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Phonographs / RCA - RP224 no shutoff
« on: December 03, 2018, 02:25:02 PM »
It is in a friend's portable VJP-98, now it won't shut off. I just fully disassembled, cleaned and restored. 8) The amp/speakers/etc was in sam's 950, which I copied for him as a "manual" of sorts.

I was playing this portable a week ago, with some RCA dynagroove Christmas collection LPs, and my daughter was getting a kick out of the changer action ;D BUT seriously its only got a very tame 4-watt (yes-total) stereo amp.

I had put a Pfanstiehl 648-DS in it besides the full re-cap and it sounded nice and mellow as it did when new. I have to give it back, though the heaviness of this Victrola portable will not be forgotten. ;)

The end of record shutoff is not operating though it starts, runs and rejects as it should. I disassembled the little clutch associated with the run-out groove and cleaned it to no avail. :-[

He will pick it up soon, I let him know he would have to manually reject at end of each record, not a deal-breaker.

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RCA / Re: RCA model VCR-45 now in downloads
« on: December 03, 2018, 12:14:06 PM »
Bill,  I had to share this. It covers a lot of models. There are two amps that are included plus reverb! http://vintagehifi.net/index.php?action=dldir;sa=details;lid=304

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Phonographs / Re: Collaro turntable
« on: November 26, 2018, 11:12:21 AM »
Chris,  I do all that and more ;) including the abusive commands. When that fails, I get another (working if Im lucky) changer and study the heck out of both, for a short times over several days.

Mel, I find that by manually spinning the platter and initiating functions, one gets hung up or misses tripping something the working player does. It takes a lot of patience to be sure. My only working Collaro Conquest, in a 1960 Maggie plays fine, manually but there is NO automatic action right now. I just wanted this console in the house and playing 2 years ago next month, I just never addressed this lingering bug or the scratchy-tuning FM.

I have possibly 3 more Collaro's to study, hoping at least one of those sets a good example ::)

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Sightings / Re: RCA Victor 1968? - PA
« on: November 26, 2018, 10:55:36 AM »
Larry, 
Funny thing about this changer you posted , it looks identical to one I just repaired in a friend's portable VJP-98.  8) The amp/speakers/etc was in sam's 950, which I copied for him as a "manual" of sorts. I was playing his portable last night with some RCA dynagroove  Christmas collection LPs, and my daughter was getting a kick out of the music and changer action ;D but seriously its only got a very tame 4-watt (yes-total) stereo amp. I had put a Pfanstiehl 648-DS in it besides the full re-cap and it sounded nice and mellow as it did when new. I have to give it back, though the heaviness of this Victrola portable will not be forgotten. ;)

The end of record shutoff is not operating though it starts, runs and rejects as it should. I disassembled the little clutch associated with the run-out groove and cleaned it to no avail. :-[ I have it with me today, I figured he would have to manually reject at end of each record, not a deal-breaker.

Now this solid state console/beast is of the same time as the portable and is covered in Sams 981, a schematic which I have been drooling over, due to all the transistors in the preamp and tuner-IF stages. 



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Other Tube Console Brands / Re: GE model RM3100
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:21:03 AM »
Yes, do a search by chassis number if it is stamped on the chassis box.

There is a GE RC3100 in Sams at 646-7 from 1963.

You gave us no info on the amp, so that would help.
Post photos of it, with pertinent amp info.
HFF

Larry, I have that SAMS if you don't, scanning is not so easy these days. The GE I just picked up and another I got 6 months ago really have very different amps, but share VM 1200 series record players. I have not got into either one yet. :-[ I'm doing my RCA tube and Fisher SS consolesthis dark season.

One AMP is SE 6AQ5 and 12AX7 and the other PP 7355, perhaps a hotter version of 6V6 . Both AMPS are on PC boards, like only GE would do :-\, meaning a playdate with the soldering iron is necessary, using 18-ga. bare wire to lifted traces and tube socket pins.

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RCA Solid State Discussion / 1967 RCA Victor VJT-76W
« on: November 21, 2018, 03:33:47 PM »
Just picked this up. What a heavy beast. More photos when I open it up. Power rated at 500 watts? Got the 1967 full line brochure too. Need to scan that for downloads.

