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Wanted / RCA Triple Pindex
« on: May 21, 2019, 10:42:23 AM »
Does anybody have an RCA Pindex they would care to sell?  I'm in the market.  Thanks.

Chat / Photoshop experience
« on: May 19, 2019, 07:56:14 PM »
I want to reproduce some of the decals on my Stereo Theater cabinet.  My "rented granddaughter" advises me that Photoshop is the way to go.  The plan is to take a picture of the decal I want, scan it to the computer, then "fix" it with Photoshop and make it the size I want.  It is alleged this program will allow me to fix little things wrong with the decal, worn edges, recreate lines that may be missing, change the background color and shading, things like that.  This sounds like it might be above my pay grade.  Has anyone on here had experience with Photoshop?

Chat / 6EU7 frustration
« on: May 16, 2019, 10:07:12 AM »
I have horrible luck with 6EU7's.  I had to remove the back on my 616 this morning due to the "death rattles" on one channel.  The problem was corroded tube pins on a 6EU7.  I cleaned the socket and the tube pins, put the tube back and all was well again.  This happens every year.  This stereo sets all winter unused.  When I return it to service I have problems with a 6EU7.  I'm tempted to try replacing the original tube sockets with ceramic ones to determine if the problem is the tube or the socket.  Or switch to 12AX7's and be done with 6EU7s for good.

Record Changer Repair and Restoration / VM 1200 series changer
« on: May 11, 2019, 01:15:15 PM »
I have never seen a tone arm like this on a VM changer.  Bill and I were talking about this one day last winter, and I promised him pictures.  Better late than never.   ::) ;) :)

The cartridge is on some kind of a pivoting contraption.  Looks to me like it might drag the record.  "Tonal 1" tone arm.  This changer is in an old GE console I have saved for its guts.  I believe it has a GE C-100 cartridge.

Radios / Stromberg-Carlson 1121 PFM
« on: April 24, 2019, 05:04:54 PM »
This is one of those deals one gets into when you mess with old radios.  There was a man who worked for me who knew I messed with old radios.  He offered me his family's radio that his parents bought new.  The problem is, the parents were long gone and the radio found its way to an old coal storage shed behind the house.  It sat there long enough that termites had eaten half the cabinet and mice had made nests in what was left.  When I got it, I should have just taken it to the landfill.  I dug thru the dirt and found the name "Stromberg-Carlson" on the tuner bezel.  It was missing a knob and the chassis was a disaster.  There is a man who posts YouTube videos about hauling old stuff out of a mine and making it work again.  I got the chassis in this old radio going.  I made no effort making it look pretty, as I did not have a cabinet.  The chassis is a huge 11-tube affair, four band, with the old FM, new FM, Broadcast, and Shortwave.  I got it sort of working, and there is sat for ten years or so.  I saved the plastic tuner bezel, mounting brackets and the knobs along with the chassis and speaker.  The rest went on the burn pile. 

Fast forward to last winter.  One of our forum members, herein unidentified unless he wants to identify himself, bought an old radio cabinet with modern guts at an antique store.  He wanted the guts, but had no use for the cabinet.  One thing led to another and I ended up with a cabinet for my SC 1121 chassis that I had been hunting with one eye open, for years.

So. this summer, I intend to marry the cabinet to the chassis that belongs in it.  I have some cabinet work to do to get that job done.  I started up the old radio chassis this afternoon and find I still have more work to do on it.  FM works fine, but AM is kaput.  The oscillator is not running.  So I'll look into that while I get the guts to fit the cabinet again.  The panel that the tuner bezel fits in has been removed from the cabinet.  I'll need to make one of those.  The cabinet otherwise is quite nice. 

Chat / A garage full of broken stuff....
« on: April 09, 2019, 12:54:49 PM »
It seems that my "collection" (hoard?) of "stuff" is getting a lot of busted stuff in it.  "Future" projects.   ;) ;) ::) ::) :-[ :-[ :-\ :-\

I try to work on two major projects at a time.  This so I can work on one while the second is waiting on something to dry or waiting on parts.  Then I like small projects, "quickies" that can be done in an hour or in at least an afternoon.  It seems I'm getting long on "quickies" here lately.  Power supply caps replacement in my bench power supply, three or four little GE stereos that need TLC, probably 20 cheap little plastic radios that are "too good" to part out.  My old Akai M7 tape deck that is blowing fuses.  A power transformer transplant from an old GE chassis to my Truetone console.  A bum cartridge in my little Motorola console stereo, stuff like that.  Several of the radios I first restored 35 years ago now need some form of TLC.  I want to put a hotrodded paint job on a couple Bakelite radio cabinets.  My two major projects are my Stereo Theater and the little Zenith 5-S-127 with a dead oscillator that needs one of everything.  It never ends.

