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Phonographs / Re: Repro Platter Mats for RCA RP-168 Changers
« on: May 11, 2018, 04:31:52 PM »
So many of these mats look like this when you find them.

Phonographs / Repro Platter Mats for RCA RP-168 Changers
« on: May 11, 2018, 02:10:48 PM »
Reproduction platter mats for the early RCA RP-168 changer became available last month.  They look exactly like the originals, and well worth the price if you have one of these changers with a bad mat.

Chat / Re: "A-track" (8 track) tapes
« on: May 11, 2018, 01:38:38 AM »
They called this lady a "consummate buyer".  Everything was clean and organized.  Most of the stuff was in plastic totes.  Probably $5000 worth of totes at the sale stuffed with stuff.  The records I bought were in alphanumerical order, were spotless, both jacket and disc and the envelopes were turned so the record would not fall out.  Some of the nicest records I ever got at an auction.  Nothing was dirty, nasty or just piled everywhere.  Apparently, the lady would go to the Dollar Store or Walmart on her payday and buy whatever was on sale.  She had 500 rolls of paper towels and that many rolls of toilet paper.  Cases of dish soap, hand soap and beauty products.  Cases of ketchup and kitchen supplies.  There were over 10,000 cans of cat food, and she did not own a cat.

Chris, I admit to being a hoarder.  It may be cool to have old radios, phonos, tape decks, amps and all that stuff.  But, in my case, it's probably hoarding.   ;)

I knew of this lady, but did not know her well.  She worked at out bank.  I do not intend my comments to shed a negative light on her at all.  She was a nice lady.  She lived her life like she thought best.  All her stuff was cleaner and more organized than mine is certainly.  She just had LOTS of it.

My dad was bad about hoarding paper towels and toilet paper too.  He didn't keep 500 rolls on hand, but I'd bet he had 100 rolls of each at any given time.  He had a closet full of the stuff....

Phonographs / Re: RCA 45 record player
« on: April 11, 2018, 10:06:46 PM »
What I didn't realize is that RCA produced two different EY-3's.  The bakelite model is 45-EY-3, and it only has a volume control.  The 6-EY-3 is in a vinyl-covered wooden case and it has thumbwheel knobs inside the record playing compartment, one for volume, the other for tone.

My mistake Bill.  I thought you had a 45-EY-3..........

Phonographs / Re: RCA 45 record player
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:37:03 PM »
Bill, perhaps I'm confused as I'm not for sure what you have.  Can you post a picture.

Phonographs / Re: RCA 45 record player
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:23:53 PM »
Here's three different ones...all have the one control....

Phonographs / Re: RCA 45 record player
« on: April 11, 2018, 10:59:00 AM »
Larry, thanks for the help with the 274 number.  If you are referring to my EY-3 to Electra 225, I have a tone control.

Every one of these I've ever seen only had a volume control.

Phonographs / Re: RCA 45 record player
« on: April 10, 2018, 11:49:11 PM »
274 is the number to identify the set as an RCA.  All RCA amplifiers, and changers, are stamped with a 274 number.

Electra225, there is no tone control on an EY3...just a volume control.

Phonographs / Re: RCA 45 record player
« on: April 09, 2018, 11:06:35 PM »
I went through several years of always replacing the selenium rectifier with a diode.  But the last year or so I've been leaving them alone as long as the amp sounds good and the rectifier isn't smoking.......

The reason it really doesn't hurt to leave them alone is if one shorts all it will do is take out that 47 ohm resistor.  Seleniums are never used in higher quality transformer operated sets...only in the cheapest this little two tuber...

Phonographs / Re: RCA 45 record player
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:31:56 PM »
Frankly I am stumped as to what to do.  I hate finding stuff that is jury rigged or modded like this. 

I just restored a stereo RCA amp that had some replacement parts installed that was real shoddy work.  An electrolytic lug had been cut off and was just pulled up and suspended in mid-air and two crazy radial electrolytics were looked like an AA battery...real long and skinny.  Two other wax capacitors were replaced with two capacitors in series as the person didn't have the right value.  I had to straighten all that mess out and do it right.

As I said earlier, I would probably test it initially with the oddball electrolytic in place.  If it causes any issues such as hum or motorboating, I would cut it out where it goes to.

RCA / MOVED: RCA 45 record player
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:15:01 PM »
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Phonographs / Re: RCA 45 record player
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:13:50 PM »
Got it, Larry.  I suggested Bill ask you about it.  You are the RCA guru and I wondered if that big cap was a retrofit of some kind, or maybe you could offer a reason it might be there.  470 mic is lots of capacitance for a record player amp.  I had never heard of a high voltage cap with that high of a value.  I learned that this value is used in older TV sets.  Thanks for setting us straight.   :)
Greg, the only electrolytics RCA installed in this little amp are the 80/20- 150-volt electrolytics inside that metal can.

Bill, the big square looking part attached to the positive of the selenium rectifier is that 47 ohm resistor (R6)...likely a 5 watt variety.

Phonographs / Re: RCA 45 record player
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:08:29 PM »
The odd value electrolytic may not hurt anything.  I would test it first without removing it to see how the set sounds.  Some hi tech might have thought it provides better filtering and a cleaner sound...wouldn't hurt to find out.  It is a radial electrolytic and looks fairly new.

It's possible that a repair person replaced the electrolytic can at some point, and there was still a bit of hum in the amp, so he added the extra electrolytic to quieten it further....

Phonographs / Re: RCA 45 photos
« on: April 09, 2018, 05:59:53 PM »
Unless that radial electrolytic capacitor is an 80 or a 20, it doesn't belong there.

Sightings / Re: Steelman Record Player
« on: April 09, 2018, 01:11:49 AM »
You can get an idea of how powerful a set is by looking at the electricity it draws.  This one only pulls 50 watts, so it must have a very small amplifier.

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