Author Topic: 1957 RCA SHF-3 Blonde Maple  (Read 962 times)

Paul W

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1957 RCA SHF-3 Blonde Maple
« on: June 12, 2016, 11:39:08 AM »
I picked up a nice RCA this weekend at a local sale.
« Last Edit: June 12, 2016, 02:27:41 PM by Larry H »

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Re: 1957 RCA SHF-3 Blonde Maple
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2016, 12:48:52 PM »
Sweet console! I like the blond finished cabinet.  Unmolested and all original.  Can't beat that.
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Re: 1957 RCA SHF-3 Blonde Maple
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2016, 02:28:58 PM »
That's a 1958 mono SHF-3, not an SHC-3.  I corrected that for you in the titles.

Nice find!  The cabinet is in very nice condition.

It looks to be maple, which is very rare for an RCA New Orthophonic.
--Larry

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Re: 1957 RCA SHF-3 Blonde Maple
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2016, 07:43:19 PM »
Thanks for the title correction Larry. Can you tell me what the "mark" button is for?

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Re: 1957 RCA SHF-3 Blonde Maple
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2016, 08:28:59 PM »
I found the answer to my question on the Antique Radios Forum;
The Mark/Stereo buttons are not for stereo FM, it was not even available when your unit was built. In the "Mark" position, the unit plays in mono. The "Stereo" button is utilized when you hook the console up to a unit such as the STR-2 Stereo Tape deck.

When the SHF-3 is properly connected to the tape console, you hit the "Stereo" button on the SHF-3, and then the console uses the stereo preamp in the STR-2 to control both it's own power amp and the power amp section in the SHF-3. When you use it in this mode, the volume and tone controls do not function on the SHF-3. Sounds kind of circuitous, but it works well and is a great way to listen to stereo.

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Re: 1957 RCA SHF-3 Blonde Maple
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2016, 10:53:28 PM »
Beautiful!  Bet that old gal will sing once she gets serviced!
-- Aloha, Ken

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