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Chat / List your other weird "old stuff" hobbies here!
« on: February 22, 2019, 02:22:12 PM »
Besides old cars that many seem to like a lot of us seem to be enamored of other vintage or jst old stuff, through nostalgia, "scientific" interest, or whatever floats one's boat. This could extend to all kinds of things. For me it's vintage appliances, Western Electric telephones, outboard motors, boats, motorcycles, and even traffic lights.

Of the latter I've restored a few signals and have used modern electronics to control them rather than the big mechanical cam pole-mounted units box mounted on the corner guide wire support poles. So I'll start by showing 2 recent ones, all made by Crouse Hinds locally here in Syracuse. They still exist as part of Eaton Corp making lighting and related electrical products.  So here's a few pics of a 1940s C-H Type D 3-light signal and same era 4-way beacon finished up last year, the green "Deco" Type DH signal is completely repainted and operational, the Type D beacon is original paint, which I prefer, but electrically restored and operational.

The year before I restored and since sold a C-H type D single-body 4-way (12 lights RGY) like the old pole mounted ones some of us oldsters remember from the 50s, wii try to find a pic. These are getting really rare.

Show us your other "weird" old stuff related hobbies!

Know there's some old TV guys here too - now that stacking is deemed acceptable by SWMBO, we're looking for 1960 - '70 all-tube chassis TV set in working condition or close, Maple finish or Early American cabinet or other lighter woods in decent condition, similar cabinet style and color to avatar <---- and attached TV examples. Leads and info appreciated!

Sightings / Beauty in Birmingham AL
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:08:38 PM »

Other Tube Console Brands / Unknown console
« on: February 17, 2019, 12:17:15 PM »
I've been offered this unknown (by seller, who says it's inaccessible right now) console, who sent just this one crappy bike-covered pic and a description saying the doors (sort of visible, open) on the sides close to cover the speakers, and the right 2/3rds of the top lifts up to reveal a record changer and AM/FM controls. The center door on the front opens for storage. Says it works well except for the changer. Cabinet looks like a medium-dark wood (cherry?) in a somewhat formal design.  Maybe someone can enlarge the pic? (this computer idiot can't do). He's about 2 hours away and can't get it out of storage until April. Does anyone recognize this one?

Console Tales / 1968 Zenith Stereo Theater Console TV
« on: February 14, 2019, 11:26:26 AM »
A close friend recently got a huge '68 Zenith tube-type color TV-Stereo combination  console...I'll try to get a pic.  This thing is awesome, particularly as the seller had just had it serviced and it works great, and all for $200!

I'd LOVE one of these but no way it'd fit in my dinky house office  But it DID get me to thinking. I've wanted a nice Early American Colonial style maple cabinet tube-type  chassis (preferably) Color TV in a smaller size (not 7 ft long like his!) maplewood cabinet for a long time. I could possibly get a console TV into my office with some rearranging as they are narrower than most stereo consoles. It'd need to be in nice shape and working good, mainly because I'd never get one to work! LOL .  Any suggestions? Ones on eBay a few and far away! A cabinet in style and color like this console <---- in my avatar.

Sale or Trade / FS: SAMS for Magnavox, Zentih RCA consoles
« on: February 10, 2019, 05:04:08 PM »

3 SAMS manuals for consoles: Magnavox, Zenith, RCA

SAMS: $5 each (including mailing).
all 3 SAMS for $10 (including mailing) - don't want to trash these!  Originals, not copies!

RCA consoles SHC7, SHC8, SHP7, SHP8, SHP11, 9T2
       Chassis: RS-171, RS-171a, RC-1155ax, RS-1155b

Magnavox Chassis: 57-10-00/ 12-00/ 12-10/ 16-00/ 21-00/ 23-00/ 23-10

Zenith Consoles: MHT15L/Z, MP500W/Y, MP505W
           chassis: 4K22, 9H20LZ

Found a Fisher locally! 1965 Warwick, Contemporary Walnut, all tube tuner and preamp, separate chassis hybrid amp (4 transistors, rest is tube). Electronics had been removed to replace 2 above chassis can caps (single value), he has the 2 new caps but never done. Working, he ran it (said it was "loud") before removing amp, worked part time at a local radio shop while going to a local Bible college, became a pastor, never finished the cap job. V nice fellow. He had tested all tubes (all present and good), these almost always have Telefunkens throughout, lots of them!  Garrard Type A TT. Cabinet is in very nice condition but is at least 64" long, so total non-starter in my house, and I wouldn't want to hack it up or strip it for tubes.  I expect it can be had for very minimal outlay, probably under 100, maybe considerably less! If anyone is interested let me know and I'll put you in touch - I'm hoping it can be saved, we just don't have the room! Worth a trip!

