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Sightings / Re: Blonde Magnavox
« on: February 19, 2019, 02:38:45 PM »
See below a Magnavox Stereo-rama I have in Mahogany, 1ST202F. It has a Collaro record changer with an EV-26 cartridge, an AMP-185 7025 pre-amp tubes stereo PP 6V6 and the most plain controls ever.

I think the cabinet look and functional design of the record compartment caused a wacky speaker set-up as a compromise. At least the MF and HF cones face front, though in different positions.

The photo-finish is paint-on, not real wood. It has many fleabites but cloth is clean.
I plan to be restoring it to sell and if it sounds like my 1960 1ST208, it should impress almost anyone remotely interested in a console.

Console Tales / Re: 1968 Zenith Stereo Theater Console TV
« on: February 19, 2019, 09:27:24 AM »
That Zenith combination is a space-command (remote) model, possibly the TOTL and likely with the "140-watt" SS receiver. $200 working price is grand
I have a 1966 Combo with the standard Zenith TV control panel used for that year, with the pull-on volume sticking out of the UHF selector. Its over 6 feet long, so I'm sure Roger is not interested in it :D. I have only 3 Grundig table radios stacked on mine tho :o

But I have noted Firedome's specs, and may find a working set for the dresser. Zeniths of this vintage (1966-69) were being traded in or put at the curb, often working but in need of attention, when I was starting out with TVs in my teens. Zenith sets could present more puzzling symptoms due to the more sophisticated engineering employed in their circuit designs. I actually learned on simple sets like GE and Philco. Fact is, once you got a Zenith fixed, they kept going several more years. Perfect for re-selling to customers for $100 or so, when a new console (maybe with remote) was $500 or more.

Working in the TV shop would net a junior tech like me $5 an hour in the early 80's so I continued my side business at home. I had an understanding employer who sold me the parts at wholesale, knowing I was only competing if he could sell used stuff to often cash-strapped customers.
I sold many a Zenith in the local rag paper and the hardest part was directing customers to our rural home to see them. What really made my day was when I would run into someone who said a set I sold them was still going ;D

Nuvistors were used in the HH Scott 344, the FETs were used in the 344B. I have both examples but have not tried the 344. The 344B was a great FM receiver, pulling in the weakest of desired stations with a minimal antenna. That is something that the Japanese could not quite match in the 1970s, IMAO.

Fisher / Re: Fisher in the Wild?
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:30:56 AM »
Did the Bullitt Mustang have a 428 CJ or SCJ engine?

I think the 1968 model year had the most engine options, 200-I6, 289-2v, 302-4v, and like the '67's , FE block 390 and 427 BB was available.

I had a 1968 coupe with the 289-2V and C4 cruis-o-matic, after the 4-barrel 289 225 hp and 271hp was discontinued.

Despite its modest engine and high-geared open rear, it was a great cruiser for a 19 year-old me who had limited gas funds.

Introductions / Re: New From Houston
« on: February 14, 2019, 10:28:12 AM »
welcome Steve!

That may be a 1948. I have a '48 Model 306 which is waiting patiently for a spot in our living room. The wood on these was stunning and Drexel was who made the cabinet. Mine has a Webcor 33-78 rpm changer with a crystal cartridge with a manual reject button o n the radio's control panel.

I wish you an easy restoration on your pretty Windsor (Imperial-right ?). My "little Maggie" Berkeley (AM-SW) was on one chassis, crowded as can be but still easy to recap, going on 4 years now. I use it monthly and I considered it practice for the more-involved Windsor that has separate receiver and amp chassis. It may someday travel up to the family hunting cabin in NE PA. The shortwave on these post-war receivers is exceptional due to the sharp-tune filter selector, and to be in a rural area without much interference would be ideal.

Found a pic on pinterest

Sure thing Roger. The check will be in the mail ;) Now I will need to confront repair of two Garrard "A" turntables in Fisher sets

My Fisher collection can increase by one but I must sell two others to maintain ZPG (zero pop. growth) of consoles. Once I "recap as needed" a '67 Custom Electra X and '67 Statesman, I am pretty confident I can sell them with their working Dual 1010 record changers.

