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JimmmyFLR

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Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« on: March 12, 2017, 12:36:29 PM »
Hi All!

Hoping this forum can help me restore my late mother's prized possession. 

Cheers,

Jimmy


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Re: Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2017, 09:56:35 PM »
You'll need to send some info about the model no. and the problems you have.  Also, we always like to see photos!  There are certain things that almost all old electronics should have done, to prevent expensive damage (i.e., replace the power supply filter capacitors at least).  There are some other capacitors that it's usually wise to replace.  And those are just the basic maintenance issues.  Beyond that, it depends on what problems your device displays.

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Re: Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2017, 10:11:35 PM »
Welcome aboard, Jimmy!



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Re: Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 01:53:24 PM »
Welcome Aboard!
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Re: Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 10:42:03 AM »
Thanks for the fine welcome everyone!

Chris, pics and description:
- 1955 Symphonette, model #TP262B
- Mag/Collaro 3-speed

Played Harry Belafonte on it yesterday, sounded pretty good, but:
- Cartridge head is a little loose;
- Primary needle position levels and plays both needles - secondary plays okay;
- Tubes are hissy;
- Loudness was dubious - that is, not very, and little bursts of voltage made Harry shout a few times;
- Under the platter looks pretty clean, but there is some dirt and old grease - what is best to clean with?

What's the best source(s) for parts/needles/cartridges/other?  I also would love to find a replacement flat knob!

THANKS!  -JMF


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Re: Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 07:07:38 PM »
For cartridges, most have had good experiences with Gary Stork at the V-M site:
http://www.thevoiceofmusic.com/start_here.html
I bought a new cartridge for my 1956 V-M console from him and he can advise regarding the right one for a Magnavox. 

For the knob, you'll need a donor unit to get an exact match.  Or you could move the middle existing knob to the outside and find a non-matching one with the right shape (the skinny shaft to fit down into the hole) to put in the middle.  That way it's symmetrical.

Your changer looks like the same one in my Grandmother's 1956 Magnasonic that I have.

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Re: Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2017, 11:02:10 AM »
Thanks for the info - and that's a good idea for the knobs - I'm into symmetry.

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Re: Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 02:05:21 PM »
Welcome!  Keep checking Ebay too, there are always odds and ends showing up.  Do a search for magnavox knobs, then bookmark it, then you can check easily each day.
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Re: Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2017, 02:27:22 PM »
Ha - I did not think to bookmark - great idea!  Thanks!

-JMF

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Re: Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2017, 10:46:42 AM »
Welcome!   I'm jealous, I missed out on one a couple of years ago.  I think they are an awesome HIFI unit.  Never heard one but I can imagine what they sound like.  Have fun with your new project!

Bill

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Re: Newbie with Mom's old Magnavox Consolette
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2017, 03:04:24 PM »
Thanks Bill!

Well, the ole gal needs plenty of massaging, but I think it'll be worth the work.  I'll keep you guys posted on my progress...

Cheers,

JMF