Wanted / 3 SAMS manuals for consoles: Magnavox, Zenith, RCA
« on: February 09, 2019, 04:00:21 PM »
$5 each (including mailing)
all 3 SAMS for $9 (including mailing) - don't want to trash these!  Originals, not copies:

RCA consoles SHC7, SHC8, SHP7, SHP8, SHP11, 9T2
       Chassis: RS-171, RS-171a, RC-1155ax, RS-1155b

Magnavox Chassis: 57-10-00/ 12-00/ 12-10/ 16-00/ 21-00/ 23-00/ 23-10

Zenith Consoles: MHT15L/Z, MP500W/Y, MP505W
           chassis: 4K22, 9H20LZ

Other Tube Console Brands / What do we know about Clairtone?
« on: February 08, 2019, 05:40:17 PM »
Stumbled across a Model 523 Clairtone, yet to see it or find info. Comments?

My '63 SAMS Index (very handy to have!) has a folder 786-6 folder on it, so I'm guessing hopefully it's tube, but not sure if stereo.

theschematicman doesn't have that folder. Flying blind here as to if it's worth a drive to check it out, the old feller (hey I am one!) did say when I asked if it was longer than it was tall (always question #1) that yes it  was, and it had a record player in it. Clairtone is terra incognita to me... anyone?

Drinking a Manhattan and listening to the "Retro Cocktail Hour" on the FM at the moment, - Les Baxter complete with jungle birdcalls - love it!

Other Tube Console Brands / Bradford console?
« on: February 04, 2019, 01:32:14 PM »
One is nearby, and in a size that might fit my office - only 32". The 50" VoM I thought might be squeezed in currently resides in the garage. Anyone familiar with this brand or model and know what a tube complement might be? My guess is maybe SE 6BQ5, low power is fine for my small space. All being predicated on the seller actually getting reasonable on price - as of now $400!  Pics:

Other Tube Console Brands / vacuum record cleaner in a console??
« on: January 27, 2019, 03:57:47 PM »
Here's something I'd never seen in all these years - a built-in vacuum record cleaner in a console! The "head" unit has a tube that goes down to a collection box, and presumably a motor that's in there as well, kind of ingenious, wonder how well it works. This GE is near me and I'd pick it up just for the novelty but their price is absurd.

Chat / is this the ugliest console ever?
« on: January 27, 2019, 03:47:13 PM »
Packard Bell should hang their head in shame!!  This "thing" shouldn't be viewed by small children or the easily disturbed, I know I am after seeing it!

In comparison the #2 PB console is a paragon of restraint, and it's difficult to believe that the very same company could have created the console in pic #3 just a few short years before! RCA is almost as guilty (pic 4). The bean counters and plastic molders have much to answer for!

Magnificent Magnavox / Maggie Mystery Speaker
« on: January 25, 2019, 12:10:53 PM »
Some years back I picked up several boxes of speakers at a local hamfest, not sure what I was thinking, but iirc the whole box was something like $10; hard to turn down!
Anyhow among the nicer items in there was a pair of 15" woofers that seller told me had come out of a Magnavox console. They're in perfect condition & have quite large AlNiCo magnets, bigger than those you typically see in most consoles. I'm guessing this was not out of one of their famous 3-channel jobs, didn't most of those have only one woofer? (Never seen a 3-channel Maggie in person).

The part number on these is 581-503-1 and a RETMA # starting with 137, that according to my lists corresponds to Chicago Telephone Supply (??). Does anybody have an idea what console these might have been in, and when made?  I've hung onto these for years for some future speaker project that may or may not ever happen, or to replace blown speakers in some yet to be owned console. Wondering if these are worth the space to store any longer,  (see pics)

Sale or Trade / Jazz up your console - improve the speakers big time!
« on: January 25, 2019, 10:27:55 AM »
FS: 1 pair of Electro-Voice SP12b 12" full range speakers, perfect condition, both tested at 11-12 ohms, and sound great, highly efficient and perfect for use in a console! Came out of a pair of locally built kit-plan E-V Aristocrat plywood speaker cabinets in condition too poor to restore, a ported horn design, late '50s, perfect for tubes. Price $125 + ship.

For more pics or if interested please eMail Direct:  firesweep (at) verizon (dot) net
Rger A in NY

Sale or Trade / nice Voice 'o Music 1571 turntable
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:57:32 AM »
Working VOM 1571 turntable, has the 11 inch platter, 45 rpm spindle adapter, very nice condition, has good Astatic 17D cart with flip over Diamond needle (available new for $7), all original so would benefit from the usual clean and lube, this was one of their nicer models so worth the time. Replacing it with a newer Dual.

$35 + transport.
Please let me know here if interested, can take PayPal to Family & Friends,

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