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1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« on: September 04, 2014, 07:11:43 PM »
Here are some photo's of a 1963 Teledyne / Packard Bell RPC-20S console that I recently rejuvenated and sold to a happy new owner that wanted something nice to play his rockabilly records on.



 
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Re: 1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2014, 07:19:02 PM »
The cabinet was in mostly good shape and responded well to a thorough cleaning. It was then treated to some Old English Scratch cover to help hide cover up some of the scuffs and blend the areas around a few small veneer chips which I chose to leave as is. The wood was then covered with 3 coats of Johnsons paste wax and hand buffed to a glorious luster!

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Re: 1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2014, 07:26:40 PM »
The "grill cloth" was a multi-layer affair with both a synthetic fabric and woven cane on top and it was glued to a single covering board that was the length of the entire front of the console!  All 6 speakers where mounted to this as well as the 2 decorative wooden uprights/dividers.

Getting this part out of the cabinet was a challenge all in its own!

 
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Re: 1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2014, 07:34:28 PM »
I cleaned the grill cloth gently using nothing more than a soft paint brush and an old cotton t-shirt moistened with plain water.


The drivers are comprised of a 12" mid/woofer and a pair of sealed back 4" per side.
« Last Edit: September 04, 2014, 07:36:22 PM by Harbourmaster »
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Re: 1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2014, 07:38:23 PM »
Ken,
Wow! that is a beautiful console, and your work is outstanding. Thanks for posting the great pictures. The amp in that looks like it was pretty nice, was it the push pull 6BQ5 model?
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2014, 07:48:31 PM »
As for the electronics they needed very little attention. I changed out all of the electrolytics and a single resistor, everything else tested out fine including all of the original tubes!  The only problems found were a frozen tuning pot, which I was eventually able to free up by applying some penetrating oil on the shaft, and then heating the shaft with my 150W American Beauty soldering iron, and a broken grounding wire on the FM Tuning Gang.

The dial glass was cleaned up and new bulbs installed along with new mounting grommets for the bezel that were sourced at the local hardware store.



 
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Re: 1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2014, 07:54:00 PM »
Apparently the amplifier in this Packard Bell is outstanding. Well known amp designer Bob Carver rebuilds these and sells them on eBay for a thousand dollars. He claims that the output transformers are perhaps the best ever designed. The frequency response on them is incredible, far beyond the limits of human hearing. The console design is very appealing as well, an outstanding take on the Danish Modern style. Pat

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Re: 1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2014, 07:55:06 PM »
Ken,
Wow! that is a beautiful console, and your work is outstanding. Thanks for posting the great pictures. The amp in that looks like it was pretty nice, was it the push pull 6BQ5 model?
Pat

Yes Pat, its model DPA30-3 with 4 6BQ5/EL84's in Push Pull... Quite a fine sounding unit!
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Re: 1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2014, 07:59:06 PM »
Yes, I'm trying to find another one of these amps to use in a project with a cool PB RPC9 Tuner/Pre that I picked up off of the-bay.

I'm hoping to find an Amp and MPX unit that I can build into a custom cabinet, along with the RPC9 to create my own "Atomic Age" Receiver!
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Re: 1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2014, 08:24:46 PM »
The Garrard Turntable in this unit probably gave me the most trouble of anything here. It required a complete dis-assembly, cleaning, lubrication and adjustments. The motor had to be completely taken apart and both armature bearings cleaned and re-lubricated, and the + power lead had to be re-soldered to the motor to get good continuity.
The cartridge had to be replaced as it was cracked in two so I used a Pfanstiel P-226 from Gary at TheVoiceOfMusic along with one of his cartridge wiring kits. I replaced the turntable mat with a brite white one to play off the white plastics of the TT, model# VM45513-C36 and cut the center hole to fit.
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Re: 1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2014, 08:29:52 PM »
Just gorgeous!

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Re: 1963 Packard Bell RPC 20S Danish Modern
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2014, 08:36:19 PM »
Sorry that there aren't any before photo's.  I got this console for free, along with an old vanity from the 1920's, from an ad on Craigslist.  After I finished with it I sold it, via CL, for almost $750!   ;D
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2014, 09:03:26 PM »
Found a couple more pictures of the speaker board!

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