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Chat / Mystery Stereo
« on: February 24, 2018, 11:49:12 AM »
Can anyone identify this?  I keep looking at it and can't figure out what it is.  Maybe foreign? 

Thanks,
Bill

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/fuo/d/mid-century-record-player/6477655400.html

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Sightings / RCA HIFI in Michigan
« on: February 24, 2018, 11:34:02 AM »
This has been on Craig's List for about a month in Muskegon Michigan.  Way too much money but nice looking RCA. 

Bill

https://muskegon.craigslist.org/atq/d/rca-victor-radio-phonograph/6470108393.html

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Sightings / Home Theater
« on: January 23, 2018, 08:37:48 AM »
Did anyone see this besides me?  It's in Phoenix!  At first I thought it was a Magnavox but no it's a home theater that I think maybe a Curtis Mathis???   Greg you could have two...one in AZ and one in MS.  I could help as when I arrive?  :)

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/fuo/d/mid-century-record-player/6463705222.html

Bill


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Sightings / Berkshire
« on: January 21, 2018, 09:54:56 AM »
Magnavox Berkshire listed on Craigslist in Midland Michigan.

 kx5qs-6444705022@sale.craigslist.org

Not sure if above link will work, I have never had any luck adding links.  If not go Michigan, Grand Rapids, and type in stereo.  Price $65.00.

Bill

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Music / Christmas Anytime!
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:17:54 PM »
Today as I was doing chores around the house I noticed three albums sitting there that I had not listened to during Christmas.  So instead of just putting them back on the shelf Christmas returned to my house. All three were Theater Pipe Organ recordings, go figure!   One was Dick Leibert at Radio City, one was Dick Leibert at the Alabama Theater, and one was Leon Berry at the Hub Roller Rink.  Actually that one wasn't Christmas but I listened to it anyway.  All three were new recordings to me as I had picked them up this fall at a local antique shop who was just getting their Christmas stuff out which included the records.  Perfect timing!  All three records were in excellent shape which made listening even more enjoyable.  The records are now on the shelf, whether they stay there until next Christmas or not is yet to be determined.  Christmas in music can be anytime the heart desires.  :)

Bill 

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Chat / HAPPY NEW YEAR!
« on: January 01, 2018, 03:04:56 PM »
2018 is officially here!  So a Healthy Happy New Year to everyone!

Bill

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Console Tales / Squash find continued....more pictures
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:10:10 PM »
I see what I did wrong the first time.  Here is all five pictures.

Bill

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Console Tales / My squash find
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:05:24 PM »
 Fall is the time of year for squash so two Sunday's ago I went to my favorite farm for some.  I purchased my usual favorites and one that I had never tried before.  On my way home I passed the big barn antique/junk place and they were open which is not normal, so I stopped and took a looksee.  I walked the whole place not really finding anything that interested me.  I did go through their records and picked out about 20 possibilities.  Not having any money, because I spent it on squash, I set the records aside hoping they would be there the next time I went by and caught them open.  It just so happens that I really like the new squash so this past Sunday I went back for more and again on my way home I passed the same barn and they were open.  I have money this time!!  I headed for my records and out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of something.  Don't know how I missed it before but sitting there back in a dark corner was an RCA Victor model SHC-8 in Maple, sort of.  It was not a pretty sight, as a matter of fact it was really bad.  I raised the lid and sitting on top of the tuner was a large mice nest with 3 dead mice looking up at me.  I took a piece of cardboard and flipped them on the floor so I could see how much damage the nest made.  Other than dirt and some pee stains the top of the tuner looked like it could be saved.  I asked the owner how long it had been there because I did not see before and he said it had been buried for some time.  I missed it the other day because something was sitting in front of it.  He also said there was a speaker that came with it.  I moved some stuff around and sure enough there it sat.  Model SHS-4 in Maple, again sort of.  Both were just covered in filth and the cabinets not very pretty. All the guts were there in both units so that was a plus.  I asked how much and after he thought about I said yes and loaded it up along with my records.  I spent the rest of Sunday afternoon cleaning and scrubbing. I changed my soapy water 4 times before it was no longer black and then a couple of more scrubbings after that.  Now I can see what I really bought.  Again the guts were filthy but did clean up....the cabinets are really, really, bad.  Really BAD!  So that's my find and my story.  I have included pictures after clean up and it now is being stored in my barn, it's mouse free!  ;)  Oh, I ended up with 18 records.

Bill

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Chat / Weller Soldering Iron
« on: November 04, 2017, 12:56:04 PM »
I need some opinions!   So after about 50 years my old Weller Soldering Gun died.  So what do you all have or use?  What do you recommend?  Should I get another Weller, or should I get something of a newer type?  I've always liked the Weller and it served me well but if there is something better I guess I would like to know about it. 

