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Music / Re: The Teddy Bear Polka
« Last post by TC Chris on December 17, 2017, 07:09:31 PM »
Oops, forgot the photo.

Music / Re: The Teddy Bear Polka
« Last post by TC Chris on December 17, 2017, 07:07:02 PM »
Mine was a bottom-of-the-line model when I got it as a b'day present. I'll attach a photo from eBay.  Mine is stashed a distance away so I can't snap a photo.  It has low output now which means either (a) low B+ voltage from a bad selenium rectifier or (b) an aged cartridge.  RCA affixed a sticker indicating that it's certified to have "Golden Throat" tone.  That was an early lesson in advertising misrepresentation.  C'mon, two tubes, 4" speaker, "Golden Throat"???  The "tone" control is a treble-cut device.

And it's an AC-DC chassis in a steel case (shudder).  I can recall playing it outdoors, on a concrete porch in bare feet, and getting the usual AC vibration from running my hand over the case. 

But it did play records, and it did let me expand my musical horizons, and later when I played it through the 12" speaker on a Zenith 10-S-160, it sounded marginally better.

Chris Campbell
Music / Re: The Teddy Bear Polka
« Last post by electra225 on December 17, 2017, 06:51:43 PM »
My old record player needs a cartridge and the turntable reflocked.  That thing gets so hot, the platter gets warm.  The cabinet is basically plywood with Tolex covering.  VERY basic and a cheap model when it was new.  It has a million hours on it.  It has a tone control, which goes from pretty muddy to really muddy.  There is zero treble response, which is why it plays those old scratchy 78's so well.  For Christmas 1959 I got my first four-speed player.  A little Truetone, my pride and joy for years.  It cost $24.88 new, which was good money in those days.

Wanted / Re: Want: better quality tube console in Early American style
« Last post by AstroSonic100 on December 17, 2017, 06:34:56 PM »
My parents purchased a 1964 Magnavox Astrosonic 30 in early American.  Attached picture is the only one I have of our Magnavox and dates from Christmas 1966.

Introductions / Re: Rediscovering Tubes and Vintage Audio. Greetings from SE Michigan
« Last post by TC Chris on December 17, 2017, 05:33:35 PM »
Where in SE Michigan? 

If you haven't heard about it, you might be interested in the Michigan Antique Radio club, which has a broad range of interests among its members, and a really interesting publication.

Chris Campbell
Traverse City
Music / Re: The Teddy Bear Polka
« Last post by TC Chris on December 17, 2017, 05:29:08 PM »
Having access to music as a kid is very positive.  "Children's records," to be a bit more formal about it, have the advantage of being simpler and more easily understood.  I recall raiding a 78 collection at my grandmother's house in Alabama.  I'd make different selections now (there were some Count Basie discs that didn't appeal to me at the time--a bit too complex and advanced).  The whole idea is to get kids listening and then to let their tastes develop. 

I can remember arguing with my Dad about rock'n'roll, which he didn't much like.  We were walking home from a fall high school football game.  I had my brand-new Zenith portable radio ( a Royal 675), which pleased me so much that I carried it everywhere).  I relied to his criticism that Frank Sinatra didn't have such a hot voice. It took a few years before I came to understand the artistry in Sinatra's music and in the classic American songs that he chose.  I grin a little every time I pit a Sinatra CD on.

You record player is a pretty rudimentary device, kinda like my second one, an RCA steel "suitcase portable" single-play 4-speed device.  Mine also featured a two-tube amp and a less ambitious speaker than yours (about 4").  But mine is steel, so it won't burn up from having the tubes right under a sheet of plywood....

Chris Campbell
Introductions / Rediscovering Tubes and Vintage Audio. Greetings from SE Michigan
« Last post by Neron on December 17, 2017, 04:07:16 PM »
Hi all,

Here it is decades later and I'm rediscovering the sound of tube amplifiers and the design of vintage audio.  I've been looking around the internet and frequency see links or references to Vintage  So I thought I would register and learn more.  Thanks, Neron
Music / Re: The Teddy Bear Polka
« Last post by electra225 on December 17, 2017, 11:41:21 AM »
The music on kiddie records is amazing, if you listen closely to it.  Name artists recorded under pseudonyms for kiddie records.  Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher and Patty Page all sang under pseudonyms.  Rosie Clooney and Gene Autry were big enough artists they recorded kiddie records using their real names.  Mitchell (Mitch) Miller got his start in kiddie records.  He and Vicky Kasen were the main orchestra leaders back then for kiddie records.  I found a picture of my first record player.  I still have it.  Mom bought this at Sears in 1946.  I have run this thing a million hours.  I had a diamond needle in it.  Pretty heady stuff for a kid in 1955.

Music / Re: The Teddy Bear Polka
« Last post by TC Chris on December 16, 2017, 10:24:49 PM »
Kiddie records were my introduction to music.  When I was very young, my parents bought a used GE radio -phono (LC-628 from 1942) for the kids.  It's a tabletop device with a single-play turntable, 78 rpm only.  It doesn't even have an idler wheel retractor device, so the idler tires gets flat spots and it goes thump-thump-thump.  They also bought a bunch of 7" kids' 78s--Golden records and a few others.  They are pretty well worn out now.

The GE is a fairly lo-fi device, with a crystal cartridge and an AC-DC chassis.  It does, however, have a six-tube circuit with an RF amp.

Chris Campbell

Chat / Re: Holiday thanks
« Last post by TC Chris on December 16, 2017, 10:15:18 PM »
We Michiganians carry our map at the ends of our arms.  Hold up your right hand, palm toward you.  I grew up at the bottom of the big space between your thumb and forefinger.  Now I live at the bottom of the little dent between your little finger and the next one.  You can make a U.P. map with your left hand, holding the thumb up against the side of the forefinger.  Very convenient.

Chris Campbell
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