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Chat / Re: '56 Buick
« on: March 23, 2019, 09:49:44 PM »
My Starfire is  '65, with the new 425 engine and the Turbo-Hydro with the switch-pitch feature to reduce idle creep.  Long ago when I was in Ann Arbor I went to the library and found the cam specs.  The standard-issue Starfire engine had a cam available only in that engine.

Chris Campbell

Chat / Re: '56 Buick
« on: March 23, 2019, 11:16:27 AM »
I had neighbor-car envy, that car seemed so big and powerful compared to Dad's 6 cyl Chevy sedan, which was a boring Gray and White.

The worst car envy I had was for my buddy's grandfather's '61 Olds Starfire convertible.  It made Dad's '61 Chevy convertible seem staid (that's the car I've still got).  I'm not sure about '61 ut I suspect that Olds put a special cam in the Starfire engine to boost it above the big 98 engine.  I have a '65 Starfire and it has a special cam.  Or did... I have no idea how much wear is on the lobes.

Chris Campbell

Chat / Re: The old GE radio
« on: March 23, 2019, 11:06:41 AM »
All of the components were in spec on the radio so my final conclusion was that it was the line voltage.  I did replace the rest of the paper caps, and maybe some were a bit leaky.  But finally I built a bucking transformer to keep the line voltage down. It does the job.

Now comes the real challenge:  finding a place to put it in the small house.  That has been the subject of planning sessions over the last few weeks.  Too much stuff, not enough space.  So the radio still sits out in the shop. 

Chris Campbell

Chat / Re: '56 Buick
« on: March 21, 2019, 11:39:04 PM »
Those wire wheels would only survive on a "summer car" in Michigan.  Don't you wish Grandpa had parked that one away after he drove it for a year....

Chris Campbell

Fisher / Re: Fisher X-100 amplifier confusion
« on: March 21, 2019, 05:44:37 PM »
Chris, I love reading your posts about your music "listening" but for me, while I very much enjoy my stereo equipment, there is simply no substitute for LIVE Performances!

I am lucky to live near the Interlochen Arts Academy/Interlochen Center for the Arts, so I get to hear student performances a lot, at very high levels of skill, plus the occasional professionals who pass through (e,g., Jonathan Bis on a cold and slippery winter night).  Plus my town with a population of about 14K has a professional symphony orchestra. (!!)  And there are lots of places to hear pop genres, although many are bars and I'm not much of one for hanging out at the bar.  My last concert was a jazz ensemble at Interlochen, playing Art Blakey group music.  The guys had been there for a few days teaching and the students were hooting and hollering in the audience.  That's not my usual listening but it stretches the mind and it's live and who can resist a bunch of happy high school kids cheering on the guys who have been working with them.

Chris Campbell

Chat / Re: '56 Buick
« on: March 21, 2019, 05:36:03 PM »

Though as a card-carrying Irishman I might object mightily to their playing a Scots Highland anthem ("Scotland The Brave") on their Scottish bagpipes (Irish Elbow bagpipes are quite different, played by the arm pushing a bellows not by mouth, and they sound very different too - thanks heavens!).

Though played here by Scottish 'pipes, here's the appropriate tune for the occasion:

As a Scot, whose ancestors emigrated via Ireland, I did not actually object but I did wonder about the choice of tunes.  The pipe bands tend to come from Canada, our friendly northern neighbor.  They add a celtic air to the occasion even if they get the ethnic traditions wrong.

And in my shop, I have the center bar from a '57 Buick grill, a trash-pile find, with "1957" clearly stated in the middle.

Chris Campbell

Sightings / Re: coffee table stereo
« on: March 20, 2019, 08:46:17 PM »
The Sherwood tuners are especially admired in the FM tuner community.  Sherwood apparently had superior FM engineering.  The model numbers are sort of like Magnavox model numbers--they only give an approximation of the circuit inside because Sherwood kept upgrading and modifying.  But it's good stuff.

Chris Campbell

Fisher / Re: Fisher X-100 amplifier confusion
« on: March 20, 2019, 08:42:42 PM »
Some of the ultra-high-end folks seem to listen more for the performance of their equipment--the precision of soundstage, the  perfection of high frequencies, the impact of lows--than for the pleasure of the music.   I like good sound as much as the next guy but the whole idea really is to enjoy music.  And somehow that happens most intensely in the little truck.  The other place it has happened with surprising effect is on my small sailboat, where I listen on a mono radio, the FM section of a Ray Jefferson RDF unit, with a small portable RCA speaker in one of those old rear-deck speaker enclosures from the 1970 era.  This is solidly low-fi, but on a pleasant summer evening when the right music is on my favorite program it can be quite an experience.

