Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - Motorola Minion

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 9
Sightings / Westinghouse console
« on: January 29, 2019, 08:30:26 AM »

This looks tube-era and appears to have one woofer...interesting. You can be sure....

RCA / RCA victor 1VF507
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:21:20 AM »
RCA made some odd cabinets and here is one fine example. I saw this sit on CL just long enough to expire and decided last Friday I needed to make a stop on the way home ::).

I knew from the ad's photo that this was a 1962 or 1963 model. It is not multiplex stereo, nor is it labeled "living stereo", like two 1961 models I have. It also has a 6FG6 linear tuning eye or "beam" replacing the round 6E5 used previously. It does tune AM and FM separately and the selector has a setting for FM-AM for the early "stereophonic simulcast".

The cabinet was originally white but has been refinished inside and out with some stain/varnish. the top is inlaid mosaic tile that is clean and looks to be without cracks in the grout. The grill cloth is white but surprisingly clean so I'm not sure its original. One thing I found upon opening it up was that the record compartment light #12 mini bi-pin lamp, and plastic lamp cover was screwed inside the cabinet and never installed. There is also a plug for reverberation, laying unused.

The best part of this console is it looks like the back was never off and all the tubes are original. There was a version of the PP6BQ5 amp with three identical channels the model year before but this unit is straight 2-channel stereo. The placement of the speakers is very odd and probably hurts the overall stereo imaging. External speakers would have been a great idea but the jumper plugs for the 6 internal speakers look untouched as well.

Sightings / GE white FP console - MD
« on: January 14, 2019, 09:40:33 AM »

Not sure of the RC-xxxx model number but I can tell its tube form 1962

Phonographs / RCA - RP224 no shutoff
« on: December 03, 2018, 02:25:02 PM »
It is in a friend's portable VJP-98, now it won't shut off. I just fully disassembled, cleaned and restored. 8) The amp/speakers/etc was in sam's 950, which I copied for him as a "manual" of sorts.

I was playing this portable a week ago, with some RCA dynagroove Christmas collection LPs, and my daughter was getting a kick out of the changer action ;D BUT seriously its only got a very tame 4-watt (yes-total) stereo amp.

I had put a Pfanstiehl 648-DS in it besides the full re-cap and it sounded nice and mellow as it did when new. I have to give it back, though the heaviness of this Victrola portable will not be forgotten. ;)

The end of record shutoff is not operating though it starts, runs and rejects as it should. I disassembled the little clutch associated with the run-out groove and cleaned it to no avail. :-[

He will pick it up soon, I let him know he would have to manually reject at end of each record, not a deal-breaker.

RCA Solid State Discussion / 1967 RCA Victor VJT-76W
« on: November 21, 2018, 03:33:47 PM »
Just picked this up. What a heavy beast. More photos when I open it up. Power rated at 500 watts? Got the 1967 full line brochure too. Need to scan that for downloads.

Console Tales / 1962 General Electric TV-HiFi model M781WWD
« on: November 21, 2018, 03:21:27 PM »
When I picked up the RCA VJT76, I was told there was another stereo upstairs with a TV in it. Both were leftover from an estate sale and in a big, old, awesome and original farmhouse. The owners passed away and the next door neighbor bought the place to fix up as a BnB, so he wanted these gone! The price was unbeatable at $25 each!

Imagine my surprise to find an all-tube GE console with a 1974 Philco 19" "BOSS" chassis color TV retrofitted into it. It was no hack job either! A shop I worked in did this to many RCA and Magnavox combos using a 25" colortrak 2000, when the tube color chassis was no longer worth new CRT, etc.
My guess is that the 23" BW TV needed a CRT and the HiFi was too good and attractive to say good bye to.

I will post photos in "Tube Consoles - other makes" as I get it open. The Sams shows a PP 7355 tube amp, separate preamp, MPX and tuner chassis which was a good bit better than what GE put in most of their value sets.

Sightings / RCA Victor 1968? - PA
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:56:27 AM »
This is pretty local for me, and after I saw the phonograph picture, I realized it is a more expensive model.

It would be nice to get some Victrola Brochures in Downloads so we can look these up. The style is not unlike a VLT-51W I have already but the receiver and changer are different.

Sightings / Magnavox Chairside - 1947
« on: November 06, 2018, 10:06:00 AM »
Saw this a while back and thought about getting it. I got a free Zenith X940 with non-operating changer from a retired guy with a shed (refuge workshop) and he still wanted to have a record player. I was thinking of a few un-restored portables I have from late 50's.

Then I saw his collection of older compilations of Swing Era and other legacy records (no 45s) , I figured a Webcor changer and Magnavox 197 AM/SW with 10 watts and a big speaker would be perfect for the shop he has.