Thanks in advance!

Bill

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Chat / Up north in Michigan
« on: September 08, 2017, 08:28:41 PM »
So I'm just returning after 10 days in upper Michigan. Did my usual Labor Day Bridge Walk. (25th time) For those of you who don't know on Labor Day the Mackinaw Bridge (connects upper and lower Michigan) closes and people are allowed to walk across it. (didn't see you Chris)  The bridge is 5 miles in length but by the time you are done walking it's more like 6 to 7 miles.  Great time and I recommend it to everyone at least once.  Anyway one of the things I do during my time is check out the antique stores, yard sales, thrift stores, junk stores, etc.  Cheboygan Mi. has a store called the Crystal Gate.  I have been there off and on over the years.  One thing they never seem to lack is records.  I always look and usually find something.  This year while checking out I asked the owner just how many records he has.  He said a few years ago he had around 60,000 but his numbers are going down and he is not replenishing.  He still has plenty so if anyone is in Upper Michigan do check out this place.  Over the years I have also found vintage HIFI-Stereo stuff there.  He is usually reasonable priced.  He has a very nice Silvertone tube stereo for $45.00.  Nice cabinet and by the grille cloth has 12" woofers.  There were a couple of vintage floor radios and a vintage home theater.  I guess you never know when or where you will find something.


Bill

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Sightings / Craig's list sighting.
« on: July 25, 2017, 04:01:26 PM »
I was just looking on Craig's List in the Grand Rapids Michigan site and spotted several things that I found interesting.  Take a look......I typed in RADIO and found everything.  You can also type in RECORD PLAYER but more comes up under RADIO.  I'm out of room and also far behind in working on things........... :-\

Bill

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Music / RCA Records
« on: May 09, 2017, 08:15:13 PM »
I have a question.  It's probable a dumb one but I have no clue so I'm asking.

I was at a yard sale the other day and ran across a large selection of records. Naturally I looked and discovered that RCA has more that one color of label one the record.  Does anyone know why?  Is there a difference in quality?  There were red, blue and green.

Thanks,
Bill

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Chat / Voice of Music
« on: June 01, 2016, 09:03:20 PM »
Still poking around on Craig's list and spotted two Voice of Music Stereo's.  One with tuner, one without.  I remember friends of my parents having one and I think it sounded good but that was a long time ago.  The were made in Benton Harbor Michigan and I know there is a web-site devoted to them.  Does anyone have any knowledge of there quality?  How about sound?  Am I remembering correctly? I never hear anyone talking about them on this site. 

Thanks,

Bill

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Sightings / Magnavox
« on: June 01, 2016, 08:36:59 PM »
Still poking around and I spotted this:

http://battlecreek.craigslist.org/ele/5588359676.html

It's in Marshall Michigan. Ad reads:

VERY RARE MAGNAVOX STEREO IN BLOND 50'S CABINET IN GOOD SHAPE. COMPLETE WITH ALL THE TUBE AMPS AND PREAMP/TUNER WITH ALL TUBES INTACT. TURNTABLE IS COMPLETE AND SPINS. THIS UNIT LIGHTS UP BUT DOES NOT PUT OUT SOUND. I AM SCARED TO DO ANY MORE THAN JUST PLUG IT IN. THIS IS A VERY COLLECTABLE UNIT IN THAT IT HAS THE MATCHING SECOND CHANNEL SPEAKER/ RECORD CABINET. I DID CHECK THE SPEAKERS AND THEY CHECKED OUT O.K. FOR IMPEDANCE. MOST GUYS WANT TO TEAR THE POWER AMP OUT AND USE IT SEPARATELY. I HAVE BEEN OFFERED $200.00 FOR THE TUBE AMP. (MODEL 175-67 )----- CALL 269-830-79 SIX FIVE -- NO TEXT PLEASE.

Again sorry that I can't make the pictures attach.

Bill

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Sightings / Stromberg Carlson
« on: June 01, 2016, 08:21:01 PM »
I was poking around Craig's list and came across this. 

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/ele/5608168805.html

Ad reads:
I'm liquidating my neighbors estate. I have an antique Stromberg Carlson Hi-Fi. form the 50s I think. IT WORKS. The turn table turns and the tubes light up and the speakers crackle. It wouldn't take much to make perfect again and worth 20X what I'm asking; $45.00.
 call or text Mitch @ 616-551-7220.

It's located in the Grand Rapids Michigan area.  Sorry I can't seem to attach the pictures.

Bill

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