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Console Tales / 1962 General Electric TV-HiFi model M781WWD
« on: November 21, 2018, 03:21:27 PM »
When I picked up the RCA VJT76, I was told there was another stereo upstairs with a TV in it. Both were leftover from an estate sale and in a big, old, awesome and original farmhouse. The owners passed away and the next door neighbor bought the place to fix up as a BnB, so he wanted these gone! The price was unbeatable at $25 each!

Imagine my surprise to find an all-tube GE console with a 1974 Philco 19" "BOSS" chassis color TV retrofitted into it. It was no hack job either! A shop I worked in did this to many RCA and Magnavox combos using a 25" colortrak 2000, when the tube color chassis was no longer worth new CRT, etc.
My guess is that the 23" BW TV needed a CRT and the HiFi was too good and attractive to say good bye to.

I will post photos in "Tube Consoles - other makes" as I get it open. The Sams shows a PP 7355 tube amp, separate preamp, MPX and tuner chassis which was a good bit better than what GE put in most of their value sets.

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Console Tales / Re: Console Obsession - how did it start for you?
« on: November 21, 2018, 02:12:32 PM »
Hermit, Shopping with the folks when spending for a big item was fun. I think the model number of an RCA combo for 1968 would begin with HK. Here is a bad picture of a 1967 model.

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Other Solid State Console Brands / Re: Sylvania
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:18:18 AM »
Maybe lacquer thinner could dissolve the glue. Is it in wood or in the speaker board?

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Phonographs / Re: Collaro turntable
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:08:23 AM »
I have a 1967 Micromatic W620 that does this too, but tone arm taps the record - then goes to rest before it shuts off. If I find out what is out of whack, Ill post it here.

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Sightings / Re: RCA Victor 1968? - PA
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:00:12 AM »
It looks close to the changer on a portable Victrola I just restored for a friend, without the strobe window and a more standard RCA tonearm.

I plan to pick it up later today, so I decided to part out this VLT51 http://vintagehifi.net/index.php/topic,1423.0.html because the cabinet is missing its lid and is in rough shape overall. Both this and that are a similar "Finlandia-inspired" cabinet but VLT-51 is mid-priced.

I also will donate a 1969 Magnavox astrosonic 30 (Hancock model 3622) I restored to Habitat Restore, who is just not getting many consoles this year. They were excited when I told them I was bringing it over before I pick up the RCA:)

Most RCA's of this vintage have a more standard 20-30 watt chassis and their usual controls. I wanted one of the more expensive solid state RCA consoles anyway. The penny IS a nice touch Ed!

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Sightings / RCA Victor 1968? - PA
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:56:27 AM »
This is pretty local for me, and after I saw the phonograph picture, I realized it is a more expensive model. https://lancaster.craigslist.org/ele/d/vintage-console-stereo/6733298878.html

It would be nice to get some Victrola Brochures in Downloads so we can look these up. The style is not unlike a VLT-51W I have already but the receiver and changer are different.


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I think the grommets for yours are the conical ones for the tapered motor mount pins, sometimes they disappear like that but more often they're fine. I get my parts from VM and the grommets are a vital part, lasting a few years in my parts drawer before I use them.
I have an RCA RP-215 changer where they are totally gone, and I had some of the straight pin type leftover.

Yes, a Kronborg is the preferred furniture style. I saw a Messina in top condition and with the same 40 watt receiver at SA near work with $39 on it, and it was gone a week later. I really did not need another one tho' ::)

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Sightings / Magnavox Chairside - 1947
« on: November 06, 2018, 10:06:00 AM »
Saw this a while back and thought about getting it. I got a free Zenith X940 with non-operating changer from a retired guy with a shed (refuge workshop) and he still wanted to have a record player. I was thinking of a few un-restored portables I have from late 50's.

Then I saw his collection of older compilations of Swing Era and other legacy records (no 45s) , I figured a Webcor changer and Magnavox 197 AM/SW with 10 watts and a big speaker would be perfect for the shop he has.

I wont do finish work beyond a good scrub-down, the electronics is a snap for me but the changer does not appear to have the pianissimo tone arm like the catalog states ??? 

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Motorola / Re: Help finding information on a Motorola SK71MA console
« on: November 05, 2018, 12:44:29 PM »
How do you recommend I clean the sockets and plugs? Deoxit?

Yes, the plugs and tube pins can be less-expensive contact cleaner but the controls and switches should be DeOxit, as they need a lasting lubricant along with the needed cleaning.

I will look up your tuner but the amp is already in the downloads section http://vintagehifi.net/index.php?action=dldir;sa=details;lid=289

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