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Sightings / Re: Magnavox Console Greensboro CL
« Last post by 19and41 on August 20, 2017, 10:02:00 PM »
I just wish it were closer.  I can't imagine the Atlanta metro is tapped out for such units.
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Sightings / Re: Magnavox Console Greensboro CL
« Last post by electra225 on August 20, 2017, 08:44:04 PM »
It looks fixable to me.
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Magnificent Magnavox / Re: New, improved cabinet back
« Last post by electra225 on August 20, 2017, 07:30:30 PM »
In the top picture of the ones I just posted, there is an irregular cutout around the Multiplex adapter.  This is a change I made from my first pattern.  The third picture shows how I used the piece I cut out of that hole to make my patch.  I cut the patch and stuck it to the pattern with clear shipping tape.  This change will make that area look neater and makes the MPX adapter look better.  I had not had the back off my CG for two years.  It is still in pretty good shape.  I am going to have to polish the bottom for the Multiplex adapter and clear coat it this time.  It turned dingy.  There is a cover on the Phantom Control chassis that is in the bottom of one of the pictures.  It will require polishing and clear coating as well for the same reasons.  The rest looks pretty good still.  Light dusting and detailing should suffice.  I am not going to make any effort to make the Magnavox wiring mess look neat.  They did not want it neat from the factory, or they would have made it that way.  I have a dirty control, AGAIN, so this would be a good time to pull the tuner and give it a good cleaning.  I have a set of "close" wires for the Multiplex adapter which will eliminate part of the rat's nest in that area.

Notice as the project progressed, how I canned the idea of rounded/beveled/some kind of fancy corners.  Square corners proved to be the neatest in appearance and will be easier to get straight and even.  I was trying to get too fancy, perhaps a mistake I made on the first go-round.  This will be a cabinet BACK.  It won't be seen that much, and when it is, people will be looking at all those sparkly tubes!   ;)
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Magnificent Magnavox / Re: New, improved cabinet back
« Last post by electra225 on August 20, 2017, 07:13:17 PM »
A couple tidbits.  You may notice in one of the pictures, I cut the pattern extra large.  I cut around my pattern with tin snips.  Then I cut the actual pattern to size with a single-edge razor blade.  The wife obsconded with my Exacto knife.   ;)

The following pictures show the first cut of the pattern actually fitted to the cabinet.  I have the opening cut out in the exact location of the original "holes."  You can see how restricted air flow would be when you see the output tubes nearly covered.  The later pictures show how that will change. 
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Magnificent Magnavox / Re: New, improved cabinet back
« Last post by electra225 on August 20, 2017, 07:03:05 PM »
Today I had to start this project all over again, from scratch.  Long story why.  I'm actually happier with the result this time and it was tons easier to do, it seemed like.  I made some changes than I believed would enhance the "optics" of the project.  I am done with the pattern and have taken pictures.  When I transfer the pattern to wood, I'll document that and share those pictures if there is interest. 

Let me assure you all that there were no factory Concert Grand parts, great or small, harmed or changed in any way for this project.  I am going to retain the original back in case I want to sell the instrument.  I have a dry storage closet in the garage I can keep it in without fear of damage.

The first picture is the original back panel laying on a chunk of cardboard.  Poster board would actually be better, but an old screen door container was free.  It worked okay.  I am not going to use the pattern as a pattern that I draw around, but as a template.  I will actually measure and mark the lauan, then compare to the pattern before I cut.  Probably a weird way to do it (make a pattern and not use it, per se) but that is the way I was taught.

The second picture shows how I marked the outline of the holes in the original back.  Subsequent pictures show the process of "squaring up" the holes so I can cut the panel out, preliminarily. to see how it fit and what I wanted to modify.
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Sightings / Re: Slim speakers
« Last post by picard on August 20, 2017, 06:04:27 PM »
Last day of estate sale and last hour they were still there. I picked them up for $35.
I couldn't let them go to the dumpster.
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Sale or Trade / Ampex Signature Stereo Cabinet, Los Angeles $200.00
« Last post by GThompson2316 on August 19, 2017, 05:42:07 PM »
Ampex Signature Stereo Cabinet, Los Angeles  $200.00

This is a beautiful mid-century vintage stereo cabinet. Made by the world famous Ampex Corporation, it is a very high quality piece. The cabinet is in great condition, no major scratches, dings, etc. The inside is unfinished plywood, and the shelving has been removed to provide a fresh canvas that you can tailor to your own equipment.

Exterior cabinet measures 65 long x 20 deep x 33.5 high;
Interior compartments measure 26 high x 17 deep, the right & left are 18 wide while the middle one is 21 wide.

18 wide x 26 high x 17 deep for the right & left compartments;
21 wide x 26 high x 17 deep for the center compartment.

A hard to find vintage piece like this is probably worth about $600, but because we are moving in a few days we are pricing it to sell quickly at $200. Act now and it can be yours for a song (pun intended).   ;D
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Magnificent Magnavox / Re: Grounding/Fuse-Link??
« Last post by 19and41 on August 18, 2017, 10:51:31 PM »
As far as providing surge protection for your power outlet, The Tripp Lite Isobar surge protector has been a a tried and true device.  Here is a search from Ebay that may offer some at a decent price.  They are the units that power companies recommend to their customers. 

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=tripp+lite+isobar&_sop=15
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Magnificent Magnavox / Re: Grounding/Fuse-Link??
« Last post by electra225 on August 18, 2017, 08:14:20 PM »
"J" you don't owe me an apology.  No offense taken, none intended.  You asked for "foolproof".  I gave you the most foolproof idea I could think of, and stand by that suggestion.  I believe you are wringing your hands looking for a $500 solution to a $5 problem.

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