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Chat / New Forum!
« : July 09, 2021, 06:45:35 PM »
Hey everyone, here is a new forum to check out:

I think this might be the solution to our frustrations.  I joined, and I'm hoping you all will too.


Console Tales / Zenith Console
« : May 19, 2021, 04:48:36 PM »
The other day my cousin called, she knows I like consoles.  The conversation went like this:  "Hey Bill, I'm just leaving an estate sale in Pentwater but I wanted you to know there is this console record player and I think you should check it out."  ME: "OK, what does it look like, did you notice the brand?"  COUSIN:  "It's pretty, and it's huge and there were record stacked on top so I could not open it, but it was playing."   ME: "how did it sound?"  COUSIN:  "OK, I guess, you know me I listen to a boom box."   ME: "Where is it?"  So she told me where it was located and off I went.  For those of you that are not familiar with the area where I live, Pentwater is the next little town to the north.  I was there in less than 10 minutes.  Sure enough, it was playing, and it is huge.  Like 6 feet huge.  The cabinet was Early American and in nice shape, just the typical flea bits.  I moved the records, raised the lid, and discovered it was a Zenith.  Actually a TOTL Zenith.  It was playing an FM station so I moved the dial just to see what else it might pull in.  The unit pulled in more FM stations than anything I have, or have seen in a long time.  And, it was just using the built in FM antenna.  Now my area is small town rural, so unless you have an external antenna you really do not get all that many stations.  Needless to say I was impressed.  Not only with FM reception but with the sound that came out of this thing.  As I was looking it over I discovered two things.  One, it had all of it's paper work, and two, it had a brochure.  It turns out it's a 1969 Zenith model Z968M.  It is fully solid state.  Big separate amp, big tuner, 8 speakers, and the deluxe Zenith belt drive changer with the 45 adaptor built into the platter.  Speakers are 15" woofers, horn mid range and 4 tweeters.  The brochure states it has 320 watts of peak power, and 20-20,000 frequency range. OK, sure!  The other thing I discovered is the modern/contemporary (model Z960W or ZT960W), the one with the 4 louvers on each side is its brother.  Yup, same guts just a different cabinet.  So, what to do?  Bring it home, or leave it there?  And, if I bring it home where am I going to put it?  This was the last day of the sale and I'm figuring if no one bought it yet, no one was going too.  So what do estate sale people do with something like this, something that's left over?  The thought of it potentially going to a dumpster was more than I could bare.  Yes, it followed me home and is sitting in the garage.  I gave it a good scrubbing inside and out and a treatment of Maple flavored Howard's.  It cleaned up great, but I still need to check out the changer.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed on that one. 


Here's a link from ARF on one of the other models:

Here is a link I found with the hood up:

Sightings / Fisher custom console
« : April 25, 2021, 08:26:06 AM »
Greg spotted this on ARF, I'm not a member, and asked if I would post it here for him.  It's definitely an interesting piece and maybe someone on this forum that lives on the west coast will be interested. 

I'm not sure I agree with some of the comments that were written with the post on ARF.   Growing up friends had that Fisher receiver and a Garrard Lab 80 changer and a pair of speakers that did not have a name on them so I do not know what they were.  Their whole audio package sounded pretty impressive, and they still have it. 

Greg (Electra 225) says HI to everyone, wishes he could post and hopes you all are well. 


« : April 04, 2021, 09:54:49 AM »
Happy Easter everyone.  We have a beautiful sunny and warming up day here in West Michigan. Is everyone doing an Easter Egg hunt?  :) :)


Chat / Computer help for Greg.
« : March 19, 2021, 02:12:27 PM »
Greg (electra225) sent me an email asking me to post this message for him.  He needs help, his old computer finally give up the ghost and they had to purchase a new one.  I know it's a HP desk-top and it has Windows 10.  He said he has everything working, or hopes it is, except the forum is not functioning correctly.  What he can't do is post on the forum. He can look at everything but the little almost invisible boxes are gone.  They were there on the old computer, it was Windows 7.  And we all know it worked because he started this thread.  Does anyone have any idea where the little box went?  What would Windows 10 have that might block the boxes?  I'm typing on Windows 10 right now and I have the boxes.  Maybe something he did, or did not do to make it recognize the boxes?  If anyone has any ideas please post here in the forum and maybe we can get Greg back up and running. 