I wont do finish work beyond a good scrub-down, the electronics is a snap for me but the changer does not appear to have the pianissimo tone arm like the catalog states ??? 

Wanted / Motorola SK17W companion speaker
« on: October 23, 2018, 08:36:43 AM »
I have a 1959 Motorola SK-17 stereo (pre-stereophonic) in French provincial walnut, I need the speaker cabinet even if its been emptied of the Jensen drivers :P

Sightings / 1960 Concert Grand - Chicago
« on: October 04, 2018, 04:05:09 PM »
I saw this on videokarma and figured it would look good here. I thought it said $100 but I must be hallucinating :-[ again .

Chat / Few consoles in vintage CU books
« on: October 01, 2018, 03:15:20 PM »
Consumer Reports tested many products but I could not find stereo consoles in their reviews, even after I bought a dozen year-end issued "buying guides" on fleabay.

Then I saw a side bar discussion in the 1961 issue, under the listing High Fidelity equipment, where a selection of low-mid priced consoles were tested...and deemed unacceptable, mostly due to the record changers that came in them. It seemed that a Webcor Coronet and a few others were barely-acceptable consoles.

CU also stated that true stereo realism cannot be achieved when speakers are only 3 feet apart. 6-10 feet of separation was only possible with two-cabinet consoles (none reviewed), with separate components or with only the largest custom and some Curtis Mathes "aircraft carrier" consoles.

I offer a few questions for discussion:

1. Was CU biased toward picking the best individual components, assuming they all can play well together, as opposed to a group of components from one manufacturer designed to work well together :-\ (yes - I am thinking Magnavox speakers and amplifiers here)

2. CU reviews of record players (single-play ) included tone-arms rated ala carte, and separate from the turntables. Didn't Rek-o-kut, Grado and others make good enough tone arms ???

3. CU was a value guide, so were more expensive consoles simply ignored? In earlier buying guides, kits by Heath and Dynaco, speakers by AR and Warfdale were rated very favorably.

4. Due to the relatively good record quality prior to the "give me convenience or give me death" or 8-track and cassette era, was the general preference for high-quality players diminished by then? An example is the fact BSR replaced Mag, RCA and Zenith console changers by this time

Fisher / 1964 Ambassador IV A-69 P
« on: September 27, 2018, 03:13:37 PM »
This was one of the hybrid models that is 85% tubes, with four output transistors for each channel. The 690 amp has the entire power supply for both tubes 300V and +/- 32 volts for the push-pull output transistors. I will recap the power supply first, before trying anything.

Before offering a reasonable sum at a well-known swap meet last Friday, I pulled all four fuses from the amp to confirm nothing bad went down. This amp is the type that direct-couples the push-pull output transistors to the speakers without a capacitor. From the schematic, it would seem a shorted transistor could fry the speakers. 

It definitely needs repairs to the legs before I can put it upright. The cabinet suffered through a few moves by the look of things. Fisher cabinets are one of the more damage prone, based on a lack of bracing found underneath. I have already used structural woodscrews to tie the rear legs into the base trim and glued one leg that split in half.
The legs and most of the "fruitwood" cabinet appear to be cherry, and like my 1964 Electra VII in "distressed walnut", will need to be stripped.

The amp and receiver chassis had all the 12AX7's swiped but the rare 6HU8 tubes were not ??? The Garrard type A record changer is complete and nothing else looks missing.

I was curious about the speakers first, so those are the photos below. Ill have to get a better picture of the tube map.

Zenith / 1958 Zenith HF1284 - just before stereo
« on: September 07, 2018, 12:59:52 PM »
Zenith HF1284 - I have two, limed oak model with E-suffix and the walnut with no changer and messed up speaker grill weave. Getting a record changer found on CL in a $10 beat-up portable near me.

These also have electrostatic tweeters like the Cantata posted. The tweets connect directly to the (PP 6V6) output transformer primary, as they need a few hundred volts to get started. 

I need to find them, both are buried in my garage and need to be moved to a new space so I remember to work on them someday :P

Sightings / Sylvania SC74 tube model - PA
« on: September 06, 2018, 10:27:27 AM »
This one has an owner that will not get back to me but I have a similar model a year newer. Its only an hour up north in the mountains, worth a drive.

These were all-tube, hand-wired and some (this is a single-ended 7868 ) had a push-pull 7868 output stage. That was a special Sylvania tube developed for Fisher and used in their 400 series   

Sightings / 1962 Normandy
« on: August 31, 2018, 04:06:00 PM »
I have one, a 1ST659 with the 93-series amp, horns and 12"woofs. This is noted as a sweet-sounding console yet mine is recapped but still apart as there is lot of connections including FM multiplex adaptor. The tuner-preamps only looked like this for a year or two but they were all-tube.

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 9