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Old 16-02-2013, 12:59
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http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=343r76q&s=6
Just about....with a lot of clanking and thumping!

Think it's from the mid 60's - I've certainly had it since I was a child taping the top 20.

Just wondering what antiques DS'ers still have knocking around and are still up to the job. B/W tellys anyone? Valve radio sets??

Please snap and post!
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Old 16-02-2013, 14:31
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Folks Still have a radio gram. Record player (33, 45, 78) , mw, lw, vhf radio, built in stereo speakers. As big as a cupboard, but i dont think the turntable Works anymore. Told them not to switch it on as its not been used in years (20+) and is full of old type valves.

Ironically saw very similar in shop window private sale the other day, 300pounds, sounds too cheap for what it is.
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Old 16-02-2013, 17:28
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I have a sinclair oxford 100 calculator - red leds.
A victorian electroshock therapy unit for nervous diseases
A B&O MX4000 tv http://www.beoworld.org/prod_details.asp?pid=635
A marrantz st 450 tuner http://www.vintagehi-fi.co.uk/st450.html - this is such an excellent piece of kit the radio is fantastic quality

Thats as good as I get.......
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Old 16-02-2013, 17:46
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A B&O Beolit 600 radio, purchased brand new in 1972 for 36.
A Sansui AU101 audio amplifier driving a pair of B&O Beovox 600 speakers also circa 1972 and finally a pair of Celestion Ditton 15 loudspeakers of similar vintage that stand proudly in my sitting room driven by a 1990's Cyrus amplifier.
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Old 16-02-2013, 19:23
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America's the "throwaway society."

i contribute to a USA based message board that is devoted to all sorts of vintage phonographic equipment, from wind up gramophones, radios, phonographs, jukeboxes etc.,

The number of times that enthusiasts over there report the finding of *Magnavox Astrosonic, phonographs (what we would call radiograms, they are affectionally known as "Maggies" by those who cherish them), which cost as much as a small car in the fifties and early sixties, either "free at the kerb" or for say, around thirty dollars at a thrift shop. These had fantastic reproduction qualities, due to sophisticated amplifiers and as many as eight speakers in some, all housed in beautifully crafted cabinets. Often these are in perfect working condition, or at worse just re-capping and the turntables de-greased and lubricated. Probably, lovingly looked after by the grandparents of grandkids who've inherited them, but just chuck 'em out as they'd rather have an iPod. But I guess if you live in a small flat, they aren't for you.

* http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2069/2...1cd3542f_z.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2176/1...9519ad27_z.jpg

I'm into vintage vinyl jukeboxes, I have two and this is my latest addition, a 1970s jukebox wall box, connected via an adapter to an iPod and thence to my 1980 Leak tuner amp and 1970s Goodmans speakers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06jp__aN0gE
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Old 16-02-2013, 19:52
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I have a sinclair oxford 100 calculator - red leds.
A victorian electroshock therapy unit for nervous diseases
A B&O MX4000 tv http://www.beoworld.org/prod_details.asp?pid=635
A marrantz st 450 tuner http://www.vintagehi-fi.co.uk/st450.html - this is such an excellent piece of kit the radio is fantastic quality

Thats as good as I get.......
That telly looks good enough and modern enough to be a top-of-the-range computer monitor now!!
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Old 16-02-2013, 21:07
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That telly looks good enough and modern enough to be a top-of-the-range computer monitor now!!
I paid very little for that tv I think about 20 possibly 4th hand (cant remember), and infact its actually really really really really good. It replaced a samsung 21" crt.which was bulky
I bought it as it was B&O, so I thought good picture, great sound. and I was right for that price you cannot go wrong.
Ok its crt and has scart and a svideo plug but its a slim fit and does the job perfectly. I has a freeview pvr a dvd player and a pc connected to it currently (svideo).

For that price would get a really crap vestel 2nd hand flat screen... Im still not bought on flat screen tv quality without spending lots of money and having an HD input.. when you can get a nice 2nd hand crt like mine at rock bottom price... waits for backlash.. tin foil hat is placed on head.
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Old 16-02-2013, 21:27
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I still regularly use a 1949 (therefore 405-line) Philips 485U TV set

Pretty good tube it has, too.

Still confused about the heater chain. Three valves in series is the norm, but in parallel? In *parallel?* In parallel???

I bet no-one on this forum can beat that for a TV
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Old 16-02-2013, 21:40
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Do wind up gramophones count? I have 3 - one 1924, one 1927 and one 1935. All work and still entertain with good sound and stability. The motor needs oiling now and again and a new needle every play but put on some swing or jazz and it sounds rock solid.
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Old 16-02-2013, 22:05
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Do wind up gramophones count? I have 3 - one 1924, one 1927 and one 1935. All work and still entertain with good sound and stability. The motor needs oiling now and again and a new needle every play but put on some swing or jazz and it sounds rock solid.
Wind-up gramophones are very much alive and well amongst enthusiasts.
For anyone who has one of these and are unaware, the sound reproduction can be greatly improved by replacing the diaphragm and gaskets in the sound box. Kits can be obtained for most makes.
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Old 17-02-2013, 12:24
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Still confused about the heater chain. Three valves in series is the norm, but in parallel? In *parallel?* In parallel???
I don't see your problem? - parallel heaters were more common than series ones, with more 'modern' valves commonly available in a number of different versions accordingly.

