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Chat / Gratitude for civility
« on: August 01, 2017, 09:15:27 PM »
Hey, just a note to say that visiting this group is always fun.  In part, it's just because I like old  electronics, and especially the kind that makes music.

But the other good thing is that we're all polite and tolerant.  I'm pretty sure that if we polled all participants, we would find a wide range of political opinions, religious beliefs, and Very Firm Views.  But nobody here gets into those things that make for big fights, and better still, nobody insists that his or her own views on electronics, engineering, or repair technique are the only correct ones.  There are some groups where the people with Very Firm Views regularly denounce all who disagree as fools or idiots.  It doesn't make for an interesting exchange of information.

Bear in mind that I agree with George Carlin, who said that everybody who drives slower than he does is a moron, and everybody who drives faster is an idiot.  But I have learned to keep my views of driving technique to myself, mostly.

Chris Campbell

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Chat / Stop me before I do it again!!!
« on: July 27, 2017, 08:19:40 PM »
There's one born every minute, or at least there was back around the time I was born.  I'm on our local "freecycle" list, mostly so I can give away stuff that I don't want but somebody else might.  But from time to time something catches my eye.  Tonight I drove out to lay claim to a mid-30s GE console radio, an E-86.  It was sort of their middle range radio--tuned RF stage, 12" speaker, but single-ended audio output (6L6, so it's not too wimpy).  There's some peeling veneer, but like any addict, I just can't resist these orphan electronics.  I managed to squeeze it into the garage (barely), but I really need to win the lottery and acquire some proper storage space.

Chris Campbell

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Music / First LP
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:40:23 PM »
I was hauling along on my daily after-work walking route today and for some reason found myself whistling a familiar tune.  Hey, it was from an LP by the Dukes of Dixieland.  And then I remembered that their "Curtain Going Up" LP was the first one I had ever bought.  One day when I was in high school--1965 or earlier--I was in the cafeteria for lunch and there was some great music playing over the PA system.  I went back and asked the cafeteria ladies what it was.  The manager took me back to where the equipment was--Garrard RC-80 or -88 changer, a Heath A-9 amp--and looked.  Dukes of Dixieland.  I wrote the numbers down and ordered it at the record store.  Remember those?  They were places where you could walk in and look at records, maybe buy some.  What a great concept.  And I still have the LP (of course).

Chris Campbell

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Chat / Capacitors on sale
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:22:39 PM »
I notice that Antique Electronic Supply has 600 V "orange drop" polyester capacitors on sale.  https://www.tubesandmore.com/products/clearance-sale

I didn't compare prices.

Chris Campbell

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Chat / Car storage
« on: July 23, 2017, 11:05:49 PM »
I know we have at least a couple guys with old cars here.  Maybe somebody has ideas for how to seek out new storage.  I've got a '65 Olds Starfire that's being evicted from its long-term storage spot.  It has been in a clean, dry, insulated barn.  The owner was a retired farmer.  His son is getting out of the storage business--the township raised his taxes because it's now a "commercial" and not an "agricultural" use.

I've tried Craigslist--not much--and am asking everybody I know locally.  Maybe somebody has advice on search techniques?

Chris Campbell

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Chat / 1960s TV photos
« on: July 07, 2017, 12:02:08 AM »
The New York Times had an article on a photographer's collection of photos of 1960s TV sets.  The photographer was being artistic but most of us will be interested in the TVs themselves.  I'll post a link.  At the top is a photo and in the bottom left corner of it you can click on "View slide show" to see 15 images.  Use the arrows at the bottom right of each image to move to the next.

https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/07/03/lee-friedlanders-photos-of-1960s-t-v-sets/?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Hidden&moduleDetail=inside-nyt-region-8&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region&_r=0

Chris Campbell

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Wanted / Battery jar
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:56:17 PM »
My aunt in Alabama is looking for a battery jar, one of the big 12" high rectangular ones.  If anybody has a lead, let me know.  I found one but its price is similar to the "I'm gonna get rich" pricing of some of the consoles.

