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 Post subject: Need help to identify an unusual receiver
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 7:16 pm 
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We have been offered the set below as a donation & have been unable to identify the manufacturer or model.

A paper label attached to the rear chassis indicates that this was made by "MFGR 1731"

What do you think about the condition? Is there enough left to bring it back to its former glory?

Is this a rare enough set to warrant a full restoration?

Thank you very much for any help- the AWA museum appreciates your input.

73 Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Need help to identify an unusual receiver
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 7:27 pm 
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MFGR No. 1731
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 Post subject: Re: Need help to identify an unusual receiver
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 9:36 pm 
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That came from the Howard/Echophone/ Silver factory which later made Hallicrafters too.

you will want to save the speaker of course and repair it or get reconed. If you can peel the dried tape off the cone, you will find the cone was probably out of alignment, can often be pulled back into alignment doing a "wetting" trick I use. You just have to figure which way to pull the cone. Then I usually coat it with GC "Service Cement". Soaks in and stabilizes the cone. Also, this probably had a curtain burner power cord originally. Use the "diode trick" for that, with Zeners across any pilot sockets to protect during turn on surge.

ITs got a strong appeal for the "Machine Age" or "Art Deco" crowd who probably dont care if it works. Put it together and sell it on Ebay, should sell for over $200 easily.

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 Post subject: Re: Need help to identify an unusual receiver
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 5:56 am 
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Thanks for the info.... that gives me enough details to call it a Howard Deluxe unless somebody else has the same
set and can give me a model number.

Thank you Mark for the details on the speaker, when we get it we'll look it over and will apply your repair methods.
It will display nicely with the Majestic chrome speaker grill sets we have. Would you have the correct knobs that
should be on that set?



All the Best, Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Need help to identify an unusual receiver
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 8:37 am 
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I have thousands of knobs, and can make up most pairs of that era, but not for sure what it had originally. I see some images online that show that radio with simple "chicken head" knobs. Its very possible thats what it had originally. There are several versions of those knobs, all you need is a matched pair, which I can do easily if you want, but I imagine the museum has plenty of those.
Mark Oppat
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