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Chat / Re: "California Typewriter"
« on: December 12, 2017, 07:06:36 PM »
When I was just getting out of high school, a family friend gave me a derelict '57 Buick that he had received as a 40th b'day present as a joke.  I kept the car for a couple years in a garage my dad owned, starting and running it (without plates)) occasionally.  It always started and ran. Eventually the garage had to go so the car did too.  It went to a friend who stashed it where his dad worked until he had to get rid of it too.  Last stop, junk yard.  I went over and snagged the radio and an emblem from the steering wheel and drove it one last time.  Ever since, I've had an irrational affection for '57 Buicks.  If I win the lottery I'l buy one.  This one was a 2-dr. hardtop, a mid-range model.  It's odd what we hanker after.

Chris Campbell

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I'll see if I can dig up some photos and post them in chat.  The Starfire has been stored for many years until  had to move it this summer.  Found a new spot, and one of its neighbors there is a Bugatti (!!).

Chris

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I'll see if I can dig up some photos and post them in chat.  The Starfire has been stored for many years until  had to move it this summer.  Found a new spot, and one of its neighbors there is a Bugatti (!!).

Chris

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I'll see if I can dig up some photos and post them in chat.  The Starfire has been stored for many years until  had to move it this summer.  Found a new spot, and one of its neighbors there is a Bugatti (!!).

Chris

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My first exposure to a Starfire was my buddy's grandfather's '61 convertible.  It had the old 394 and probably the Slim-Jim Hydramatic and a glorious interior--slightly bluish-red leather and lots of chrome. It was an astonishing vehicle.

Chris Campbell

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Introductions / Re: Hi from a recovering component snob! lol
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:49:54 PM »
The big lesson is that purity of doctrine is not required.  I like the idea of high-fidelity, of the least distortion and best replication of the original sound.  But some of my most enjoyable listening is in my Ford Ranger truck on the OEM radio/CD player.  And I listen to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights via AM radio on a fine GE P-780 portable, or maybe on an old 1930s console.  It's OK to enjoy sound from various sources.  After all, it's the music we're really listening to, and it's fun to do it via different technologies.  Tubes, solid state, digital, analog, small, big.  There's room for all varieties. 

Chris Campbell

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Magnificent Magnavox / Re: Unknown Model
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:32:18 PM »
When I was a kid the grade school I attended had an annual spring fair fundraiser in the gym.  One year they had a big refrigerator box dressed up as a vending machine.  You put a nickel or some other big amount in a slot and out came a 45.  They were all cut-outs from the local radio station, promo copies.  I bought several.  Three of them were Patsy Cline singles.  Who?  I took them home and played them.  My ears were tuned to early rock, not country, for goodness' sake, but Patsy's singing caught my ear anyway--this was good stuff.  But how could I like it if it was country music?  That was an early lesson in disregarding labels. As Duke Ellington said, if it sounds good, it is good.

Chris Campbell

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Chat / "California Typewriter"
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:27:16 PM »
Tonight our local film series showed a cool documentary called "California Typewriter."  It's about, duh, typewriters and the people who use and service them.  I figure that people on this forum like old things and mechanical things so you may want to seek out out on DVD or online.  Tom Hanks is one of the featured people--he collects and uses typewriters.  And historian David McCullough, and musician John Mayer, and playwright/actor Sam Shepard (who died recently). 

Chris Campbell

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Chat / Re: I have trouble with verbs for some reason.......
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:22:35 PM »
As to forgetting things, my theory is that now that I'm mature, I have a lot more stuff to remember than when I was a kid, so sometimes it's hard to search the RAM. 

I was the guy who had more trouble with math than with English, even though I was generally good with mechanical things.  The best teacher of writing is reading.  Read more.  Watch TV less. 

Chris Campbell

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I've got a '65 Olds, a fairly rare model,

 You should know that you can't make such a statement without elaborating!

-Tim

Starfire coupe, biggest engine they made, big bucket seats with leather trim, the new Turbo-Hydramatic including the switch-pitch feature.  I've even got the window sticker.  And, to let you know how the world has changed, no air conditioning, crank windows, and AM radio.  How did we survive back then?

Chris Campbell

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Electronics / Re: preferred filter cap brand?
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:56:17 PM »
Somebody on ARF responded to my same inquiry by pointing to the vendors who advertise off on the side of that site.  I notice that "JustRadios" offer filter caps kits--a selection of values--which seems really attractive because it's easier than doing an order via Mouser, which I always find hard to do.  And I'd have a bunch on hand so I could work on whichever radio struck my fancy, without having to order and wait. But they are neither Nichicon nor Panasonic, which most seem to favor.

Chris Campbell

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You  have to work hard at giving things away these days. I've got a '65 Olds, a fairly rare model, and decided to offer it as a donation to the R.E. Olds Museum in Lansing, where the car was built.  Nope, not interested.  And if you look over on ARF, Ive been posting my "Free TV" ad for a long time, offering a tube-chassis RCA New Vista.  No luck.  I tell you, this giving-away practice can be difficult. If it's a freebie, I'll bet somebody here will decide they've got space, but you should probably offer it in the "Sale or Trade" section.

Oops, forgot to sign my post. 
Chris Campbell

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You  have to work hard at giving things away these days. I've got a '65 Olds, a fairly rare model, and decided to offer it as a donation to the R.E. Olds Museum in Lansing, where the car was built.  Nope, not interested.  And if you look over on ARF, Ive been posting my "Free TV" ad for a long time, offering a tube-chassis RCA New Vista.  No luck.  I tell you, this giving-away practice can be difficult. If it's a freebie, I'll bet somebody here will decide they've got space, but you should probably offer it in the "Sale or Trade" section.

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The usual advice is to contact Gary at the V-M site:  http://www.thevoiceofmusic.com.  Also, it always helps to post a photo. 

You will probably need to improvise  bit to adapt a newer ceramic cartridge, or add a preamp and a magnetic cartridge.

Chris Campbell

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That one looks like fun.  Any idea who made the tape deck?

Chris Campbell

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