Chris Campbell

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Sightings / Ca. 1942 Zenith console
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:54:04 PM »
OK, I'll mention this just in case there are Zenith fanatics filling in empty spaces in their collections.  I was wandering a big antiques mall on Sunday, looking for a battery jar for my aunt, and came upon about a 1942 Zenith radio/phono console.  It's a "shutter dial" model.  The original 78 rpm changer has been replaced with a newer, multi-speed Knight changer.  The original field coil speaker apparently lost its voice coil, so the field coil is mounted on the baffle to continue providing choke services, and so is the output transformer.  There's a PM 12" speaker added.

The radio has AM, SW, and pre-war FM bands.   The case is mahogany.  It's located in Bay City,MI and I can provide details f anybody is interested.

Chris Campbell

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Chat / Vroom, vroom
« on: April 14, 2017, 03:31:29 PM »
Today I had half a day off, and the sun was shining, and the temp was in the 60s... time to get the Mustang out!  So first I rolled out the Magnavox Provincial Serenade, which lives behind the Mustang, and the 1955 Evinrude Fastwin 15, and the old Dutch bicycle. 

Last year, the battery was a bit fatigued and the system voltage dropped so low on starting that the radio lost all its presets.  It's a Pioneer aftermarket device with all sorts of bad habits.  Like, when it loses presets it goes into "demo mode."  Worse, when it's in "demo mode," it's always on, even when the ignition is off (what brilliant engineer thought of that trick?) so it runs the battery down when you're not looking.  You have to go through the complex process of getting out of "demo mode." 

This year I climbed in, turned the key to the first detent so the electric fuel pump would run and build pressure.  Whirrr...stop.  Then I clicked it one more over into the start position.  The starter stumbled for half a second, cranked the engine, it fired and ran on all cylinders (no missing).  That's a first after sitting all winter.  Better still, the radio didn't opt for the stupid "demo mode" so all was well.  Then I pulled out of the garage and turned down the alley.  The clutch chattered a bit as it always does after sitting all winter (moisture?  Maybe a bit of rust?).  Off we went for an 18-mile loop just to get things stirred up.

Then back into the garage, followed by the Magnavox, the outboard, and the bike.  Rain tonight.

Chris Campbell

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Music / More LPs
« on: April 11, 2017, 08:58:47 PM »
My work takes me into neighboring counties and there's a Goodwill store on my route home from one.  I stopped in today to check out the LPs and CDs.  Today's haul included three Command LPs recorded on 35 mm film.  All three were engineered by Robert Fine.  He's the guy who made the classic Mercury Living Presence/Living Stereo orchestral recordings in the late '50s and '60s.  Of the new LPs, one is Enoch Light's prchestra playing Irving Berlin tunes in a Carnegie Hall concert; one is Light playing movie themes, and the third is the last performance on the Paramount Theater organ in New York.  I've haven't listened yet--FM radio program on right now; will check 'em out later.  Also bought several other movie music LPs.  I have a weakness for movie music.

Chris Campbell

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Chat / Sympathy?
« on: April 06, 2017, 07:44:06 PM »
OK, I have the sense that there are a few other old farts in this group, so maybe I can get some sympathy.  I just finished applying online for my Social Security benefits.  I turn 70 in June, so delaying won't get me any more money but it will cost me if I miss some months.  It's like making a doctor's appointment--easy to put off ( and out of mind).  Hitting "send" on that application made me feel really elderly.  Maybe I should buy a cane or hearing aids?  My commute to work today was by bicycle, as it is almost every day, so maybe there's hope still.  It's always shocking to look in the mirror in the morning because the face that looks back at me doesn't match the age I feel.  There was one of those online sayings the other day-"I knew I'd get old. I just didn't realize it would happen so quickly."  Social Security!!??  It's for old people!!

