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 Post subject: 1930 Philco Concert Grand Restoration Completed
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 1:21 am 
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I wanted to share another recent restoration completed. In 1930 Philco introduced the “Concert Grand” model as part of their 1930 line up. This radio was marketed toward the very wealthy with a listed price tag of $350.00. $350.00 may sound like pocket change now days, account inflation that amount of money was worth $5,257.78 back then. You could have purchased several automobiles or a house with that money back then. The Philco Concert Grand did not sell well due to the depression. Only 300 were ever manufactured. The chassis is designated as a model 296. Housed in a very ornate cabinet including two hidden swing out record storage bins as well as a single play induction disk electric player complete with magnetic electric pickup for playing records.

This is very large unit. You might be wondering about the odd shape of the cabinet. The back sides are beveled as this radio is meant to sit in the corner of a room. All components have been electrically restored. All black capacitor boxes, filter box, metal cap boxes, tone control were gutted and stuffed with brand new parts. Each resistor was replicated to look similar to the originals, new metal oxide resistors are housed within each reproduction resistor. All original wood finish still in excellent condition, only polished with a micro-crystalline type polishing paste to bring out the luster. Unit sounds great with push-pull type #45 output. Plenty of power and tone! A very rare unit to come across today.

Link to the unit playing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpiT2Og7wr0&t=210s

*Record player is demonstrated within the video.

Jon


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 Post subject: Re: 1930 Philco Concert Grand Restoration Completed
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 3:18 am 
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Beautifull! Where did you find it?

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That is BEAUTIFUL!! There's not many of these out there and yours is a very nice example.

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 Post subject: Re: 1930 Philco Concert Grand Restoration Completed
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Impressive model. looks wonderful

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 Post subject: Re: 1930 Philco Concert Grand Restoration Completed
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That appears to have the same phono setup as my 296 in the regular cabinet. Noted that the magnetic pickup connections are not shielded and that the output of phono is less than radio function. I sent the mag head out to have it restored. I guess that entailed having the old suspension reworked. But I thought that would increase the volume level and I could not hear much difference in mine. Very heavy radio. Noted low end response not like radios a few years newer with better speakers. Not that the speaker is anything but exc. quality, they just had not gotten speakers low response worked out yet. Philco Radio site has my more numerous version in June 30 but I did not see yours. Perhaps some good photos could be sent over there to add to the data.


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 Post subject: Re: 1930 Philco Concert Grand Restoration Completed
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 6:21 pm 
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Very beautiful set, Jon. Not many people get to see these beauties!
Yours is stunning!

Wazz, the speaker used in the 96 or 296 often has a very stiff suspension. I suppose it stiffens up over time.
Once I changed the cone to a type used in the year earlier with the yellowish cone and it really improved the sound quality.

Also, did the person who restored your pickup head also remagnitize the magnet? Often its responsible for a weak output.

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Great radio and top notch restoration.


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Wow! Very Nice! Love that grille cloth pattern.


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Wow, stunning!! Congrats on the awesome job!!!

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Thank you all.

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