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Chat / Chevy update
«  Bill May 04, 2021, 08:58:25 AM »
Gee Roger, you should be dead!  We are glad you survived that ordeal and wised up. I was boring growing up, all I did was go to school and starting at 13 work.  Maybe that's why at 70 I'm tired now.   :)


Electronics / Transistors and substitutions
«  Motorola Minion May 03, 2021, 03:03:24 PM »
The next SS unit to be tackled is that 67 Fisher Custom Electra E-492-CF http://www.fisherconsoles.com/custom%20electra%20e492.html

It was a free CL find about 5 years ago and, with have no fear of powering-up SS equipment as found, it was dead and I stopped there. I kept it around because the cabinet is "Country French", not excessively styled cabinet and has doors.

The 21R chassis in it is all-in-one and I sure hope the transistors are good. I have a spare 31R chassis and lots of experience with Dual 1009 record changers.
Electronics / Transistors and substitutions
«  firedome May 03, 2021, 01:37:36 PM »
While I've always prefered tubes I'm learning to like more and more SS stuff, plus it's far more available now. Scott for one I believe skipped the Germanium stage altogether and went directly to Silicon from what I've read. My '68-ish Scott 382 is Silicon based and still sounds great with no restoration. With my stiff hands and fingers and terrible eyesight these days I don't work on much of anything anymore anyhow! I have been impressed by some Maggie SS stuff as well!
RCA / 1961? RCA IVF205
«  firedome May 03, 2021, 01:31:24 PM »
Yep Dave, I think that's the one I had once, mine had the "hutch style" cabinet with the speakers mounted up high and the EM84 tuning eye.
Always liked Julian Hirsch's reviews, very straightforward, no audio-"pile" mumbo-jumbo.

Am looking casually for a 71-ish Astro-Sonic, one with orange/yellow dial numbers and a row of buttons along the L side of the dial bezel as well as the usual knobs on the R. Can't post a pic :-(
Chat / Chevy update
«  firedome May 03, 2021, 01:23:35 PM »
We all did the "young & stupid" thing, and were lucky to live to tell the tale.

My dumbest thing was major drunk driving, only once, on my '71 Suzuki T-350. At age 21 I lived in a small country town in MD and went to a field party at my friend "Chopper Charlie"s who lived on a dairy farm about 5 miles from town. Big bonfire, food, lots and lots of beer, grass &c.  Everyone was drunk/stoned etc and no-one had the sense back then to stop anyone from driving. So I got on the bike, got it kick started, got the girl I was with on the back, and headed out the dirt farm lane carefully - no traffic. But on the paved 2 lane back to town when the cars started going by I realized I was seeing 4 headlights when there were actually only 2, and I couldn't focus. Somehow we made it back to my apt and turning into the gravel parking lot off the alley out in back the rear wheel just went out from under us, bike and us landing on the side. We were lucky to only have minor "road rash" and, actually, to still be alive after that trip. Replaced the broken turn signal and side cover, and never had even 1 beer when on the bike after that! That night did teach me a lesson!
Chat / Car story
«  firedome May 03, 2021, 12:58:55 PM »
Those original Broncos were cool, I remember in '77 the last year going to the Ford dealer to look at them, they also had little Subie awd wagons in the same showroom at about 1/2 the price!

The early and some later Japanese SUVs are very capable rugged replacements. We've had a '94 Montero and '98 Trooper, then 2 xTerras (we still have those last 2).  All of them have become or are becoming cult vehicles. They've won the Paris-Dakar Rally and all are very capable extreme off-road vehicles with full boxed frames, Lo-Hi real 4wd, some have locking diffs. We love our Terras and are trying to keep our newer one forever. Wish Nissan would bring it back!  Our Archeologist son has one too and really gives his a workout!
RCA / 1961? RCA IVF205
«  Motorola Minion May 03, 2021, 12:10:54 PM »
I have a few RCA consoles that use that same tuner. RC-1192 IIRC. Not their best work at all and I don't blame you for de-commissioning it.

The 1963-64 RCA consoles used the RC-1205, a much better unit with on-board mpx and a 6FG6/EM84 tuning eye. The  4VF349 I sold picked up AM especially well, even daytime.
RCA / 1961? RCA IVF205
«  TJ May 03, 2021, 07:54:10 AM »
The speakers are installed in the RCA,  I installed a new cartridge, and it works!  https://photos.app.goo.gl/occ24Z49HdiDFz1c7

I discovered that there is no way to adjust the tracking weight of the arm, and with the new cartridge it tracks too light, hence my added weight LOL

I discovered that an old capacitor is about the right amount of weight to be added. I glued one in, but must have bumped the wire to the cartridge, and when trying to reattach, I broke the pin off of the cartridge...  OY! I have an extra cartridge to install, that'll be this evenings project

I also discovered that the radio is dead dead, 99.9% sure that is has a severe case of Silver Mica Disease in the FM section. Given this revelation, and that there are no AM stations around here, the tuner is not going to get connected.  I removed all of the tubes, disconnected the power, removed the multiplex unit, and wired in a Bluetooth receiver into the tuner input. The tuner will remain in the cabinet for looks only.   

It sounds awesome on Bluetooth, forgot to get a video on that last night. 

The only other thing that I need to do is figure out a new lid prop, the original one is shot and does not hold the lid up anymore, I have also never seen one like it before.
Wanted / Maggie volume control
«  Bill May 03, 2021, 07:38:23 AM »

That's kind of the way it was when I needed an output transformer.  Mark was recommended, so I contacted him.  He said yup, he had one and he would get back to me as soon as he located it.  After a month I reached out again, did not hear back and then about a week later one showed up.  It was the wrong one.  I contacted him again, he got right back to me, said he was sorry that he grabbed the wrong one and that he would get it right out to me.  He did, it was correct, and the radio plays.  When I reached out to him about the volume control it took about two weeks before I heard back.  He said he could provide what I needed, and about 5 days later I had it.  From what I have heard he is the go to guy for controls, and some one mentioned he has apartments so that maybe why sometimes he is slow on his turnaround.  I would have never thought about what you did Elton to make a volume pot.  You are very creative and at a much higher skill level than I am.  I'm learning, but I am very slow at understanding all the workings of this electronic stuff.  I think old age factors in.  :)


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