How do you guys handle this kind of stuff?  I know most of us would not toss something "that might be good or might be needed by somebody."  I need to develop a plan.  I am not an organized person.  I stack and push and make room for "just one more". 

Chat / Testing, testing!!
« on: April 02, 2019, 11:40:52 AM »
This forum is deader than a two-bit mule.  Is anybody out there?  Testing, testing......... ;) ;) ;) ;)

Chat / "shangoO66" videos
« on: March 17, 2019, 01:30:27 PM »
I really get a lot out of "shango" videos.  He uses a "failsafe" method of checking electrolytic caps using audio.  He places a probe on the positive of an e-cap and can tell the condition of the cap by how the audio sounds.  He may have explained how this works in an earlier video that I missed.  Does anybody on here have an explanation of how this works?  It sure looks slick if I could figure out what he does.  This guy is just "this side" north of brilliant, as far as I'm concerned.   :)

His explanations are understandable and he kind of fumbles thru things if he is unsure, like the rest of us do from time to time.  He is not afraid to admit he was wrong and explains why.  I have a lot of respect for that.  He can make anything work again.   :)

General Discussion / Harmon Kardon Stereo Festival receiver
« on: March 10, 2019, 06:28:09 PM »
Bill expressed interest in my Stereo Festival.  I found some pictures.

I told him it had 21 tubes, when, in fact, it has twenty.  Sorry for the faux pas.   ;) 

I found this in the trash dumpster, probably close to 30 years ago.  There was also a little 12" Zenith TV.  I saved both of them.  As I remember, this Stereo Festival had a good radio, but only marginal audio quality.  I remember it having rather anemic bass.  It has been several years since I've used it.  I haven't done anything to it, and assume it is mostly original.  I don't have the cabinet for it.  It originally had 7408 output tubes, but have been replaced with 6V6's before I got it.  It has several 12AX7's and several 6BA6's, as I remember.

Chat / Another car show
« on: March 10, 2019, 05:04:44 PM »
This one was at a local American Legion post.  Bikes and cars.  The bikers were in charge.  Not as many cars as the last one.  SOMEBODY left the camera at home....

It was a WONDERFUL day for a car show.   :)

This show had some 409's in it.  They played the 409 song at least twice.  All the 409's I saw were in street rods.  There was a '61 Chevy station wagon that somebody had stuffed a 454 into.  The rat rod with the 3/4 race flattie was there.  That old flathead V-8, running thru open headers, still sounds amazing.  There was no attempt to make it look good, but it sure sounds nice.  There was a black '67 Firebird parked next to the Buick.  There was a 421 with three deuces '66 Catalina there, but they left early.  The Firebird looked nice, but someone had shoehorned a 428 from a '69 GP into it, and not very well.  I'm not a fan of electric fans.  I believe part of a successful, professional engine swap is figuring out how to run an engine-driven fan.  There was a really nice '41 Chevy one-and -a-half ton truck.  Very nice restoration.  Still had the old 216 with no oil filter in it.  It had been a long time since I heard the valves click in a 216 truck motor.  Somebody entered a '74 Lincoln Continental with dirt and bugs still on it.  There was a nice Nova station wagon, circa 1963-ish with Seafoam Green metallic paint.  One of my favorite colors.  And the usual array of motorcycles of all descriptions, heavy on Harley. 

I remember the 348/409 Chevy V-8's being good truck engines, but not so good in cars.  Trucks had governors, typically 3500 rpm.  They did not like high revs much above that.  When one blew, it made a mess.  A well-tuned Power Pack 283 could outrun one and a 327 would run off and hide from one.  Now, their attraction is their appearance.  They do look nice with finned aluminum valve covers and three deuces.

