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The city zoning folks would be hell raisin'.  My house and the garage probably fill my quota of allowable structures. I was thinking about checking to see of I could add onto the garage, where I have a heated shop at one end.  I need a radio repair bench, preferably in its own room to keep sawdust off those projects.  The heated shop has a cool little wall heater.  It has a concentric intake air/exhaust flue arrangement, which means that the combustion air is drawn from outside and I don't have to worry about solvents igniting.  Plus it uses no power--it's all convection.  When i finished out the shop I was careful about insulation details and sealing air leaks.  I blew 14" of cellulose into the attic space.  There was no evident increase in gas bills when I added the wall heater (surely there must be some, but it's surprisingly small).  It's great to be able to work on projects at night in the winter.

Chris Campbell

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Introductions / Re: Hello from Lexington, SC
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:57:39 PM »
The console is plywood with a surface veneer of better wood.  That's how they're all made because plywood is stable (doesn't warp) and the thinner veneer can be a more expensive wood.  The best way to do it would be to buy some replacement veneer from a woodworking supply company and glue in some patches.  You will probably have to remove all the finish and then stain the entire surface after patching to get a uniform color, although if you're careful you might get a god result by staining the new veneer only.  The top looks badly treated--moisture damage from potted plants or whatever.  You can remove whatever remains of the finish, bleach the surface to get rid of the water marks, and then re-stain and finish it.  You can by wood bleach at the hardware or paint store, but I've used good ol'  Clorox with success.

The original finish is likely a lacquer.  You can buy canned spray lacquer.  Or you can use another finish like shellac or varnish.  I'm a varnish fan because it doesn't require spraying equipment, although I'll use shellac on some projects.  For varnish, you want an interior varnish, an oil-based product and not polyurethane or spar varnish.  Polyurethane usually looks like plastic and spar varnish is intended for outdoor exposure so it remains more flexible (softer) than an interior varnish.

Chris Campbell


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Sale or Trade / Re: Looking to sell a few choice Mono Consoles
« on: May 22, 2018, 08:25:03 PM »
I'm the one who won't be buying any more consoles until a pole barn falls from the sky and lands in my back yard, but photos would be great fun to drool over. 

Chris Campbell

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Sightings / Re: A really white '61 Imperial
« on: May 22, 2018, 12:41:12 AM »
It would fit perfectly in the final scene of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"--that white room. 

Chris Campbell

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Music / Re: Connie Francis "Greatest American Waltzes"
« on: May 21, 2018, 08:06:48 PM »
Every night after work I go off on a trek of about 3-1/2 miles, up our biggest hill and back through a recreation area, listening to NPR's All Things Considered evening news show on the Sony SRF-59 headphone radio.  Tonight they had a great feature, "What Makes  a Jazz Standard," with Christian McBride.  It's about The American Songbook, that great bunch of tunes from the 20th century.  You can listen to it here--select "what makes a jazz standard."

https://www.npr.org/series/347139849/jazz-night-in-america

McBride noted that a song is a standard when lots of musicians perform it. But just listen to the great tunes & singers they lead off with.  At one point they're listening to Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse singing a duet.  McBride is adding encouragement--"Sing it, Tony" and "Tell 'em, Amy." 

All that glorious music and all those talented performers.  This is America's gift to the world. Have a listen to the episode--its only a bit over 7 minutes, and I was grinning like a fool as I walked up the hill.  There are times when life is not just good, but best.

Chris Campbell


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Motorola / Re: My Atomic Blonde Motorola Stereo Console SK28B
« on: May 20, 2018, 11:42:25 PM »
I've got a sailboat that's old enough to have mahogany trim (nowadays boats all teak, which requires less work, of they have any wood at all).  The challenge is keeping the varnish up.  Imagine putting your mahogany furniture out in the front yard and leaving it there all summer, rain and shine.  Of course, boat carpentry is usually designed to accommodate exposure, but still....  Much of my mahogany is under cover when the boat isn't being sailed. Keeping water and sun off really extends the life of varnish.  The mast is spruce and tends to suffer less because it's vertical.  It gets a fresh coat of varnish (two actually) about every three years.

I sailed for the first time this season today and got two "pretty boat!" shouts from other boaters.  That compensates for spending spring weekends in the boat barn doing all the maintenance.  The boat is in her 58th season afloat and this is my 51st season sailing her.  I have ignored the tradition of buying bigger and bigger boats every couple years.  People buy bigger and bigger and they sail less and less because it's more and more work to do it.  My boat is the smallest in her section of the marina but she actually gets sailed.

Chris Campbell


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Music / Re: Connie Francis "Greatest American Waltzes"
« on: May 20, 2018, 11:32:19 PM »
Tonight the Sunday night blues show had a couple white gospel music tunes that were good.  I missed the announcement so had to go to the playlist to see who performed.  It was Ry Cooder, the guy with impeccable musical taste. 

Chris Campbell

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Chat / Re: Bolstering The Weak Link
« on: May 20, 2018, 11:30:08 PM »
Amplified indoor antennas are  crap shoot.  I have a couple from Radio Shack.  At my former office, it was the only way I could get the local public radio station.  At my new office, it did not work at all, and my current antenna there is a folded dipole (that standard little twinlead T-shaped device) tacked to a piece of lath and hung from the ceiling in just the right place.  The folded dipoles work best when in a straight T shape and the reception lobes are perpendicular to the length.