Thank you,
Bill for Greg

Wanted / Maggie volume control
« : March 14, 2021, 06:39:39 PM »
I'm in a pickle, I need a volume pot for a Magnavox Imperial.  Much to my dismay, and after a lot of doubt, I finally decided that the volume pot was bad.  I finally opened it up, and found absolutely no carbon.  I have no idea where it went, but it was gone.  This is a double volume pot.  1 meg in value with a 90K back tap.  Magnavox part number: 220151-32.  It also has Mallory part numbers listed in the Sam's, FB16T15 probably front section, RU16T15 probably rear section and this number CS3500.  The EIA code is 137 which is CTS and a build date 6135.  If anyone has any info where I might find said volume pot I would appreciate it. 

Thanks, Bill

Cabinets, Cloth, Finishes / Tolex
« : March 12, 2021, 12:46:40 PM »
I just finished recapping a Phonola multichannel portable stereo.  A friend gave it to me and I finally decided to finish the project.  I had already went thru the changer and installed a new cartridge sometime ago. This portable only has two tubes.  Both are output 50EH5's and they feed three speakers.  There is no preamp tube or rectifier tube, and it actually sounds pretty good.  So my question is:  The Tolex is in pretty good shape, just kind of looks discolored and there are a few stains.  I have tried several things to try and make it look better but have not had much luck so far.  Does anyone have any suggestions, something they use to make Tolex look more like new?  The last thing I tried was GOJO, it did the best job of getting the dirt out but nothing for the discolor or stain.

Thanks in advance!

Sightings / Pilot console stereo
« : February 05, 2021, 06:34:59 AM »
I spotted this Pilot console stereo and thought I would share.  It's one of the nicer looking units on Craig's list right now.


Sightings / Craig's list find.
« : January 29, 2021, 07:05:01 AM »
Spotted this on Craig's List and thought I would share.   I kind of reminds me a little of a Magnavox with the controls in the front. 


Record Changer Repair and Restoration / RCA 45 Changer
« : January 21, 2021, 03:56:22 PM »
I need some help with a RCA 45 changer and I'm hoping someone out there might have the answer.  I have had this RCA 45 changer (45-J-2) kicking around for several years and a couple of weeks ago I decided to overhaul it.  I ordered new motor mounts, cartridge, and both drive tires from Gary at VM.  I did a total take apart, clean, and then lubed what was shown in my manual.  After assembling it, and doing the proper adjusting per the RCA service manual I have, I gave it a road test.  I worked but still needed some fine tuning to get the tone arm to land correctly.  Once that was done, it seemed to work just fine.  I put on about 8 records and the changer played side one of all the record great.  I then flipped the records over and started playing side two.  It dropped the first record and played it, and then it started acting up.  Record number 2 started to play, maybe about two revolutions of the record and it rejected and started playing record number 3.  Same thing, it just started playing record number 3 and it rejected and started playing number 4.  That record played all the way thru and then went to record 5 which played about two revolutions and then rejected.  It kept on screwing up until all the records had cycled thru.  What the heck!  I pulled the records off the changer, install 8 new records and started over.  It did the same thing, it might play a record just fine, or it might start the rejecting thing.  Frustrated, I decided to look into it the next day.  Again, I put on 8 records and it played the first side just fine.  I turned them over and it started screwing up.  Again, I walked away and tried again the next day.  Same thing, first side played just fine, the second and all records after that played randomly.  One might work fine, the next would reject and it might continue rejecting until the whole stack was done.  So now I'm thinking this has something to do with heat.  After the unit warms up, it starts to act up.  I opened it up, looked everything over and really could not see anything wrong.  I know I must have things assembled and adjusted correctly or the first side would not play correctly.  Does anyone have any ideas what/why heat/warming up makes this changer act up?   I have done some research on line but have not found anything that really pertains to this problem.  This is a RP198 Changer.   Thanks in advance.  Bill

Chat / test post!
« : January 10, 2021, 07:33:09 PM »
Just a test to see if I have the correct box for a new post!

Sightings / RCA record player
« : October 18, 2020, 07:46:57 AM »

Sightings / RCA deluxe table radio.
« : April 25, 2020, 11:52:10 AM »
Here's another one.  It's been on there for a month and it started out at $150.00.  It was RCA's top of the line


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