Chris Campbell

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Chat / High fidelity (visual)
« on: March 31, 2017, 06:36:46 PM »
I woke up Thursday morning to some sort of odd sound from somewhere in my house.  It was like when the little boiler keeps trying to ignite, but louder. Maybe another dead mouse in the flue gas exhaust fan? A strange noise is always bad news.  So I put my robe on and wandered into the basement... boiler OK, flue not especially hot, so it's not that.  Looked outside to see if they were doing maintenance on the house next door.  Nope.  And then I saw it.  A robin was attacking my bathroom window.  He was seeing himself, and lacking the human capability of recognizing individuals, he assumed it was a rival robin.  He's been at it ever since--as I type this, in fact.  Guess the image he sees is realistic enough for his little brain.  That's hi-fi, folks.

Chris Campbell

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Chat / Hardy northerners vs wimy southerners, continued
« on: March 27, 2017, 08:38:10 PM »
OK, spring is within a stone's throw up here in snow country, and it's getting to be the season when I drive 145 mi. one way on weekends to get the elderly sailboat ready for the summer on weekends.  So with April just a couple days away, I decided to throw all caution to the winds and take the snow tires off the faithful red truck.  In the fall, I replace the rears with the snow tires.  In the spring, when the weather is usually better, I rotate.  Fronts off.  Former rears that have lived in the garage all winter, on the front.  Snow tires off; former fronts replace them on the rear.  Once a year, fronts and rears get exchanged that way.  After that I head for the gas station to pump everything up to proper pressure. 

All went well until I got to the gas station.  I filled the snow tires, lying in the bed.  They have aluminum wheels, and one is a bit porous and needs air more often than the other.  Then the fronts.  Next to the back.  First tire, OK.  Next one, whoops, why is it hissing at me when I put the air hose on it?  Wiggle wiggle.  Why does it hiss at me when I wiggle the valve stem?  Oh, s__t.  The stem is broken.  The floor jack and my wrenches are  at home.  The truck's jack and wrench are all behind the seat.  It's dark and I'm hungry. What to do?  I wedged the plastic lid of a gas-station coffee cup to hold the stem in the non-hiss position and headed for home. 

And I actually made it.  The tire was a bit low, but centrifugal force held it in the non-hiss position when it spun, even after the coffee cup lid blew away.  So I got home and got out the floor jack and the wrench and tried to jack it up.  But by now the floor jack was low on hydraulic fluid and wouldn't get the tire high enough.   @#^%$**!!!   And *&^%$!!!  But I stuck a 2x10 under the jack and got the tire high enough and put a snow tire back on.  It's enough to make me almost jealous of you guys in sunshine land.  Almost.

Chris Campbell

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Music / Sunday night music
« on: March 26, 2017, 08:15:20 PM »
Sunday night is my roots and blues night.  The local public radio station plays "Amrican Routes," the wonderful program with Nick Spitzer from Louisiana, and then at 8 it's three hours of the blues with Robert Barclay, "The Duke of Juke."  He's been doing this as a volunteer for 32 years (!!).  If you want to listen, go online and search for WCMU.

Chris Campbell

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Music / Chuck Berrry documentary
« on: March 26, 2017, 02:05:35 PM »
Last night our smaller downtown theater, one of the two that Micheal Moore's film festival has created or renovated, had a listing for 11:30 p.m.--"Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll," a documentary of a Chuck Berry 60th birthday concert in St. Louis.  11:30 p.m.?  But what the hell, its Saturday night, and he only other film showing is some Disney remake (no, thank you). So off I go in the rain to the movies.

It was apparently organized by Keith Richards, who plays in it.  We also see a bit of Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Etta James, and Linda Ronstadt performing, and interviews with Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothes, and Roy Orbison.  The live performances were high-energy and creative versions of Berry's vast output.  We get a bit of insight into Berry's life, showing us some bitterness and regret.  But we also see a guy who was leaping around onstage at age 60 as though he were 25.  We were seeing a projection on the big screen of the DVD.  The video quality was a bit compromised (it was filmed in Panavision but we didn't see film) but the sound from the big theater system was good. You should be able to find it if you want to see Chuck Berry and others.

Chris Campbell

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