Chris Campbell

Chat / '56 Buick
« on: March 20, 2019, 08:34:23 PM »
This is mostly for Greg.  I've posted a video of the 2019 St. Patrick's Parade in Bay City, MI here:

Now I suspect few of you will give a hoot about a parade in Bay City ("where's that?"), but Greg may want to go to 5:50 in the video where there's a very nice '56 Buick to be seen.

By the way, the answer to the question above is "It's where Chris's '61 Chevy lives."  I had considered entering the car in the parade and taking along my mother, who is 96 and lives 1/2 block from where the parade starts (where I was standing).  She declined to participate  and I couldn't find any other volunteers.  The car was in the parade in 1964, for a nutty political group I was in (my excuse:  youthful stupidity) and then in 1965 for the high school band (cheerleaders rode in it).  Maybe next year.

Chris Campbell

Fisher / Re: Fisher X-100 amplifier confusion
« on: March 19, 2019, 08:10:49 PM »
My most intense listening is in the little red truck on the Ranger's OEM Ford radio/CD player.  It's actually a very competent little radio in a small space (standard cab) and when sitting still--no road noise masking the bass--it has really extended bass.  Of course, it' a small space and easy to fill with noise.  The big thing is that driving seems to occupy the part of the brain that needs distracting, leaving the music part to listen carefully.  I drove 2-3/4 hours away on Friday evening, listening first to public radio then to a great recording of the Rachmaninov Preludes by Steven Osborne, and then to a great CD pf New Orleans music by James Booker, a great NOLA pianist.  Both recordings have great left-hand work and the little truck makes it sound wonderful.  It's always surprising how much more engaging the music is in the truck, with a technically mid-fi player, than at home, where I have the pricey stuff.

The RF performance on the Ford radio is as good as the aftermarket Pioneer I bought when my Mustang's radio/cassette player had reached retirement age.

Chris Campbell

Fisher / Re: Fisher X-100 amplifier confusion
« on: March 19, 2019, 12:28:24 AM »
myself I've always favored EL-84 based amps above all others, even if they tend to be lower powered...YMMV!

For myself, I favor whatever variety of cool amp or other device presents itself in my path.  I've managed to adopt a Scott 222, a Fisher X-100B, and a Sansui 1000A receiver, all for less than $30.  Cheap 'n' cheerful 'n' available....  They're all fun. 

Chris Campbell

Console Tales / Re: Luck 'O the Irish!
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:57:57 PM »
Looks like the B version used 7868 output tube (equiv. to 7591) so the output power is probably a bit higher too.

Chris Campbell

Console Tales / Re: Luck 'O the Irish!
« on: March 17, 2019, 10:43:31 PM »
Nice find.  It's a handsome cabinet and you get a good Fisher amp with it.  I've got a Fisher x100B out in the garage, waiting for renovation.  I looked online and found a page that said the X100 used tube rectification and the X100B used solid-state.
Here's the summary:

About the Fisher X-100-B Integrated Amplifier   The X-100-B was introduced in early 1962 and  was sold through 1964.It uses 7868 beam-power  output tubes.  The  8768  is  essentially  identical  to  the  better-know  7591  tubes  used  in  many  fisher  amplifiers, except they utilize a

Magnificent Magnavox / Re: Any comments on this Maggie console?
« on: March 16, 2019, 02:26:09 PM »
I am elsewhere right now and can't check, but I think mine is a 222C and does not have adjustable bias.

Chris Campbell

Introductions / Re: New (Old) Magnavox
« on: March 16, 2019, 02:23:26 PM »

You can replace coupling caps using the "hook and loop" method.  You cut the leads from the old part, right at the body, then take your needle nose pliers and make a loop in the form of a "J" on the old lead.  You do that to both leads you cut.  Then you measure the leads on the new part (these will be plenty long and need to be trimmed) make a hook on each end.  Then you join the hooks and squeeze them together to make a good mechanical bond.  Then solder the hooks.  The purists will scream bloody murder, but RCA actually recommended this method, and it was the way I was taught.

I came late to the "hook and loop" approach.  I used to be diligent about removing the old leads from each lug or terminal. And usually in the struggle to get the old wire un-crimped, one or another of the lugs or terminals would break off, especially when (usually) there were multiple wires going to it.  @#*^!!!.  Finally I started cutting and looping and life became much easier.  I think it produces superior functional results. You're right, the purists want to restuff the old paper capacitor shells.  They want everything to look just as though it came off the assembly line.  I have been saving the old caps to go with the radios so a future purist can restuff, or I can do it when I'm old and retired.  I'm just old so far.

Chris Campbell

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