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« : April 04, 2021, 09:54:49 AM »
Happy Easter everyone.  We have a beautiful sunny and warming up day here in West Michigan. Is everyone doing an Easter Egg hunt?  :) :)


Chat / Computer help for Greg.
« : March 19, 2021, 02:12:27 PM »
Greg (electra225) sent me an email asking me to post this message for him.  He needs help, his old computer finally give up the ghost and they had to purchase a new one.  I know it's a HP desk-top and it has Windows 10.  He said he has everything working, or hopes it is, except the forum is not functioning correctly.  What he can't do is post on the forum. He can look at everything but the little almost invisible boxes are gone.  They were there on the old computer, it was Windows 7.  And we all know it worked because he started this thread.  Does anyone have any idea where the little box went?  What would Windows 10 have that might block the boxes?  I'm typing on Windows 10 right now and I have the boxes.  Maybe something he did, or did not do to make it recognize the boxes?  If anyone has any ideas please post here in the forum and maybe we can get Greg back up and running. 

Thank you,
Bill for Greg

Wanted / Maggie volume control
« : March 14, 2021, 06:39:39 PM »
I'm in a pickle, I need a volume pot for a Magnavox Imperial.  Much to my dismay, and after a lot of doubt, I finally decided that the volume pot was bad.  I finally opened it up, and found absolutely no carbon.  I have no idea where it went, but it was gone.  This is a double volume pot.  1 meg in value with a 90K back tap.  Magnavox part number: 220151-32.  It also has Mallory part numbers listed in the Sam's, FB16T15 probably front section, RU16T15 probably rear section and this number CS3500.  The EIA code is 137 which is CTS and a build date 6135.  If anyone has any info where I might find said volume pot I would appreciate it. 

Thanks, Bill

Cabinets, Cloth, Finishes / Tolex
« : March 12, 2021, 12:46:40 PM »
I just finished recapping a Phonola multichannel portable stereo.  A friend gave it to me and I finally decided to finish the project.  I had already went thru the changer and installed a new cartridge sometime ago. This portable only has two tubes.  Both are output 50EH5's and they feed three speakers.  There is no preamp tube or rectifier tube, and it actually sounds pretty good.  So my question is:  The Tolex is in pretty good shape, just kind of looks discolored and there are a few stains.  I have tried several things to try and make it look better but have not had much luck so far.  Does anyone have any suggestions, something they use to make Tolex look more like new?  The last thing I tried was GOJO, it did the best job of getting the dirt out but nothing for the discolor or stain.

Thanks in advance!

Sightings / Pilot console stereo
« : February 05, 2021, 06:34:59 AM »
I spotted this Pilot console stereo and thought I would share.  It's one of the nicer looking units on Craig's list right now.


Sightings / Craig's list find.
« : January 29, 2021, 07:05:01 AM »
Spotted this on Craig's List and thought I would share.   I kind of reminds me a little of a Magnavox with the controls in the front. 


Record Changer Repair and Restoration / RCA 45 Changer
« : January 21, 2021, 03:56:22 PM »
I need some help with a RCA 45 changer and I'm hoping someone out there might have the answer.  I have had this RCA 45 changer (45-J-2) kicking around for several years and a couple of weeks ago I decided to overhaul it.  I ordered new motor mounts, cartridge, and both drive tires from Gary at VM.  I did a total take apart, clean, and then lubed what was shown in my manual.  After assembling it, and doing the proper adjusting per the RCA service manual I have, I gave it a road test.  I worked but still needed some fine tuning to get the tone arm to land correctly.  Once that was done, it seemed to work just fine.  I put on about 8 records and the changer played side one of all the record great.  I then flipped the records over and started playing side two.  It dropped the first record and played it, and then it started acting up.  Record number 2 started to play, maybe about two revolutions of the record and it rejected and started playing record number 3.  Same thing, it just started playing record number 3 and it rejected and started playing number 4.  That record played all the way thru and then went to record 5 which played about two revolutions and then rejected.  It kept on screwing up until all the records had cycled thru.  What the heck!  I pulled the records off the changer, install 8 new records and started over.  It did the same thing, it might play a record just fine, or it might start the rejecting thing.  Frustrated, I decided to look into it the next day.  Again, I put on 8 records and it played the first side just fine.  I turned them over and it started screwing up.  Again, I walked away and tried again the next day.  Same thing, first side played just fine, the second and all records after that played randomly.  One might work fine, the next would reject and it might continue rejecting until the whole stack was done.  So now I'm thinking this has something to do with heat.  After the unit warms up, it starts to act up.  I opened it up, looked everything over and really could not see anything wrong.  I know I must have things assembled and adjusted correctly or the first side would not play correctly.  Does anyone have any ideas what/why heat/warming up makes this changer act up?   I have done some research on line but have not found anything that really pertains to this problem.  This is a RP198 Changer.   Thanks in advance.  Bill

Chat / test post!
« : January 10, 2021, 07:33:09 PM »
Just a test to see if I have the correct box for a new post!

Sightings / RCA record player
« : October 18, 2020, 07:46:57 AM »

Sightings / RCA deluxe table radio.
« : April 25, 2020, 11:52:10 AM »
Here's another one.  It's been on there for a month and it started out at $150.00.  It was RCA's top of the line


Sightings / Magnavox console
« : April 25, 2020, 11:49:45 AM »
Spotted this on Craig's list.....and it's free!  I wish I lived closer.  :(


Sightings / Aux speaker
« : April 15, 2020, 03:45:23 PM »
Here's something else I spotted.  It's Motorola, not Magnavox like the ad states. 


Sightings / Magnavox
« : April 15, 2020, 03:37:03 PM »
I spotted this one on Craig's List.  It needs some attention, but the price is right.


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