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Pictures of the tuner and turntable will tell me more of what I need to know.  That cabinet appears to be in the 1967 catalog.  "Run 2" would make it a year newer than that, 1968.  (A good year for cars, particularly Buicks.  And Chrysler 440's!!)  My theory is this is a six-knobber with the 100 watt chassis.  Again, picutres would confirm that. 

Remember, I like a mystery and that I have been WRONG before, so don't hold me to this.  My being wrong is a good way to get a conversation started.   ;)

Chat / Re: 6EU7 frustration
« on: Today at 11:27:44 AM »
There is considerable discussion on how hard 6BQ5's are driven.  Magnavox does not drive them quite as hard as some.  Fisher has been mentioned before about how hard they drive 6BQ5's.  I haven't had problems with 6BQ5's and wafer sockets in Magnavox.  But I sure have with 6EU7's, my vote for THE worst tube ever built.  Ceramic sockets may not be "correct" for replacements, but they sure do solve a myriad of issues, both contact issues and heat-related issues.  I replaced the plastic damper socket in the Stereo Theater's TV chassis with ceramic.  We'll see how that works.  All four rectifier sockets in my Concert Grand amp chassis have been replaced (before I got it) with ceramic sockets.  The power transformer in my ST had been replaced, as had the rectifier socket.  I put a used bakelite socket in that chassis for the rectifier.  The plastic socket they used had a broken ear and showed evidence of being too hot at one point.  So far, so good there.  I'm beginning to wonder if socket replacement will be standard fare along with replacing capacitors and resistors in future restorations. 

Introductions / Re: Hello from WV
« on: Today at 11:15:06 AM »
IF the motor has been disassembled, the bearings THOROUGHLY cleaned, then PROPERLY re-lubed, the drive tire replaced and the motor mounts replaced with the CORRECT mounts, then my only suggestion is this.  I believe I remember your saying that you adjusted the tracking of the drive tire to the motor shaft.  If that is the case, you need to "Un-adjust" that so it is right again.  You may still have the drive tire running between two speeds.  Perhaps it is running between 33 &16 when it is on "33" and it is running between 33 & 45 when it is on "45".  That adjustment is critical and is covered in the service documents.  The platter should actually run a tad fast with no records on it, say something around 34 rpm (in 33) or a touch over.  That is so when you have a stack of records on the platter, the platter does not run slow.  Those Collaro four-pole motors are quite robust and are not known for running slow when properly serviced.  My thinking is that you still have something not quite right.  Good luck.

Wanted / Re: RCA Triple Pindex
« on: Today at 10:09:44 AM »
When Lloyd gave me the Pindex I have, I wondered what on earth that thing could be good for.  A tube manual does have pinouts, so why a book dealing strictly with pinouts?  Why have an extra manual laying around?  Now, unless I want to know what characteristics a tube has, I grab the Pindex.  Apparently, everybody in the electronics business back in the day did not have a Pindex.  Mine is the only one I've ever seen. 

Tube Consoles / Re: Another orphan followed me home
« on: Today at 10:03:10 AM »
Sometimes performance is not the key issue.  The key issue with that little stereo is that it is cute and unusual.  And you saved it.  Who has another one?  It probably will make as much bass as a Magnavox bi-amp!   ::) ::) :) :)

Wanted / Re: RCA Triple Pindex
« on: May 22, 2019, 11:28:38 PM »
Thanks, Roger.  I appreciate your kind offer.   :)

Wanted / Re: RCA Triple Pindex
« on: May 22, 2019, 08:59:40 AM »
I may reach out to Larry.  I hadn't thought of that.   :)

Wanted / Re: RCA Triple Pindex
« on: May 22, 2019, 12:02:28 AM »
An RCA Triple Pindex is a reference manual that gives the pinouts of thousands of tubes in alphanumeric order.  I have one and am trying to find another.  They are not that plentiful, apparently.  It is handy if you are working on something without a schematic, and is faster to access information than using a tube manual.  The pages are set up like index cards.  The "triple" parts comes from its three rows of pages.  One of my "elmers" gave me the copy I have, so I'd like to get another and pass it on in like manner.

Tube Consoles / Re: Another orphan followed me home
« on: May 21, 2019, 11:08:47 PM »
I was excited when I found those 6" Quams.  Anything would be better than what is there now.   ::)

Chat / Re: cool stuff on the shelves
« on: May 21, 2019, 11:07:04 PM »
Roger, when you get home, shoot me a PM.   :) :)

Chat / Re: Photoshop experience
« on: May 21, 2019, 11:08:47 AM »
I sent an inquiry in to Radio Daze.  Although I understand the necessity of such things, their "anti-bot" silliness is wearying.   :-[ ::)

I hope they can help at a reasonable price.  I'm not the only one interested in this, I'm sure.

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.

With a "232" code, too.  Magnavox.

Tube Consoles / Re: Another orphan followed me home
« on: May 21, 2019, 08:17:11 AM »
The fabric backing I use with burlap is sold for that purpose.  It provides strength to the burlap so it does not move when the speaker cone moves air and it provides body to the burlap.  Burlap is pretty flimsy material by itself.  I glue the backing to the speaker board, then staple the burlap to the board from the back.  You can get backing in several colors.  The folks at Hobby Lobby or a fabric shop can advise you should you have other questions.  The backing is acoustically transparent, if that is a concern.

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