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Sightings / Re: Magnavox and RCA.
« Last post by electra225 on Today at 09:00:04 AM »
If you find a 665 little Imperial......

You are good at finding neat things.  I could trip over something and not see it.   ;) :-[

There is always room for another Symphony.   :) :) :) :)
It needs a good tune-up like they all do.  Take it apart, remove the grease that has turned to glue, relube.  Then replace the motor mounts and drive tire.  Take the motor apart, clean, and add some turbine oil.  The cycle mechanism is stuck on yours.  If, like me, you are chicken to take it apart, you might get by just cleaning off the old grease, adding new and going thru the rest of the steps I mentioned.  The thing is 60 years old.
Sightings / Re: Magnavox and RCA.
« Last post by Bill on Today at 07:39:49 AM »
Nope, not there yet!  :)  One Symphony is enough.  Mine is missing two handles.

I could write a long description of what's wrong, but a video is worth a thousand words. The changer won't play after changing.

The Youtube link is a video of me trying to get my Magnavox Imperial Micromatic to play after changing the record. Please take a look. I couldn't find a good answer in my searches. Hope someone here can help. Thanks!
Magnificent Magnavox / Re: Magnavox Stereo Theater 1MR418M restoration
« Last post by electra225 on January 19, 2019, 07:54:12 PM »
While Chris is working on his radio on a table saw, I made progress working on my TV chassis on the card table.....

I got all the caps except one changed in the HV section.  No big deal so far.  I have been double-checking my work, one capacitor at a time.  After I get the lone holdout replaced, I'll run resistance checks in that section to make sure everything is okay.  I am retaining the old parts just in case. 
Chat / Re: The old GE radio
« Last post by electra225 on January 19, 2019, 07:51:08 PM »
Sometimes you have gotta improvise!   ;) :) :-[

Grandpa always said that poor people had poor ways......
Chat / Re: The old GE radio
« Last post by TC Chris on January 19, 2019, 07:15:19 PM »
While Greg has his TV on the card table, I have my GE E-86 on top of the table saw.

This evening I walked down to Ace Hardware to buy an extension cord to make a cord for the GE.  It's cheaper than buying raw zipcord and a plug, plus I still have the short end I cut off to make a short extension cord out of.

After that was attached I pulled the rectifier out, poked the VOM leads in the socket's plate holes.  Whee, lots of volts (>500 VAC, 'cause that's where my VOM tops out unless I move it to the 5 KV input).  It bounced the needle a little bit.  That means I have a power transformer and can proceed.

So then I turned to the rubber-coated wires, the ones that lie against things and create a danger of shorts.  Geez, GE really packed the parts in tight.  I'm used to old Zeniths with lots of real estate.  GE probably worried more about RF performance and such.  The rubber-coated ones often bear against the chassis or other terminals. In any event, I worked until I had used up my red wire.  Now I need black, which will mean a trip to the hardware store tomorrow unless I find some suitable gauge in my wire stash.  Where the wires run to tube sockets or the IF cans, I've mostly been cutting off the old one, leaving a short length that I can curl up to make a solder terminal.  Un-soldering is not feasible because of the tight quarters.

Chris Campbell
Magnificent Magnavox / Re: Magnavox Stereo Theater 1MR418M restoration
« Last post by electra225 on January 19, 2019, 05:30:53 PM »
I'm planning on recapping the chassis, then working with electrolytics.  That seems simpler.  I got all the caps I need so far at Sal's.  The electrolytics I will have to get at Mouser's or somewhere. 

I have not established a baseline on this chassis, due to obvious defects that will keep it from working.  I am working on the card table in my little den.  Much like restoring your '65 Mustang out in the backyard under the old oak tree!  Since this is my first TV repair, I don't have enough experience to be afraid of anything.  I have eight pages of notes made on this chassis.  Hopefully, if I have some type of issue when I get the chassis back in the cabinet, I'll be able to refer to my notes and figure out if I made a mistake, have a defective component, or if something I did not work on is the problem.  My goal is to get the picture tube to light and to hear some type of sound from the TV out of the speakers.  I am taking pictures as I progress, so stand by.  Here we go........ :)
RCA / Re: RCA victor 1VF507
« Last post by electra225 on January 19, 2019, 11:46:32 AM »
I suspect the bean counters had as much to do with that decision as anything.  Sell what people would buy, at a price they would pay.  Put just enough features in one to make it sound decent and still turn a profit.  Console stereos were never intended to be high-end audio.  Their cabinets were a design statement, a status symbol.  Performance was a secondary consideration.

Real audiophiles, then and now, grit their teeth when they hear a console stereo.  High end component equipment was available for those so inclined.  I collect console stereos because I appreciate how they were built and am satisfied with their performance, understanding their limitations.  I have more high end equipment and appreciate it as well.
I had a similar problem with my 233 Imperial.  Mine was a dirty balance control.  I cleaned it three times before I got it right.  I have my treble amps barely turned on, and there is plenty of brightness in the audio. 

My eight-speaker Symphony will put all the rest of my Magnavox stereos to shame, Concert Grand included.  I must have gotten the only good one.  No way will my Imperial outperform the Symphony.  My Stereo Theater has 12" woofers with the horns.  When I go back, it will likely get a set of 15's.  Your comments about 12" speakers and horns is what I have long suspected.  Accoustics and the type of music one plays must have something to do with perceived performance.  Don't misunderstand.  Magnavox never built a low-performance audio device.  I love every one of mine.  I have an admitted soft spot for the Symphony.  The Stereo Theater will probably be a close second to the Symphony.  That sweet 93 Series amp...... :) :) :) ;)

The hunt is on for a 1ST665 little Imperial!   ;) :)
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