: 1958 Motorola 15KT24  ( 933 )

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1958 Motorola 15KT24
« : April 26, 2021, 06:50:19 AM »
This past Friday I reached out to a seller on Facebook Marketplace about a '59 Motorola 3-channel Console in an early Drexel cabinet (not the uber desirable Drexel Declaration cabinet) but never heard back.  Then Saturday, while at the local antique mall shopping for my mom's birthday and Mothers Day, which are only 2 days apart this year, I came across this lovely '58 Motorola. I like it when Karma works in my favor!  The cabinet is in great condition, in a wonderful Mahogany that matches my '58 Magnavox Continental almost perfectly.  Everything currently works on it, but it does need a recap.  Watching my little kill-a-watt meter, the watt usage will ever so slowly climb up as you use it. so there are some caps starting to get leaky. In its current condition, it sounds great.  The record player works, the tuner works, but there is something going on with the string, I had to manually reach in and move the tuning capacitor by hand. All 4 speakers are Jensen branded.  This was one of the last of Motorola's premium Mono HiFi units before they released their stereo units, it was second from their top-of-the-line model and it shows. 

I also discovered a new console to lust after after finding original advertising for this one, the '58 Motorola 15KT25, which uses EL34/6CA7 output tubes, and 3 Electrovoice Speakers; 1 woofer, a mid horn, and a tweeter horn with an EV crossover network.  They apparently made a stereo version of it later in 58, with all 3 cabinets, it was 9 feet long!

Here are some pictures of my 15KT24:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/Cwj3EhPSjiSp5W2NA

Here is a link to the brochure I found, there are multiple pages to swipe through that eventually lead into other makes: 
Page 1 https://www.flickr.com/photos/29533980@N05/6274349510
Page 2 https://www.flickr.com/photos/29533980@N05/6274350390
page 3 https://www.flickr.com/photos/29533980@N05/6274353510

The 15KT25
Page 1 https://www.flickr.com/photos/29533980@N05/6273826785
Page 2 https://www.flickr.com/photos/29533980@N05/6274352488
Page 3 https://www.flickr.com/photos/29533980@N05/6274354558
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1962 Motorola SK112CW-FM, All original tubes
1958 Magnavox Continental - DIY Concert Grand!
1957 Magnavox Brittany - Amp 148 Magic!

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1958 Motorola 15KT24
« #1 : April 26, 2021, 09:11:09 AM »
Wow those are both super sleek! Nice styling and TOL components, that T25 really IS a masterpiece!
Happy Motoring! from Roger in NY

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1958 Motorola 15KT24
« #2 : April 26, 2021, 12:48:05 PM »
Ok Trevor, I'm coming down and going shopping with you!  I'm still kicking myself for not getting the same unit you just got only the one I was looking at was in Early American Maple.  You seem to have the luck going with you lately.  Are there lots of antique stores around you?  The two piece Motorola is something to behold.  I bet that will blow you right out of the room.  So is your new Motorola a keeper?

Bill

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« #3 : April 26, 2021, 04:27:32 PM »
Good lookin' unit!

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« #4 : April 27, 2021, 06:48:59 AM »
Wow those are both super sleek! Nice styling and TOL components, that T25 really IS a masterpiece!

It is indeed, a EL34 amp, high end speakers, sleek cabinet; they knew what they were doing!
My Consoles:
1962 Motorola SK112CW-FM, All original tubes
1958 Magnavox Continental - DIY Concert Grand!
1957 Magnavox Brittany - Amp 148 Magic!

TJ

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Re: 1958 Motorola 15KT24
« #5 : April 27, 2021, 06:49:46 AM »
Ok Trevor, I'm coming down and going shopping with you!  I'm still kicking myself for not getting the same unit you just got only the one I was looking at was in Early American Maple.  You seem to have the luck going with you lately.  Are there lots of antique stores around you?  The two piece Motorola is something to behold.  I bet that will blow you right out of the room.  So is your new Motorola a keeper?

Bill
Only keeping it if something else goes or my house magically grows a new room...
My Consoles:
1962 Motorola SK112CW-FM, All original tubes
1958 Magnavox Continental - DIY Concert Grand!
1957 Magnavox Brittany - Amp 148 Magic!

Bill

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« #6 : April 27, 2021, 07:07:19 AM »
Is it time for a bigger house?  ;) :)

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Re: 1958 Motorola 15KT24
« #7 : April 27, 2021, 07:15:24 AM »
Is it time for a bigger house?  ;) :)

Bill

The housing market here is kind of Crazy, if I listed my house this morning, it would probably be sold by the afternoon; Finding houses is the issue....
My Consoles:
1962 Motorola SK112CW-FM, All original tubes
1958 Magnavox Continental - DIY Concert Grand!
1957 Magnavox Brittany - Amp 148 Magic!

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Re: 1958 Motorola 15KT24
« #8 : April 27, 2021, 08:18:48 AM »
Understand, it's that way here and I think everywhere in the country.  You what to make sure you have your new house lined up before you sell your present house.

Bill

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« #9 : April 27, 2021, 08:50:23 PM »
Michigan is a housing market bargain by the standards of my coastal friends.  But I'm not paid by coastal standards, so it seems pricey to me.  When I bought my house in 1995, I called it "the small house with the large price."  I had moved from central Michigan to a shoreline community and then bought an old house in a popular neighborhood. It was popular then; it's trendy now.  People from outside the area and state are buying up houses as second homes and others are buying them as short-term rentals because this is a vacation area.

So I'm in this tiny house that's worth a small fortune and it has a new room on the back that was never finished.  It needs drywall but in the local scene there are no contractors available.  They are all building various forms of mansions for the wealthy folks.  I hung and finished the drywall in my shop but time is a more precious commodity these days so I need to hire somebody to do it (and to do it to my standards--I painted the shop in semigloss just to show off the perfect surfaces).  If the room were finished there would be more space for showing off electronic devices.

Of course, there are worse things than prosperity....

Chris Campbell

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1958 Motorola 15KT24
« #10 : May 24, 2021, 11:35:20 AM »
Nice example of the finest equipment from Motorola (EL34 rather 6V6 than to compete with Orthophonic and Magnavox?) just before stereo made it less profitable to include "twice as nice" amps/speakers in one system.
Tubes - Magical - Tubes

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« #11 : May 26, 2021, 09:26:10 AM »
Trevor's post was fascinating in that it showed a Motorola model that I had never heard of, model 15KT25.  That definitely was high end stuff in 1958.  And the Starlight changer, that too was very interesting.  Googling showed a man by the name of Robert Metzner to be the creator of the Starlight.  He also was "Roberts" tape recorders.

Bill