The first letter of 'modern' valve specifies the heater type - E is 6.3V parallel heaters, P is 300mA series heaters, and U is 100mA series heaters.

Some valves do both, for example the ECC8x series can be connected as either 6.3V parallel heaters, or 300mA series ones.

Presumably you're basing your confusion solely on the later valve TV sets, where 300mA series heaters were the norm.

49 is a bit before my time and probably a bit before series heaters as well
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Old 17-02-2013, 13:04
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I use an old (1970s) B&W TV set at my parents when I visit, bit odd watching Sky HD on it though (it's only input is the output from the Sky HD box downstairs) - it replaced my brothers Goodmans LCD TV he left behind when he moved out which has since failed.
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Old 17-02-2013, 19:40
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I mentioned "Maggies" before, but here's a Capehart phonograph on offer on eBay. I only link it to show that the technology in 1940 was quite inventive. Particularly that remote control!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1609756679...3D1%26_rdc%3D1

Here's some more information, with a video showing the record changing mechanism. It was even possible to turn the records over.

http://www.myvintagetv.com/updatepag...t/capehart.htm
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Old 18-02-2013, 09:17
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Old Garrard 301 turntable from the mid 50s / early 60s, they go for a fortune nowadays. http://www.hi-fi-insight.com/garrard...turntable.html

There is a company called Loricraft that services & refurbishes them and in fact now owns the Garrard trademark.
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Old 18-02-2013, 10:25
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I still regularly use a 1949 (therefore 405-line) Philips 485U TV set

Pretty good tube it has, too.

Still confused about the heater chain. Three valves in series is the norm, but in parallel? In *parallel?* In parallel???

I bet no-one on this forum can beat that for a TV
Obviously used with a standards converter to be able to view 625 line transmissions on a 405 line set as in this
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8159406.stm

http://www.tech-retro.com/Aurora_Des...Converter.html
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Old 18-02-2013, 14:34
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America's the "throwaway society."

i contribute to a USA based message board that is devoted to all sorts of vintage phonographic equipment, from wind up gramophones, radios, phonographs, jukeboxes etc.,

The number of times that enthusiasts over there report the finding of *Magnavox Astrosonic, phonographs (what we would call radiograms, they are affectionally known as "Maggies" by those who cherish them), which cost as much as a small car in the fifties and early sixties, either "free at the kerb" or for say, around thirty dollars at a thrift shop.
Most post-war radiograms are similarly unloved and unwanted in the UK.

http://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=26411

Large off-brand wind-up gramophones can be hard to sell too.

Cheers,
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Old 18-02-2013, 23:59
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I don't see your problem? - parallel heaters were more common than series ones, with more 'modern' valves commonly available in a number of different versions accordingly.

The first letter of 'modern' valve specifies the heater type - E is 6.3V parallel heaters, P is 300mA series heaters, and U is 100mA series heaters.
What makes this model most distinct is that the heater chain arrangements are a bit unusual. There are 3 separate 100mA chains using U series valves. These are connected in parallel to make up 300mA for the CRT heater and the PZ30. The chassis is not connected directly to mains neutral, the HT return current is passed though the focus control, hence the old trick of disconnecting the grounding from the scope will not work. Should never do this anyway, but I'm sure high-end bodgers of the 1950s got a little nasty surprise when wiring up their scopes to the return HT line!
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Old 19-02-2013, 00:00
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Obviously used with a standards converter to be able to view 625 line transmissions on a 405 line set as in this
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8159406.stm

http://www.tech-retro.com/Aurora_Des...Converter.html
Most certainly, using my trusty Aurora!
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Old 19-02-2013, 23:24
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I have a 1930s valve Pye qac2 radio that works well, Ive had it for 20 years, bought it from a house clearance shop. Ive just moved it and plugged it in again!--listening to absolute radio on mw.
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Old 20-02-2013, 01:06
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I have got a BUSH DAC Radio 1948 still works or did last time I powered it up , I also have a 1976 Philips music centre I got on Ebay working also a Sony TC50 ( the Apollo tape recorder as used on the Moon shots) from 1968 had the belts replaced it still works but a bit of wow and flutter due to worn motter !

Also have a fully restore Phillips reel to reel tape recorder circa 1970 working a Sanyo quadraphonic decoder from 1974 also a quadraphonic adapter from the 70s in operation in my vintage phillips hi fi from 1989

I love retro tech , recently bought the modern metal body Sony cassette recorder which is the direct descendant of the TC 50 as Sony have stopped production of cassette recorders 2013 marks 50 years of the compact cassette and I still use them
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