, 2018, 04:43:35 PM »
Here's the "Heather" and "Mountain Laurel" colors (pic 1) we were going to paint our '58 Super 88, but we sold it because it didn't have Power Steering, and while I got all the components for a PS conversion from a friend's parts car,  at near 70 I just don't have the energy anymoreto do the swap, so it went bye.

Instead, we'll paint our '59 DeSoto Firedome (now you know where my  long time web handle came from) the lovely '56 Dodge LaFemme shades (pic 2) of "Misty Orchid" and "Regal Orchid"... I love purple!!!

This week's CL find is a console that SWMBO will actually allow in the living room!
It's been a challenge to find something acceptable for quite some time now, the nice Barzilay we found a few months ago was just too large for a 12 x 17 living room, so it got sold.

Her criterion was a light wood with simple lines that would blend well with a 7' long teak sideboard, decor's her thing and any console had to fit in with it. We looked at a solid state Symphonic console that came close but at 6' it was bigger than she wanted. Just this week one came available that will fit, finally, a late '60s Ethan Allen stereo cabinet with a single separate speaker cabinet.

Vintage Ethan Aleen solid rock maple, made in Vermont. The owner had passed away and the son, in his late 40s or so, said the cabinet had been emptied of it's former (unknown) components years ago and had been used with an all-in-one plastic "stereo" like a SoundDesign  (ugh) :-( , with the exception of an old non-working record player that had been left in place.

The wife likes the color, simple lines with louvered doors, and the fact that it's only 40 inches long for flexible placement. The empty speaker cabinet could have a newer, smaller speaker installed, and the main cabinet can house another matching speaker of small enough size. We already have an old Scott amp & tuner that will fit, and a working turntable to replace the old non-working Garrard.  So it's just 2 empty cabinets, basically, but with an unusual speaker configuration, and it's quite well made.   

Wanted / Re: Need a few 10" alnico speakers
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:27:09 PM »

Unusual... never saw a SE 7868 amp before.  The PP model would have kicked butt, the same as 7591, more or less, as seen often in Fisher 500/800.  Up until recently there was no new production, but is available now.

Sightings / Re: Nice Mid Century Console
« on: March 29, 2018, 02:39:02 PM »
Looks like a Bogen ca 1963 receiver, could be nice speakers, obviously a ported spkr cabinet, in a very desirable furniture style these days, who knows?  Don't see many in this low Scan style. Glad we picked up our 7' Troeds sideboard before MCM design got all popular again.

Chat / Re: Tubes, an Amp and More
« on: March 29, 2018, 02:29:20 PM »
Dunno but good ones bring crazy prices these days, as do the TOL vintage concentrics from Jensen, Altec, Stephens and others.  I wonder if some of the new AlNiCo repros from Jensen sold at www.tubesandmore Antique Electronic Supply are any good?

Picking up an Ethan Allen custom stereo console cabinet this w/e, minus receiver but w/ TT and speakers, both unknowns, it's always interesting to see what is actually in there, will report in.

Introductions / Re: Hi from a recovering component snob! lol
« on: March 29, 2018, 02:10:00 PM »
Yep, no way our SUV would hold that monster AND the giant speaker at the same time!
For now will use existing spkrs, as the original drivers in the console need re-coning, and the wife will need some convincing yet.

Ed, there was an RCA Berkshire (see link to article above), possibly you're thinking of Tanglewood?

Sparrows Point - Dad worked for "The Steel" in sales, but his office was in the Commercial Credit Bldg in downtown Bawlamer. All Beth Steel employees could belong to Sparrows Point CC off Wise Ave in Dundalk, being in sales Dad golfed there a lot, and there was an awesome swimming pool, but living in Towson we didn't get down there as a family as much as I would have wished, however I well remember the light red dust coating that would always be on the car at the end of day when we went for the entire day. Not the cleanest place, hate to think  what went in our lungs back then, but it's a shame that the biggest steel plant in the world is now nothing but a crumbling ruin. Dad was moved to the home office in Bethlehem PA in the early '70s, the company is long gone (once in the top 6 or 7 of all US companies) and the plant there is now a casino!!

That Persian Sand color on Cads was gorgeous, pale purple just belongs on cars of that era!!

Introductions / Re: Hi from a recovering component snob! lol
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:06:19 PM »
This weekend my son & I picked up a really big '55 RCA mono console containing a record player plus a 2- track r2r, from a kind member here who needed space (don't we all!). It also came with a spare "parts" amp, so our plan is to replace missing parts on that one, get it working, and install it in the cabinet  (itself needing restoration to an acceptable WAF level). Then, using outboard rosewood Klipsch speakers we have, re-purpose it as a stereo by putting a free-standing Dual TT on the fixed top, and retaining the original RP and r2r. Looks to be a fun, if fairly complex, process, but should be pretty sweet when she's done! 

Chat / Re: Tubes, an Amp and More
« on: March 26, 2018, 03:42:09 PM »
Most TOL Brit amps were made on turret boards with neatly bundled wiring and everything mounted in parallel rows, Leak, Quad, and the UK-made MI RCAs were typical. Marantz tube stuff that I had built in the '50s was similarly designed, and IIRC H-K Citations were also constructed that way, had the amp and preamp but forget now, it's been 20 some years.

Here's the RCA BA-14 I had, it was a tube studio monitor amp, look at all the plug in caps! The red German one was repainted non-original, the one in the link is original looking. These babies were designed to run 24/7/365 for years! Sold that one about 2 years ago.

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