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 Post subject: Recent purchase: 14 tube Silvertone 4788
PostPosted: Sep Mon 26, 2011 1:57 am 
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Here are some pictures of my new 14 tube Silvertone 4788. It has great streamline edges on it.
There are water marks on the top that I hadn't seen in the pictures that were sent to me. I have started using Old English on them and they are starting to clean up nicely. Other than that, there are 2 push buttons and one piece of trim missing.

I hope that it sounds as nice as it looks.


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 Post subject: Re: 1938 (?) 14 tube Silvertone 4788
PostPosted: Sep Mon 26, 2011 2:20 am 
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Oh the Silvertones usually wail when restored right and with a set of 6V6s in the output the thing may indeed rattle the windows!
When you restore the chassis look for a couple things,
Sometimes the sides of the chassis unbolt which makes recapping easier and dont forget to check ALL the resistors! I mean all of them, I have found the Silvertones to be really out of whack compared to the other consoles I have done from the same time period and it may be because some chassis are enclosed on the bottom making them really hot after they run for a while!
Nice set ! ! ! ! !
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 Post subject: Re: 1938 (?) 14 tube Silvertone 4788
PostPosted: Sep Mon 26, 2011 2:25 am 
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So I guessed right on the model number. You got yourself a heck of a piece of radio there.

You should be able to copy one of the existing buttons to replace the missing ones if you can't find originals. At least you have all the knobs. Great find.

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 Post subject: Re: 1938 (?) 14 tube Silvertone 4788
PostPosted: Sep Mon 26, 2011 2:42 am 
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I like how the main dial is on the upward curve of the set.
No squat, stoop or squint like Philco--but also no slant!


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 Post subject: Re: Recent purchase: 14 tube Silvertone 4788
PostPosted: Sep Tue 27, 2011 2:53 am 
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Is this a rare model? I cant find any information or pictures of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Recent purchase: 14 tube Silvertone 4788
PostPosted: Sep Tue 27, 2011 5:40 am 
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They are fairly rare sets. Of course being the "top of the line" for 1938, there were far fewer sold than the middle of the line. One BIG advantage is this doesnt have the damned Tennite dial bezel the lower level sets had. These sets were made by Stewart-Warner for Sears. Most Sears sets were made by Colonial.

That is one sexy cabinet !

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 Post subject: Re: Recent purchase: 14 tube Silvertone 4788
PostPosted: Sep Tue 27, 2011 1:15 pm 
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The Colonial-made sets seem to have more problems with the resistors than the Stewart-Warners. Still, it would be a good idea to check them.

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 Post subject: Re: Recent purchase: 14 tube Silvertone 4788
PostPosted: Sep Tue 27, 2011 1:44 pm 
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Nice looking radio, should really perform well. Its interesting, I have a model 4787, I think it has 11 tubes, but it came out in 1945, yours 1938. It has a similar dial, but the station select is round with finger holes, like an old telephone dial.

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 Post subject: Re: Recent purchase: 14 tube Silvertone 4788
PostPosted: Sep Tue 27, 2011 1:52 pm 
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I also have a 14 tube Silvertone but I had to go look at it and sure enough the model number is also stamped in the wood.

Mine is a 4688 and only has 1 speaker and cabinet looks lots different.
Also, as Mark mentioned, there is no plastic bezel on mine either.

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 Post subject: Re: Recent purchase: 14 tube Silvertone 4788
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Congratulations on snagging that one! When I was a young teeenager, a local-radio-TV shop had the chassis of one of those in their front window. I tried to get it from him, but it was a customer's; probably being held until the bill was paid...

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 Post subject: Re: Recent purchase: 14 tube Silvertone 4788
PostPosted: Sep Wed 28, 2011 11:32 pm 
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I have the plastic bezel but there is about a one inch crack on it. I have it stored so it won't get destroyed.

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