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 Post subject: Can anyone ID this nice Truetone?
PostPosted: Sep Mon 13, 2021 3:48 am 
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I'm hoping to pick this sweet looking Truetone up tomorrow, can anyone identify it? It has a very "Midwest" feel to it, IMHO..... I love it! Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone ID this nice Truetone?
PostPosted: Sep Mon 13, 2021 4:14 am 
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I think it is from 1935 or 1936 but don't know the model no.

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone ID this nice Truetone?
PostPosted: Sep Mon 13, 2021 5:57 am 
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Its probably a Wells Gardner made-set, which if so, there might be markings on the chassis or the sticker on the cabinet identifying the Wells-Gardner model# which would allow you to find a schematic under that instead of trying to find one under Truetone/Western Auto.

I have a Wells Gardner from the same era under the Skyrover name and the chassis had a stamping in the sheet metal on the back that was 2B-#####. 2B ended up being the model# and the ####s were the serial number.

I only mention this because the dial and dial bezel are very similar to my 2B.

I'd be curious to learn more after you get it and have more information/pictures.


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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone ID this nice Truetone?
PostPosted: Sep Mon 13, 2021 6:18 am 
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That's actually a really good guess. The cabinet pictured as the Wells Gardner 2B at RMorg has a few stylistic cues that suggest it may be the same as the Truetone, particularly the design of the grill.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/wells_gar ... is_2b.html

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone ID this nice Truetone?
PostPosted: Sep Mon 13, 2021 5:29 pm 
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Thanks for the input! I was thinking it was a W.G. based unit because of the unmistakable dial design....

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone ID this nice Truetone?
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If it ends up being similar enough to mine, Richmond Designs makes a grill cloth pattern (Gold Herringbone) that is an exact match to the remnants of original grill cloth mine had. IDK what measurements yours will be, but I bought the largest size @24x24" and it was enough to do the console and give me enough left over for a couple future table sets.

It was a very easy set to work on, my biggest problem was replacing the canohms. One was already bypassed in the distant past but they left it in-circuit which is dicey and I figured if one went, the even bigger one below it might be a liability and eliminated both of them. I got a packet of those vinyl number stickers that electricians use inside breaker panels and numbered each wire and component I removed from the canohms and numbered the canohm tabs to match. I still managed to put one canohm in backwards but I figured that out quickly enough when the B+ voltages were wrong.

Its a very good performer and I haven't even aligned it.


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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone ID this nice Truetone?
PostPosted: Sep Tue 14, 2021 12:31 am 
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Well, I picked her up, and she's certainly a Wells Gardner. They didn't go to much trouble to hide the fact, either. :lol: She's a series OC 10 toober! The cabinet needs some love, and I usually shy away from them in this condition, but I just couldn't......


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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone ID this nice Truetone?
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Very nice Andy! Congratulations!

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone ID this nice Truetone?
PostPosted: Sep Tue 14, 2021 5:41 am 
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I found this in a 1934 "Radio Retailing" magazine which pertains to the OC series, dunno if you will find it interesting or helpful. Was hoping to find an advertisement for you but no such luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone ID this nice Truetone?
PostPosted: Sep Wed 15, 2021 5:38 am 
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Well, after a major bath and an application of "the treatment", she's a pretty 10 foot prom queen! She's nearly a virgin to boot, containing all but 1 of her "Wizard" branded tubes. The only odd one is the 80 in a GT configuration, which I have seen, but never actually had one of. I brought it up on the variac without the rectifier, and everything looked good, nothing out of the ordinary. I replaced the 80, powered it back on, got a filter hum, and the rectifier started getting red hot - I immediately powered it down. She clearly needs love, and that output transformer looks kinda suspect, too. There was wax on the bottom of the cabinet under it. :shock: The grille cloth is a small herringbone, so it'll be easy to get. You just have to look at this one too hard and it tears.
Thanks Rodney and sgath92. Any information I can get is helpful. I try to collect as much as I can on every radio I get.


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