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RCA 1964 Model 4 VF 480
« on: November 05, 2016, 10:52:53 PM »
Just got this near top end (for RCA) console RCA 4 VF 480..I presume just about the last year for tube electronics from RCA.  I was surprised to see it has a 6BQ5 push pull output state for each channel.  Anybody refurbished one of these? 

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Re: RCA 1964 Model 4 VF 480
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2016, 08:31:18 PM »
Fixed the electronics (capacitors), did some tube rolling and cleaned up the changer and faceplate on the receiver.  Sounds real good, so far.
The pic was taken with my phone, sorry it's upside down.

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Re: RCA 1964 Model 4 VF 480
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2016, 08:54:46 PM »
Nice console. I have one with similar electronics but haven't touched it yet.

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Re: RCA 1964 Model 4 VF 480
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2016, 10:42:31 AM »
I found out that the specific cartridge for this particular year model RCA changer is just not available, but new needles are.  Luckily my cartridge is just fine. Very unique in that the cartridge is pivoted from the back of the cartridge.  The tone arm has a teeny tiny little nub of a brush that rests on the record when playing, and this supports the tone arm, the cartridge weight is the only thing bearing on the grooves thru the stylus. This seems like a good system for a turntable mounted in a console, as this would prevent skipping.

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Re: RCA 1964 Model 4 VF 480
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2016, 07:27:48 PM »
I decided that since I was going to keep this, I would install a cooling fan blowing on the power transformer. I spliced into the appropriate wires so the fan comes on and off with the whole stereo.  I put a plug on it, so I could remove the power amp for service, if needed.  The fan is screwed down to base of cabinet.