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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Mon 03, 2017 2:11 pm 
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Here is another comparison video, this time I am playing the same record on my Custom Motorola powered HF-5 and comparing it to my original RCA HF-5

Very interesting!



https://youtu.be/1H17FDLbVnM


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Tue 04, 2017 1:37 am 
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Sounds great! You did a really nice job on your stereo.

I'm not sure how You Tube operates, but you may be violating copyright law. If that's true, one way around it is to list the name of the song and the artist as a way of giving due credit.

Also, I like your Western Electric #302 phone.

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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Tue 04, 2017 4:28 am 
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Very nice.

The RCA had more of a brighter harsher sound.

The modified one sounded much smoother and not as bright.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Sat 08, 2017 1:18 am 
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Here is another Motorola I recently restored with some custom touches.
This is powered by a 5 tube amplifier, Two 6BQ5's Two 12AX7's and One 6Y3GT
Probably putting out a modest 5-6 watts per channel.
Please check out the pictures and enjoy Les and Larry Elgart performing "One O'Clock Jump" on Zenith's Collector Series Album.
Probably the exact type of music that was played on these huge portables back in the good old days!
Enjoy!


https://youtu.be/c9JToug4doo


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Sat 08, 2017 1:19 am 
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Here is a close up view of the turntable


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Sat 08, 2017 1:23 am 
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Two huge swing out speakers, each has a 6 inch woofer and 3 inch tweeter, housed in a wood cabinet, covered with that ultra cool alligator vinyl that was so popular in the 60's!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Sat 08, 2017 1:27 am 
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I just have to show this when it's all folded up and pretending it's a suitcase!
Probably close to 45 lbs too!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Sat 08, 2017 3:45 am 
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We had one of these when I was a kid. I think my dad brought it home around 1961 or so. My mom stacked up her LP's pretty regularly. I grew up to the likes of Jim Reeves, Tennessee Ernie Ford, lots of big bands, Hawaiian music, gospel music, etc. I played my first 45, I Want to Hold Your Hand, a million times on that old Motorola. Drove my dad nuts. It lasted until after I left home for college in 1970. Thanks for posting the pics and video.


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Tue 11, 2017 8:46 pm 
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Here is another one from my collection.
It's a 1958 Silvertone Stereo 4 Speed Phonograph
This was probably one of the first Stereo portables available to consumers.
You could walk down to your favorite Sears & Roebucks department store and shell out around $120.00 bucks, and you were the most popular kid on the block!
Of course, that was a lot of money back then, but I'll bet if you brought home report cards with all A's, your parents would spring for it!
Teenagers would get together at someone's home and they would all bring their collection of 45's in those little record boxes.
Then, they would all practice that week's latest dance craze!
The good old days!
This has a detachable speaker that has a home right under the lid.
Sounds pretty good with it's little 3 tube amplifier.
Plenty of volume to hear it above those crazy, screaming teens!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Tue 11, 2017 8:50 pm 
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Here's a few more pics of the Silvertone and a video playing my favorite Big Band tune, Les and Larry Elgart performing "One O'Clock Jump" on Zenith's Collector Series Album " Soft and Swinging" circa early 1960!


https://youtu.be/mH044nEkFp0


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Tue 11, 2017 8:51 pm 
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Really a great, lightweight portable.
Nice color combo too!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Tue 11, 2017 9:01 pm 
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Speaker detaches and can be set up to 8 feet away for great Stereo separation!
This player looks so great on my wire record player stand.
This may be a keeper!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Sun 23, 2017 7:57 pm 
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I just finished this mammoth powerhouse, Motorola SP-29 with their famous Three Channel amplifier system with 6 tubes, 5 speakers and 4 speed record changer.
Opened up, it measures 54 inches wide!
Weighing in at 54 lbs, it can just barely be called a portable!
This has such an enormous sound stage and stereo presence, and a very natural bass sound along with crystal clear high notes.
I deal for my favorite big band musicians, Les and Larry Elgart, performing " One O'Clock Jump" on Zenith's Collector Series album " Soft And Swinging"
Please enjoy the sound the way it was intended to be heard!

https://youtu.be/dK5KUB0DYKw


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Sun 23, 2017 7:58 pm 
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Another view of the Motorola SP-29


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Sun 23, 2017 8:00 pm 
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One more view showing her all buttoned up and waiting for the next party!
Those were the days!
Tubes, Tunes and Teens!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Mon 24, 2017 3:19 pm 
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Fantastic!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Mon 24, 2017 4:02 pm 
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Bob,

Very impressive sounding Motorola! Looks like new!

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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Thu 27, 2017 8:46 pm 
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Here is another Motorola SP-29 that I just finished today.
The unique thing about these is that the used a different vinyl covering and speaker fabric for this one.
I've restored quite a few of these and they always make me smile when I get done with them.
The fist time you play a record on these, you'll know why!
The stereo presence is so awesome and the bass is exactly what you would want, no sub woofer bass, but a nice understandable and pure low frequency sound.
I actually tried another type of cartridge set up in this and quite please with the output.
It's an older Sonotone cartridge with a slightly higher output, really pushes the higher frequency range.
Of course, I always test my record players by playing my favorite Big Band musicians, Les and Larry Elgart performing "One O'Clock Jump" from Zenith's Collector Series album titled " Soft And Swinging"


https://youtu.be/yXrBF-0N68g


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Jul Thu 27, 2017 8:47 pm 
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Here is a view showing the bottom, usually beat up, but this one turned out to look like new!


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 Post subject: Re: Show Us Your Phonograph Collection
PostPosted: Aug Sun 06, 2017 5:58 pm 
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I hope you guys are not getting bored with my restored Motorola's.
Here's one more I just finished this weekend.
It has the famous 6 tube amplifier with the 3 channel output.
5 speaker sound continues to amaze me with the crystal clear high notes and warm, realistic bass.
I took this one outside, and posted a video of it playing a timely classic.
Please enjoy the pictures, and watch it playing "Theme From A Summer Place" performed by Bill Justis, on Smash records.

https://youtu.be/UJYHA8_UpYk


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