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Introductions / Re: So... this is how addiction starts....
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:40:09 AM »
Just saw this, good thing its a day away or Id be on it!

Introductions / Re: So... this is how addiction starts....
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:04:49 AM »
I started down this rabbit hole the same way, and I apologize for enabling your addiction. :-\ Welcome to the forum, just jump right to your SS RCA if you can solder in new power supply filter caps and spray deOxit in all the pots and switches. RCA record players are usually pretty good and there is expert help here.

Links to 3 tube units below at both ends of spectrum certainly qualify. Your listings there up east DO look great!!!
The Zenith is easy to restore as far as tube ones go, easily found. The Voice of Music is in a great package with more value, like a Fisher or high-end RCA, Zenith or Magnavox.

Bonus points if you find an Admiral, Philco, Cutis Mathes or Sylvania tube console.

Packard Bell
Voice Of Music

RCA Victor hard to find normally and pre-1963 models with tubes VERY desirable along with most tube Magnavox, especially the prized Imperial and Concert Grand  displayed on this forum.

I am partial to Motorola 3-channel stereophonics myself, has a unique open sound, and need the LEAST amount of effort to reliably sound good again.

I'm in Lancaster 20 mi N of the Maryland border. But I go as far north as Dushore once in a while, where the family hunting cabin is.

Other Solid State Console Brands / Re: Packard Bell RPC-66
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:07:23 PM »
There is a model tier above this one with a separate amp chassis. RPC-56 in sams 905, which I have been using as the RF-IF-MPX and preamp is identical.

It only gets about 15-20 watts loud, but does not distort at full volume which is unusual. The radio tunes as good as a Zenith, and we have a crowded band that puts it to the test. PB would have made a great car radio based on my observations.

Well, I had some issues pop up in 2 months of regular shake-down testing. I need to fix it for good - just selling it or returning it without testing is inviting trouble, even on an SS model.

1. The FM quit while tuning around one day. The mixer transistor shorted collector to emitter. A generic 2N3904 NPN-Si brought it right back. No idea why it quit like that.

2. The power supply developed a faint hum - resolved by increasing two of the 22 volt supply capacitors from 1000 mf to 2200 mf.

3. My work space is not heated well, so on warmer days the V-M changer worked just great but 2 days ago it made some noises like it was binding and I pulled up the platter. Idler wheel and spindle bearing is OK but the motor barely turns now. Very odd - because I took it apart initially, cleaned and soaked the motor bearings in 3in1 oil. Now I have to do it again or replace the motor, I have a few spares.

4. Both the radio AND record player seem to hiss or lisp (on "s" sounds) as if the tuning is not right on. Its either an amp issue or speaker issue. I was considering replacing both 6 mf non-polar crossover caps. But need to try known good speakers first. I really need a distortion analyzer but Ill try using my audio generator and scope if I need to. Both channels seem to be affected.

5. The first tetrad replacement cartridge had a temporal static pop on the right channel, most noticeable during play of my test record, CBS "seven steps to better listening". Luckily, I had another cart and the issue disappeared.

Other Tube Console Brands / Re: Need Info on this G.E. Console.....
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:55:07 PM »
Thanks Ken, now I learned something - GS was a good one, like VM.

Chat / Re: What happened to ARF??
« on: February 12, 2018, 01:42:49 PM »
These unregulated monopolies are all the same. Comcast is the only option I have for internet, since Verizon has not run any FIOS fiber in our semi-rural area. Internet and a landline costs $78 per month.

Other Tube Console Brands / Re: Need Info on this G.E. Console.....
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:45:56 PM »
Thanks Motorola Minion. Do you know who custom made the record changer for G.E.


No but I bet someone here does. It was not V-M like many and the few by Crescent that Silvertone used.

Chat / Re: For the car guys
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:26:19 PM »
 It had a 289 in it and while I like to think I drove like Steve McQueen that night I'm sure it was nowhere near that level.

That Autolite 2100 carb could only dump so much gas into my 289, so it was a pooch over 80 mph. I rebuilt it and did all the adjustments but it was a limiting factor along with the compression ratio and stock heads. I refused to upgrade to a 4V though as it had 105K miles, but when the Y-pipe broke, I put headers and turbo-Z mufflers on it. Loud and false advertising with glass-packs. I had enough trouble getting stopped, as all of us did with old cars that looked good. Those babysitting local cops were always on us for little to nothing.

