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RCA V-302
« on: November 05, 2016, 11:10:18 PM »
I bought this one from an estate sale. I found his 78's first in the house. There was no console in the house so I figured it got tossed a long time ago but I found the console out in the garage. Pretty good styling for a console from 1941.

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Re: RCA V-302
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2016, 11:50:07 PM »
That's an interesting unit!  I'm guessing that maybe the Garrard changer was an aftermarket modification--maybe to replace a 78-only changer?

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Re: RCA V-302
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2016, 08:44:20 AM »

That's an interesting unit!  I'm guessing that maybe the Garrard changer was an aftermarket modification--maybe to replace a 78-only changer?


Yes, the V-302 came with the rather beastly RCA RP-153 changer.


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Re: RCA V-302
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2016, 06:53:58 PM »
That is a beautiful unit. I've not seen that style before. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: RCA V-302
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2016, 07:03:21 PM »
Ken said: "Yes, the V-302 came with the rather beastly RCA RP-153 changer."  I'm  the opinion that all 78 rpm changers were "beastly" devices--crude, unsophisticated, with overly heavy arms, lousy crystal cartridges, little 2-pole motors, and generally no substantial effort at fidelity (78s could actually produce some impressive sound, at least below the frequencies of the shellac noise).  My opinion is based on the ones I've seen in consumer-grade equipment, uniformly unimpressive.

Does anybody have a photo of the RP-153?   I couldn't find any in a search.

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Re: RCA V-302
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2016, 12:02:43 PM »
The RP-153 is similar to the ubiquitous RP-152.

There were some decent 78 RPM record changers, for the time, from makes like Webster-Chicago, Seeburg, and Farnsworth.  I find the RCA changers in the 78 RPM era to be beastly in comparison to the better makes.  The new crystal cartridges that came out around 1940 tracked at "only" 1 to 1-1/4 ounce, but RCA kept using a cartridge which tracked at  2-3/4 ounces right up to WWII.

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Re: RCA V-302
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2016, 07:41:48 PM »
Gee, even my friend Mr. Google won't pop up a photo of the changers in either designation. 

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Re: RCA V-302
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2016, 03:24:03 PM »
Thanks for the links.  I think I've got one of those in my storage spot. 

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