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picard

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Motorola Masterpiece
« on: June 19, 2016, 08:36:39 PM »
Does anyone know if the Masterpiece name is TOTL or did they put that on all of them?

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Re: Motorola Masterpiece
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2016, 12:32:17 AM »
I've always liked the looks of this particular Motorola console, but a closer inspection of one with dirty grill cloth reveals it only has an 8 inch woofer on each side.  One would think a "masterpiece" would have larger speakers than that.

RCA used "Total Sound" on its consoles right after phasing out the New Orthophonics.  I had a 1962 RCA console that had that wording on the front badge.

This is the one I was referring to, and you can easily see an 8 inch woofer on each side.
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Re: Motorola Masterpiece
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2016, 11:00:42 AM »
It looks great but it is a record player only also. Will a TOTL always have the tuner

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Re: Motorola Masterpiece
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2016, 12:01:45 PM »
Not sure with this model, but many of the Motorolas from this era were three-channel units with a 15-in woofer in the center.
That is probably the case here. No tuner likely means it's not TOTL for that year. I think the Motorola SK-series were their best units, but this one is better looking in my opinion.

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Re: Motorola Masterpiece
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2016, 08:48:35 PM »
Yes, they're both 3 channel units.
The mid-range and tweeters are the "stereo"
speakers you see in Larry's photo. Woofer in the
middle of the cabinet with louvered partition.
RCA did the same with its early 1960's consoles (3-channel).

The Motorola Masterpiece was logoed on their better large
tabletops and split consoles and consoles. I've had all 3 types,
from 1955,1958,and 1959, and non had an AM/FM radio circuit,
but the same branding.

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Re: Motorola Masterpiece
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2016, 10:42:11 AM »
Most of the TOTL Motorola consoles were in Drexel Cabinets.
If that was the case with this one, it would have a badge.
I have a tuner (HK-42) that would fit this but the selector switch would need to be changed.
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