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Music / Re: The DAY the sun died...
« on: May 17, 2019, 03:05:17 PM »
I'm only old enough to remember the Doris Day show, but her voice and accompanying music will live forever. Didn't "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" become a TV show?

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RCA Solid State Discussion / Re: RCA 1967 Cpmbo HJ843W
« on: May 17, 2019, 03:01:18 PM »
 ;) Sounds good so far, you may even have a replacement flyback to go with that "Colorbright" CRT.

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RCA / Re: Asking for Advice...
« on: May 17, 2019, 02:59:15 PM »
I vote good  8), I am about to dive into two 1962 3-channnel RCA's that are quite similar. The 5x7s, and 3" tweets are in both but that first one has a 15" woof like one of mine, the other is a 12". The amps are RS189 and tuners are RC1192 most likely, schematic is Sams 569, see it in downloads ;)

Bill- Are you taking the "living stereo" challenge too?

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1963, the equipment sure looks like what is in an MK2602 I have. Built-in stereo and SE 6BQ5 amplifier. A great unit in a small package.

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Fisher Solid State Discussion / Re: 1967 Fisher Statesman S692-IP
« on: May 17, 2019, 02:48:51 PM »
Ill close this one with a picture. This console cost about $25, was in a part of my garage needed for the Ambassador, and did not fare well when it got a bit of rain on it, as I carted it to a swap meet and ultimately stripped it leaving the cabinet for the bonfire. Its a sad scene over at the fire pit, with some not-at-all bad shape console radio cabinets relieved of their innards. Others have their veneers flapping in the breeze :'(

The Dual 1009 was fully functional and had the adapter to stack 45's, not just the little manual-play puck adapter Duals usually come with. This record player was an asset, but the only one. The darned pushbutton selector on the receiver needed to be pushed in and held there for sound to make it through both channels. I suspect this was used hard as the litho was all worn off around some of the controls and selector buttons.

The 31R receiver had a few open caps and most others were ripe for replacement. I jumped the open ones and got decent volume but only on AM and when using an external Tape or Aux input. FW has an issue that will certainly require troubleshooting time.

The speakers were interesting at least but either a crossover issue or bad driver on the left channel was obvious when the balance control was rotated. They were not labeled "Fisher" as on the Ambassador and Warwick. Possibly need them when I work on the SS Custom Electra E-492.

Let me know if you find a better cabinet, like Scandinavian Walnut, and we can make a deal.

So ends the thread.


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I have two cleaners, one called Spray-nine for general grimy crud but it WILL remove printing on aluminum, especially that in attached picture.

The other is white vinegar and it seems to leave this printing alone. Spit and shine works this way too :-[, with lithography being spared.

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Fisher / Re: 1964 Fisher Warwick - W59
« on: May 16, 2019, 04:12:29 PM »
The Warwick has been moved inside and behind the other Fisher, the Ambassador. Both of these are worthy of restoration mainly because of the electronics, not necessarily the speakers.

  My 1967 Fisher Statesman cabinet did not meet specs for desirability, so now there are plenty of spare parts, including speakers which are hard to match ;) The cabinet took a one-way trip to a bonfire at the DVHRC antique radio swap meet last weekend. :-[ We sacrifice some so we can save others.

Once the particle board gets wet, just a little bit, it reminds me of a soggy wet phonebook!

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Magnificent Magnavox / Re: 1ST622M - 1962
« on: May 16, 2019, 08:27:02 AM »
This makes sense regarding the series 100 tuner, which I assume is chassis 7909 or 7910 like both my five-knobber 1962's with 6EU7 preamp tube. The external mpx decoder was the consolation feature added to the five knobbers.

What Greg describes as a six-knobber is a 200 series, not a vertical but a horizontal dial series 57, like my 1960's 5703 pictured.

Now for the differences, is it accurate that the extra tubes in a series 200 are for the tuned RF stages

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Magnificent Magnavox / Re: 1ST622M - 1962
« on: May 15, 2019, 03:38:05 PM »
Here is the tuner and changer in my 1ST659 Normandy Provincial, which the 1962 brochure says should be a series 200. ???

