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My 1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HiFi SHF6
« on: August 07, 2019, 06:30:03 PM »
Here's my 1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HiFi SHF6 phonograph that I purchased a few years ago from an old hippie in San Francisco. The thing smelled of incense  :o but it cleaned up nicely.  After a recap and lube job, this thing sounds awesome and it's my daily driver for records.  For a small amp, this thing can really rock the house!
My consoles:
1939 Zenith AM console 8S359
1949 RCA Victor AM/FM "dual phonograph" console 9W105
1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HI-FI phonograph console SHF-6
1950 Magnavox Wedgewood AM/FM phonograph console CR-216

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Re: My 1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HiFi SHF6
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2019, 07:12:31 PM »
Nice find, and nice job.  I have always liked the vintage RCA.  I hope you continue to enjoy your accomplishment.  :)


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Re: My 1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HiFi SHF6
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2019, 01:38:59 PM »
Thanks Bill, I've always liked these vintage RCAs also. Amazing how good they sound for even being Mono.
My consoles:
1939 Zenith AM console 8S359
1949 RCA Victor AM/FM "dual phonograph" console 9W105
1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HI-FI phonograph console SHF-6
1950 Magnavox Wedgewood AM/FM phonograph console CR-216

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Re: My 1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HiFi SHF6
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2019, 06:25:57 PM »
My parents had what was an early RCA home theater, somewhere around 1957 or 58.   It was a 4 piece unit. Base, record player, black and white TV, and a place for records that the TV sat on.  The record player looked like yours, but with a taller cabinet, and no legs of course.  I wish I had it, and I really wish I had a photo of it to share with the forum.  I always thought it was cool.

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Re: My 1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HiFi SHF6
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2019, 02:06:33 PM »
So my SHF6 started having low volume over the past month. I recapped the chassis a few years ago, so I figured it was the 6V6 audio output tubes that were starting to get weak...this player gets a lot of use.   I replaced the 6V6s and the volume output was still low.  I ended up finding the 2nd stage A-F amp tube 6CG7 was getting weak. Installed a new 6CG7 tube and she's back to life.... volume is as loud as ever!  First tube I've ever had to replace on any of my consoles!
My consoles:
1939 Zenith AM console 8S359
1949 RCA Victor AM/FM "dual phonograph" console 9W105
1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HI-FI phonograph console SHF-6
1950 Magnavox Wedgewood AM/FM phonograph console CR-216

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Re: My 1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HiFi SHF6
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2019, 06:40:39 PM »
That's a good thing, only one tube ever.  I wish I could say that.  :)

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Re: My 1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HiFi SHF6
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2019, 08:09:09 PM »
Tubes were always the first suspects, just because people could unplug them.  But they're actually surprisingly durable, especially when they get adequate ventilation.

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Re: My 1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HiFi SHF6
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2019, 09:09:46 PM »
I suppose the 6CG7 must be the RCA equivalent to the 6EU7 in Magnavox.   ::)
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Re: My 1958 RCA Victor New Orthophonic HiFi SHF6
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2019, 08:11:26 PM »
I like hearing RCA accolades, your SHF is an example of early stereo made to satisfy folks who could not have a console. Most 6CG7/6FQ7 tubes are long-lived, so it was probably a legit failure.

I'm working on a few tube RCA consoles this coming dark season, and I cant wait- ;D, I am even taking on a SHF-1 restoration for a HiFi friend, who is often on Facebook but not here :-\.  they all use 6CG7 amps, instead of 12AX7s. Fisher, Zenith realized nobody made a 12AX7 like the Dutch (Amperex) but I bet they cost more. Motorola went to Tung-sol for their 12AX7s, others used GE and Sylvania 12AX7

I would be willing to bet RCA adapted the high fidelity audio circuits so they could use a tube their engineering went into, plus a 6CG7 was a staple of most TV brands for horizontal oscillators and color difference amps, prior to the 6GU7.
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