I ended up selling it right after I rebuilt the C4 auto trans, when it no longer shifted into 3rd gear. A older, wiser motorhead buddy told me not to manually downshift a C4 but with that floor shifter it was irresistible.

One the stock 68 would do was beat about any post-1971 small-block V8 with a 2 barrel off the line at a red light ;), But never on a wet road with that blasted open rear. No highway top-end duels with friends, always was left behind, even by Mopar 318's.

Other Tube Console Brands / Re: Need Info on this G.E. Console.....
« on: February 09, 2018, 12:06:08 PM »
 I would say this was TOTL for GE circa 1967. They do sound great but the rocker switches and controls need a good and gentle cleaning before you'll know how it sounds. Porta-fi was an RF wireless-linked external speaker set GE offered.

The record changer is custom made for GE, so the parts may be less easily found than V-M, and Magnavox.  I saw this model at a estate-consignment shop, listed for $399.

I like that RCA and glad it found a home! I have two RCA's and they are not easily found in S-central PA.  I do have three consoles that you might consider, since Early American was popular among local console buyers of means here. a 1963 Zenith MK2602-tubes micro 2g v-m changer, 1967 Fisher Statesman E492-SS with Dual 1009 and a 1969 Magnavox 1P3622 with micromatic. But only the Zenith is compact, 44" wide

Chat / Re: For the car guys
« on: February 09, 2018, 11:27:03 AM »
Having owned the once-common, non-fastback 1968 Mustang - 289-2V as my second car in the early 80s, that movie really WAS as much fun as "two-lane blacktop" and "vanishing point".

I knew there had to be lots of modifications to that 390/428 FE-block fastback, because mine braked and handled worse than my ex-cop '73 Fury II, that preceded it. My Mustang was repainted and was rusting out for the second time when I sold it in Dallas.  I refused to drive it like I did the cop car too, having a few under-steer events that showed its limits. Never hit anything, a miracle.

 It was a fantastic 17mpg cruiser though and got lots of favorable attention the 2 years I had it.  The guy that bought it had the fist-sized hole in the frame (a notable Ford issue) pointed out to him but bought it anyway.

Music / Re: Sat. night AM radio from WSM
« on: January 30, 2018, 02:57:13 PM »
Im not surprised it takes a 1930's era (Zenith no less) radio to pull in WSM clearly for you way up there. Not many of my radios pull in WSM every night but the 1947 Magnavox Berkeley gets it with a loop. These sets HAD to perform, before FM seemed to halt refinement of AM and SW receivers, this radio does.

I plan to move the Maggie upstate to the mountain-house due to this fact, where the only EMI is from electric farm fences. A 125 foot outdoor antenna will probably be added.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Magnasota
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:14:37 PM »
Welcome to the forum.

That dry sink style was pretty popular and a welcome change from the dark Mediterranean styles most consoles were in mid-1970's

Is it equipped with the Micromatic record changer, rather than the BSR used in later models?


Introductions / Re: Hi from a recovering component snob! lol
« on: January 29, 2018, 11:31:42 AM »
Thank you for those pictures Chris. I know there some MI members on videokarma who would take that CTC38 right off your hands. As a 1968 model, last of the branded RCA Victor, its highly collectible due mainly to its controls style, a hybrid of 1966-67 designs.

A few more RCA tube chassis variations made it into the early 1970's CTC39, CTC44-48 , but unlike Zenith making their superb Chromacolor line of hybrids(tube-transistor) , RCA went SS early in their product lines, Accu-color, Argosy then XL-100.

if I lived up near you, I would certainly make the trip to talk cars and haul that home. My 4 RCA color set's are 1962-63 models, two of each but a bit more of a challenge than the later 1960s, which had increasing HV transformer burnouts for a variety of reasons:(. It was the 1954-1957 models of RCA color sets that require even more special care to restore.

Zenith / Re: 1964 Zenith console mm2670
« on: January 26, 2018, 04:30:01 PM »
Very interesting those were germanium in Zeniths. The .1 to .3 forward bias voltage gives that away.

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