Me confused here but I love both these consoles despite the series 100 radio (5-knobs). That multiplex adapter is a plus on both!

Dan - What is the chassis number on your 6-knobber? I must see what the difference is on a schematic :)

I have a 1960 Symphony 1ST208 with 6-knob tuner and 8 speakers (no horns) but an amp 175 and 15" woofers. It has a permanent place in a bedroom since it matches the Mahogany bedroom furniture. I restored it but it has a few issues yet, but sounds wonderful.

Also have a 1959 1SC202 ( basic phono-only model using an AMP 185) It also has 15" woofers, but I plan to restore then sell this one.

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Magnificent Magnavox / 1ST622M - 1962
« on: May 14, 2019, 09:27:48 AM »
I posted in sightings that this was a unit I saw at Habitat Restore, tried to forget, then went back and loaded myself without any damage done. I then carried it to my upstairs shop after removing the record changer and back cover, to make grabbing the cabinet much easier.

While there were so many models for 1962, this one seems to have all the goodies: 1000 cycle horns, 12" woofers, push-pull 6BQ5 tube amp and a multiplex decoder for FM-stereo. I went against my normal judgment and tried a power-up at the store and FM stereo was clearly heard form both channels before I switched it off.


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Sightings / Re: Magnavox 1ST622
« on: May 13, 2019, 09:15:05 AM »
And it was there, ALSO it was 20% off that day :D. I will get some picture uploaded but it is identical inside to my other 1962 Normandy Symphony. The only difference is the record player in the Normandy says "Imperial micromatic", but looks identical otherwise.

As our Magnavox-savvy moderators have pointed out, this model range had the last all-tube consoles and has the 9300-series amp that uses 6EU7 preamp/phase splitter tubes and PP-6BQ5. This one had the original Mullards  ;), not wimpy RCA-branded 6BQ5 that all the parts house carried. Those were in my other Mag's amp, but at least those were ALL replaced at the same time.

It was plugged in already  :-[ so , what the heck, I moved selector from phono over to FM stereo and it warmed right up with decent sound out of both speakers. I unplugged it almost immediately, satisfied that all was OK inside and ripe for a restoration ;D


There was also a compact but not cheap 1968 Magnavox sitting by the door where the concert Master was last week. So I paid for and carted up the 622, moved this other Maggy over and plugged it in. 

After some back and forth :P, the SS Mag's radio/amp came to life and I grabbed a record, something like Opera, and put it on the changer. Someone moved the record stabilizer arm over without lifting it, but I popped it back in place and everything worked! I left the record on the spindle all ready, in case someone wanted to try it.

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Tube Consoles / Re: Another orphan followed me home
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:57:50 AM »
I think I see a stereo decoder chassis in the last picture..

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RCA Solid State Discussion / Re: RCA 1967 Cpmbo HJ843W
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:48:09 AM »
The TV portion will be an adventure.

If that chassis is a CTC28 or 30, make sure the HV transformer (AKA flyback or horizontal output trans) is not cooked. A few wax drippings are to be expected but arcing-burning and/or shorted turns are death! Hours, heat and misadjusted sweep and HV take their toll on these RCA's. They really look fantastic when set up right and all the solder joints are touched up on the PCB's. 

I highly recommend videokarma for help on this, as those guys are primarily working on color sets like yours.

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Sightings / Magnavox 1ST622
« on: May 09, 2019, 12:00:23 PM »
I sure hope this is not at the Habitat Restore when I compulsively stop by after work!!!!! ??? ::) :-[

After finding a 1ST659, which says "Imperial micromatic" on the RC, do I need another? I don't think the 622 has that, though it looks the same.

Last week the Magnavox 268H (1956 Concert Master) was there for $75 and then gone soon after. Any dumb bunny could see the tubes in that huge amp as they walked in the door, as the open back was against the storefront ::)

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Sightings / Re: RCA VFT52
« on: May 09, 2019, 11:53:03 AM »
Its a stereo portable, right?

I paid $20 for this Admiral, $25 for a 1959 Emerson and consider them a square deal, considering the work they probably need.

Most you ever get for working portable is 60-80, unless its a heavy beast with some power or just a special design like an RCA I once had with the Studiomatic with built-in strobe.

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