Fisher must have switched to Dual of West Germany for the SS models. I am VERY familiar with Dual, so repairs are probably routine re-soldering of cartridge headshell wiring, new belt, cleaning and lube.

The Warwick is apparently a "step-back" version of my 1964 Ambassador A-69, but in a pretty (by today standards) Walnut cabinet. The A-69 is FP style of average quality, which cost extra. Every Haus Frau  had a style to match.

The only difference I can see from the Fisher site is the amp chassis. Ambassador's 690A is rated for 75 watts, Warwick's 49A is rated for 50 watts, but the speakers are identical.

RCA / Re: RCA victor 1VF507
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:41:23 AM »
I have to agree the plastic knobs RCA used were especially awful in comparison to Motorola, which had mostly metal knobs in this golden era.
I have found some NOS replacements which are not yellow at all. ???

Sightings / Re: Westinghouse console
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:07:44 AM »
Not a bad looker, and with a little cleaning/polishing....


Exactly what I did last Friday when I picked it up ???, I just had to clean it up as soon as it came back to my shop for $40. I was impressed it had some interesting documentation. It had lived in the residence that was part of a long-time Chrysler-Plymouth Dealer. And of course, it was bought via a Westinghouse Appliance dealer, probably one of a handful sold.

It was not the cheapest console Westy sold though because the V-M 1241 record changer has a Sonotone cart. The cheapest westy stereo console used two 35EH5 output tubes.

The original owner's grandson had moved it a few times but it was dry (a rare blessing here in the moldy-soggy NE) there is a wood-bruise on the top at edge where something heavy must have come down on it. Also the grill cloth is pretty dull and has a hole or two but I have a replacement ready for it.

I'm probably the only one curious enough to be working on a Westy, so let's move this thread to "other tube hifi brands" before posting some pictures. ;)

Sightings / Re: Westinghouse console
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:39:47 AM »
The 7591's had 6-V filaments and could handle 300-450v on the plate, so were a step above the 7695.

This console has no power transformer. The 7695's have 50 volt heaters, and in series with the 7025's, which have pins 4 and 5 tied for 6.3v/300 ma operation.

Sylvania sure had the design engineering to back up their products.

Imagine them writing specs for the hi-fi equipment.

That receiver Steve posted has a part number for everything.

Other Tube Console Brands / Re: Bradford console?
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:21:30 AM »
I learned the W-G was Airline only recently. There were few Montgomery Wards locally, and very few Airline antiques around here. A friend of mine from lower Delmarva traded me a Airline AM-SW console from the W-G factory, post-war. I had several GE consoles and traded a 1939 GE for it.

Having seen many a Silvertone and non-import Sears-branded set 40+ years ago, I always thought they were unlike the others and then learned of Warwick from Chicago.

Chat / Re: The old GE radio
« on: February 08, 2019, 02:00:13 PM »
Check all your coils/transformers for continuity. Most of the tough dog problems I encounter in 1930s radios are due to an "open" somewhere that does not always cause a hard failure. Fortunately, the coil forms from this era are large with slack in the windings and easier to perform surgery on.

Chat / Re: On the subject of appliances....
« on: February 08, 2019, 01:55:36 PM »
Looks like new (of course, she was German, like so many Baltimoreans).
My MIL is from Baltimore and yes, it was loaded with folks from the fatherland.

I have mom's mixmaster from 1959 and I had to clean it out real good and put on a new cord. I use it and a Westinghouse had-held mixer mom got in the late 60s with a manufaturer's coupon. Our toaster is an Arvin, likely post-war.

Sightings / Re: Westinghouse console
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:59:41 AM »
I called the seller and he took a picture of the model label. H-P1800 is the "contemporary walnut" version, which is the best choice in my opinion. Like GE, all the model numbers are listed. If this is the only Westinghouse I get, its a common one, unlike there one I posted a while back with PP 6BQ5 stereo, which sold for about 4x what I plan to offer for this one. 

I looked up the schematic in Sams, and the amp is single-ended 7695 outputs and 7025 pre-amps. . The b-plus voltage is only 140 volts, so this is a light-weight amp. The single 12" LF speaker is driven from a third transformer, connected across the L and R channels. I had a Philco of the same vintage that was the same config using 6BQ5 SE.

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