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 Post subject: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Tue 23, 2019 9:30 pm 
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A co-worker brought this by my office this morning. He said he spotted it in someone's trash on the way to work and knew I'd give it a good home. It's a very interesting radio: 10 tubes including a 6G5 eye tube, push-pull 6L6's, and dual 5Z4 rectifiers, all in a table top cabinet. The wood appears to be fairly weathered, but none of the veneer is peeling, so maybe it just sat on someone's back porch. Dial glass has some paint problems and the plastic dial cover is non-existant. All the tubes and knobs are present, tho, and it doesn't look like it's been molested, as best I could tell thru a quick inspection. I went to put it in the car and about had a hernia. The dang thing weighs 40+ lbs!

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Tue 23, 2019 10:00 pm 
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That's a great find---Model 50 "High Fidelity".
http://www.nostalgiaair.org/pagesbymode ... 012899.pdf
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/packard_b ... _1938.html

I think the front end is similar to the 48 series--tuned RF stage, etc. but then a P-P audio output.

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Wed 24, 2019 1:02 am 
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Nice find! I've never seen one of those before.

And to think how close it came to being gone forever. Makes me shudder.

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Wed 24, 2019 3:26 am 
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I like that the tuning eye actually looks like an eye :)
I picked up a little bakelite set last week. I'm fond of
the "Stationized" dials...

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
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You mentioned PP6V6. Nice surprise to see it's actually designed for PP6L6 :D . Sad that somebody just threw it away but its got a nice home now and thats what matters.

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Wed 24, 2019 2:45 pm 
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My goof: I thought 6L6, but typed 6V6. I corrected the error.

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Wed 24, 2019 3:12 pm 
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Wow, still has the knobs, must have sat for years like that, too heavy to throw out. :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Wed 24, 2019 7:43 pm 
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Nice find! I have a model 48, and once restored displayed what an excellent receiver it truly is. With the Calif and NorthWest stationizing, you should have fun with it. 40 pounds? Haha, doubt quite that much.

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Wed 24, 2019 8:38 pm 
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Great find.
I'm puzzled by the feeds for the 6L6pp

I'm getting blurry-eyed trying to figure it out.
I think the bottom tube is fed from the 6R7 plate and I think the 6R7 grid input comes from the resistor divider signal sampling of the signal of the top 6l6's grid. ?

Top 6l6 is fed from the plate of the 6K7... and that 6k7 is fed from the vol ctrl wiper ...the vol control gets it's signal from the IF transformer?

a bit confusing... if you see it differently...

Please re-draw it with colored lines... lol

and btw.. what's all that that stuff on the SG of the 6K7... Feedback???

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Wed 24, 2019 10:43 pm 
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Here's my similar-looking cabinet model 46

viewtopic.php?t=94573

Here's a thread on my rusted chassis before and after:
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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Wed 24, 2019 11:04 pm 
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I'll put it on the scale tonight for grins, but I'm not the only one who says it's heavy:

https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/168024-1938-packard-bell-hi-fi-tube-radio-mode

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Wed 24, 2019 11:09 pm 
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Pbpix,

Your 46 turned out beautiful!

It looks like the 50 uses the same dial as the 48. I haven't checked to see what's available. With the dial cover busted on mine, the weather has gotten to the paint and caused some issues.

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Wed 24, 2019 11:54 pm 
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What a great save. I like that it is transformer operated & has a tuning eye.

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 3:05 am 
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Bathroom scale says 34.2 lbs

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 3:10 am 
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Take your time cleaning up the chassis and removing any rust like I did. Check the speaker and fix/replace cone as I did.
Then recap it and resistors too where needed.
Then once you've aligned it and it's playing nicely.. you can begin on that solid wood cabinet.
Any efforts you put into this one will reward you in the end.
Good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Packard Bell Model 50
PostPosted: Jul Thu 25, 2019 3:24 am 
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BTW
Before I did any restoration ...here's what my model 46 cabinet initially looked like when I bought it on Ebay:

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