Music / Civilization has returned!
« on: March 09, 2019, 01:31:58 PM »
A neighbor here in AZ knows I am into old radios.  He came over this morning, and we were chatting.  He mentioned a radio station he recently became aware of.  KRKO, 97.3 FM and 1340 AM "The Bull".  "If it's not classic country, we don't play it."  This is a little flea-power (?) station whose transmitter is about 20 miles north of here.  Certainly a step up from talk or sports.  I have not tried FM yet, but the AM portion comes in good on the car radio.  The only other decent music station even on FM we can get here is on the San Carlos Reservation, about 80 miles to the NE.  We'll see how "The Bull" comes in on home radios.

Chat / Arizona snow storm
« on: February 24, 2019, 11:22:10 AM »
You guys back east have had your share of winter weather this year.  We out here in the Valley of the Sun are typically immune from such things.  Last week we got a rare "weather event".  Heavy rain in the Valley, the Phoenix area, and HEAVY snow in the high country.  Flagstaff got over 40" in two days.  We got almost 3"of rain here, which is typically half the annual rainfall.  I have seen a skiff of snow on the Superstition Mountains in the past.  I have been around this part of the country for nearly 40 years and have never seen snow like this on the mountains.  The wife and I mounted up with the therapy dog and went exploring on Saturday.  Half the county had the same idea as we did.  There were cars and people everywhere.  I call these mountains desert mountains, rather than high country mountains.  Their elevation is low enough that they don't normally see a lot of snow.  The last picture is of Four Peaks.

Chat / Nice day for a car show
« on: February 16, 2019, 04:29:43 PM »
We entered the old Buick in a car show, held in a small town east of here.  It was a 48 mile round trip.  The little town is one of those quaint little towns where there is not much, but everything is unique.  The town's main claim to fame is that it is home to the maximum security state prison. 

Last year, there were not quite 100 cars at the show.  This year, they had 288 cars pre-registered plus stragglers.  It's safe to say there were over 300 cars in total.  Some I had seen before, some were new to me.  Highlights were an old late '40's Chevy pickup, repowered by an Offenhauser-equipped Chevy 250 six and a Powerglide transmission.  Very well done.  Then a '55 Pontiac two-door sedan with '53 Buick Special sweepspear trim, again nicely done.  Then a '58 Buick Roadmaster 75 sport sedan.  They did not make many of those and you seldom see one at shows, particularly small shows in the middle of nowhere, AZ.  I found out it is a local car.  It was ultra-loaded like all 75's were and had working AC and still ran the original Flight Pitch Dynaflow transmission.  Most have been converted to regular Dynaflow.  The weather was nice for a car show, headed toward cool.  If the sun stayed in, you needed your jacket.  If the sun came out, off came the jacket.  No dust, no bugs.  They had the hop cars by themselves, the bikes by themselves and everything else mixed in.  A well-run and well-organized show we enjoyed as much as last year.  We found a little cafe in that town that will make a good place to have breakfast on Saturday mornings.  They have a huge parking lot with large parking spaces so we can drive the Buick and not have to worry about getting the doors hit.  I have pictures if anybody is interested.

Sightings / Magnavox Astro-Sonic console in Phoenix
« on: February 13, 2019, 08:03:02 PM »
This console is available for free to a good home.  The changer is out of it currently, but I believe I it is still available.  It does work, but needs the usual tune-up.  The cabinet is nice and could use "the touch."  A little TLC and this would make a nice set.  It is a five-knobber, so believe it is a small model.

If you're interested, let me know.  I'm posting this for my friend Don whose GE collection I've recently "inherited."

Phonographs / We need to start a GE board on here!
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:42:43 PM »
I gained two "new" old GE portable stereos today.  A friend from the auto restoration days if radically and immediately dowsizing.  His GE stereo collection has to go, so it "went" with me.  I now have five GE portable stereos.  I collect Magnavox consoles....... ;)

The two I got today were a GE RP-5190 and a GE RP-2060A.  The 5190 has a transformer power supply with 5Y3 rectifier, 12AX7 amp/phase inverter and single ended 7189 output.  It has four 6" speakers.  The 2060 is a four tuber, 35W4, 12AX7, and single ended 50EH5 output.  It has four six-inch speakers.  Both of these stereos have the VM 1200 series "Custom" changer.  I'll wait until I get back home to do much with either one of them.

I also got to stop at Ted's Hot Dogs for a dog and Coke.  First time I had been there is over 15 years.  IT was as good as I remembered.   :)

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