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My newest... Bell And Howell 1066
« on: August 16, 2016, 12:30:05 PM »
Again, when I say this past weekend may have been my best... that might be an understatement. First, the '58 Concert Grand was found by Pat and then he told me of the B&H 1066 (battleship) console for sale. The worst part was is was mere minutes from where I work. Well with Pat's blessing ( he was offered the first right of refusal) I jumped and purchased this beast.

Now, it may not be perfect, since the legs are missing and a piece of trim above the tuner area, but what are the chances of finding one, yet alone local and affordable.

I cannot begin to thank Pat enough for everything he has done or found for me, but I guess that is what real friends do for one another....

Now, here is the question to kick around amongst the group here....

Given the chance, do you take the Concert Grand or the Bell And Howell???

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Re: My newest... Bell And Howell 1066
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2016, 03:56:28 PM »
Great finds. Like you I would have bought them both but if I had to choose it would be the B&H. It has a great style and is different.

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Re: My newest... Bell And Howell 1066
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2016, 05:00:50 PM »
Which unit is heavier, the Concert Grand or the Bell & Howell?
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Re: My newest... Bell And Howell 1066
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2016, 06:45:33 PM »
BOTH!


But if I had to choose between those two I would keep the B&H... if only because I want a 59 or 60 CG.   8)




From personal experience, the Bell & Howell is heavier Larry!



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Re: My newest... Bell And Howell 1066
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2016, 03:49:28 PM »
I'd keep the BH.  All the features and the built-in scope are just so over the top...

They seem to be twice as rare as a CG.

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Re: My newest... Bell And Howell 1066
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2016, 12:30:27 PM »
Well, the beast is in the house.


Here's the back and inside
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Re: My newest... Bell And Howell 1066
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2016, 10:18:51 PM »
That photo of the back shows us how the manufacturers ignored ventilation for tube-based equipment.  Enclosing the electronics basically put them in an oven and shortened the life of all the components.

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Re: My newest... Bell And Howell 1066
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2016, 11:57:15 AM »
Hey Chris,

maybe I could just drill a couple of port holes in the back????

kidding...

But to add to your point, look at pretty much any console, the amps usually have space to dissipate the heat load.



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Re: My newest... Bell And Howell 1066
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2016, 07:07:26 PM »
If I were going to be using the unit extensively, I think I'd make a new back that had more ventilation.  Keep the old back for authenticity and show, but use the new one when it's a "daily driver."  I've got a speaker-and-amp unit using a single-ended V-M amplifier.  Apparently some vendor stuck the amp into the speaker enclosure and offered it as a second channel when stereo was new.   It had no ventilation for the three tubes beyond the internal volume of the speaker enclosure.  The original owner gave it to me, along with the two-track stereo playback Norelco tape recorder that he bought it for.  The Norelco had stereo tape playback preamps but only one built-in power amp and speaker.   The accessory unit lost its power transformer when a filter cap went south.  It wasn't really very old at that time, so I suspect that the excess heat inside the speaker enclosure cooked the cap and probably the transformer too.  In any event, I fixed it for him, and eventually he gave both units to me.

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Re: My newest... Bell And Howell 1066
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2016, 07:10:59 PM »
While electrolytic caps are a bit frail in that regard, film caps don't care about heat nearly as much from personal experience. Could we get pictures of the speaker compliment?