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Tedrick

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Hello from Magnasota
« on: January 29, 2018, 05:40:28 PM »
Greetings audio friends!
I am a new member from the saintly city and capital of Minnesota, St. Paul MN
I have been tinkering with tube and solid state audio for awhile now.
My latest project is a 1974 Bicentennial Heritage console.

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Re: Hello from Magnasota
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2018, 07:14:37 PM »
Welcome to the forum.

That dry sink style was pretty popular and a welcome change from the dark Mediterranean styles most consoles were in mid-1970's

Is it equipped with the Micromatic record changer, rather than the BSR used in later models?

 
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Re: Hello from Magnasota
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 07:57:48 PM »
Welcome to the forum!
I don't need Google.  My wife says she knows everything.

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Re: Hello from Magnasota
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2018, 08:00:42 PM »
Welcome Aboard!
-- Aloha, Ken

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Re: Hello from Magnasota
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 08:07:58 PM »
I've been defending the aesthetic honor of those units, as compared with the disaster of "Mediterranean," for a while.  Now maybe I've got an ally!  Welcome aboard!

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Re: Hello from Magnasota
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2018, 10:57:55 PM »
Welcome!

And you have more than one ally.  I like that style also.  Sooo much better than the chipboard/contact paper/plastic stuff that all consoles came too before their deaths.  Look forward to hearing more about your treasures and seeing pictures.

Bill

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Re: Hello from Magnasota
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2018, 07:36:35 AM »
Thanks Bill -
I agree - I was surprised and how heavy this console is - the cabinet is very thick heavy wood - and the external trim face is normal cabinetry you would find on a chest of drawers -

I was not able to move this piece by myself - the early-mid 60s cabinets were so light I was able to load/unload by myself --

I'm really hoping my Queen Anne's cabinet turns out nicely so we can use it as our main system up in our living room!

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Re: Hello from Magnasota
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2018, 10:48:39 AM »
Welcome from another relative newbie!
We also really prefer the Early American aka Colonial style. I find cabinet quality really suffered starting late 60s,  but these were real furniture, they couldn't fake it so much with a dry sink! And in general some of the early '60s units and before were still really well built.