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 Post subject: 1929 Majestic Radio
PostPosted: May Thu 02, 2013 4:12 am 
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I have a 1929 majestic Radio, The specker works and all the tubes light up. When I turn the tuning gear the specker gives off a static sound. But I can't get any stations on it. Anything I can do to listen to music from it. I'm new to the whole radio world and would appreciate any information or guidiance. Thank you in advance ;)


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 Post subject: Re: 1929 Majestic Radio
PostPosted: May Thu 02, 2013 6:37 am 
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First and foremost, don't plug it in anymore. Without some examination of the chassis of the radio and no doubt replacing some critical capacitors your just begging to smoke something that is going to be very difficult to replace. Let us know what your experience is with reading schematics and soldering. Do you own any test equipment like a volt/ohm meter. It is a good sign that you got some noise out of the speaker. Don't try that again. It indicates that many of the key and expensive to replace parts are working. Most radios of that type can be brought back to safe operation for less than $50 in parts if your able to do it yourself.

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 Post subject: Re: 1929 Majestic Radio
PostPosted: May Thu 02, 2013 7:17 am 
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Thank you Jerry, I don't have any experience with antique radios nor the tools to test or fix. From what I can see all the tubes are working, they light up and nothing has overheated or smoked up. The wireing is in good shape and the whole radio over all is in good condition considering its 84 years old. I haven't been able to find a place out here in Los Angeles that can fix it or tune it up. Do you have a suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: 1929 Majestic Radio
PostPosted: May Thu 02, 2013 7:46 am 
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Perhaps someone will read here your need for service. Better chance might be to go to the "club house" forum here and ask if anyone in your area provides repair services for your radio.
Good luck, Jerry

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 Post subject: Re: 1929 Majestic Radio
PostPosted: May Thu 02, 2013 9:24 am 
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Is this a model 90B? I would have the power supply capacitors checked and/or replaced before powering it up again. If leaky, they could do damage. The originals are potted it tar boxes, but the new ones can be placed under the chassis.
The 'static' when turning the tuning control may be the variable capacitor plates rubbing together. Some had a problem with the cap assembly 'pot-metal' distorting over the years and causing the rotor/stator plates to touch (short).


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 Post subject: Re: 1929 Majestic Radio
PostPosted: May Thu 02, 2013 9:26 am 
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Thank you Jerry,
I will do that ;)


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 Post subject: Re: 1929 Majestic Radio
PostPosted: May Thu 02, 2013 9:28 am 
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Hello Wally,
It is a 90-A Model. I know very little if anything about this radio or radios in whole. But I will take you advise and do that.
Thank you for your help.


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 Post subject: Re: 1929 Majestic Radio
PostPosted: May Thu 02, 2013 11:59 am 
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You could try contacting this club:
http://www.antiqueradios.org/

They will know people that can fix it

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 Post subject: Re: 1929 Majestic Radio
PostPosted: May Thu 02, 2013 8:13 pm 
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Good link Pix, they have an internal link to club members in the So. Cal area that provide repairs. Should help the OP.

Jerry

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 Post subject: Re: 1929 Majestic Radio
PostPosted: May Fri 03, 2013 3:33 pm 
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