The best option is a directional antenna like a little Yagi. I was using a Metz omnidirectional coil-loaded whip antenna when I moved to my current house.  It was dismal--lots of noise & multipath.  I built a homemade Yagi indoor from an "Audio Amateur" magazine article and it was night-and-day.  So I bought a Radio Shack Yagi suitable for outdoor mounting and aimed it toward the transmitter.  Even better.  When my Dad was ill, I hung one of those Radio Shack Yagis from his roof so he could get a good public radio station 90 miles away. 

Out in the garage I have a couple huge salvaged antennas wit 8' booms and lots of elements.  One is a log-periodic, as I recall.  Haven't had a chance to try either one yet.

I could download the Audio Amateur construction article but probably not for a couple weeks--big trip coming up.  And there are a lot of antenna construction article online.

Chris Campbell

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Music / Re: Connie Francis "Greatest American Waltzes"
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:05:08 PM »
Of course, the real key to a musical career is talent.  That's how musicians without good looks can make it.  There are always the ones whose careers are generated by PR departments, but they are the exception.  I've told my story of discovering Patsy Cline when I was a kid so I won't repeat it, but the important thing is that I knew right away that I was hearing somebody worth listening to--even if it was country music, which was not at all fashionable in my rock'n'roll childhood. The lesson for me was that category didn't matter.  Some elusive quality did.

I don't have a TV so I don't get distracted by antics or odd clothing choices.  The whole focus is via the ears and the mind.  It's still possible to be annoyed by eccentricity.  I hate those "little girl" voiced singers who whisper into the mic.  It seems to be the style now for women. 

Chris Campbell

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Sightings / Re: Steelman Record Player
« on: May 18, 2018, 06:46:51 PM »
The wimpy brother lives in Wyoming, a place he loves, and spends lots of time outdoors, which suits him just fine. 

The saddest people are those with nothing that interests them. It puzzles me how people can get that way. This world is such a fascinating place.  My Dad wasn't the wealthiest guy in his line of work, but he enjoyed what he did and loved longer than most of his friends who made more money.  He squandered lots of time on us kids, something we didn't really appreciate until we were older.

I've never had a pension plan so I've been contributing to IRAs and a 401(k) for a long time.  Now I count how many years are behind me and how many are in front, likely, and it looks like it's time to spend some unless I want the relatives to inherit it.  So I'll probably hire somebody to advise me on the Chevy (!!) and then look around for a body shop willing to tackle the '38 Buick in a good-enough kind of way.  It's still a little scary to wonder how much to save and how much to spend, which is another incentive to keep working. 

Chris Campbell

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Sightings / Re: Steelman Record Player
« on: May 17, 2018, 09:06:02 PM »
You should hurry up and retire.  I recommend it, that way you have time for all those things sitting in the garage.   ::)

Bill

I have finally figured out how to do my job, and it seems a shame to quit now that it's a lot easier.  Plus I work with good people.  Plus I get paid my full salary PLUS I'm getting full Social Security, the most I can get because I waited until 70, PLUS I have mandatory minimum withdrawals from my retirement plans, and gee whiz, I'm rich!!!  That means I can support my bad habits like boats, cars, and old radios.  Oh, and did I add that I can regard my retired younger brother as some sort of wimp?

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

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Motorola / Re: 1961 MOTOROLA DREXEL SK76WA CONSOLE FIND
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:54:40 PM »
Tbat's a very handsome device. Send along some photos of the electronics when you have time.

Chris Campbell

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I have been getting by using gasoline with ethanol in it.  That is all you can get in AZ.  I use Sta-Bil in every drop of gas I burn in AZ, particularly in the Buick.  The Mini does not care, as long as you get 91 octane, which is 60 cents higher a gallon.  ::)

I have not had any problems with fuel with ethanol in my small engines.  I may try some gas with no ethanol one of these days.  I am a big believer in Sta-Bil.   ;)

I burn ethanol gas in my modern vehicles.  They get used enough (except for the Mustang in the winter) to keep the fuel turning over.  It's the longer-term storage when the damned stuff comes apart.  And some older engines cannot tolerate the ethanol in hoses and seals, as noted.  My outboards get used very little, but you've gotta have gas for when they are needed, so the gas just sits there.  That's when it separate out and the ethanol absorbs water and the steel starts rusting.

Tonight I cut my grass for the first time. I had last year's ethanol gas.  It started and ran, then had a snit for a minute or two after running for ten minutes.  I'm guessing I had some sort of phase separation or maybe a bit of water. 

Chris Campbell

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Sightings / Re: Steelman Record Player
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:56:08 PM »
Yeah, as I recall.  My AA-100 is one of those someday-in-retirement projects. 

Chris Campbell

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Tube Consoles / Re: What tubes do you hoard?
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:54:25 PM »
Some old Fisher power amps used 5V3 rectifiers and EL37 outputs. They were in some Fisher Presidents. Their FM tuners sometimes had 6CW4s Nuvistors as RF amplifiers and converters.

I found out about the Fisher use of Nuvistors by experience. A great curbside find a few years back was a Fisher 600-T (for Transistor!!) receiver.  I hauled it home and plugged it in, expecting it to fire right up--being solid-state and all.  But... nothing at all on FM.  So I started rocking switches and tapping on things and then the FM signal gradually became audible.  I looked inside and figured it out.  It's all transistors EXCEPT for those front-end Nuvistors, and it took a few moments for them to warm up. 

Chris Campbell

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