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 Post subject: Rogers Majestic M25
PostPosted: Sep Tue 28, 2021 11:19 pm 
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I have this radio chassis in a North American Furniture cabinet but want to make sure I have identified it correctly

Model M25
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It is a 9 tube radio 2x551S, 2x227S, 1x551, 1x227, 2x247

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I think it is a R-951 chassis for models 725a-740a-755a 1931-2

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 Post subject: Re: Rogers Majestic M25
PostPosted: Sep Wed 29, 2021 2:31 am 
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According to the grillecloth website, you're looking at Majestic models with chassis 25 or 25B. Probably the "M25" means Majestic 25, just guessing. The models listed are 251, 253 and 254:
https://www.grillecloth.com/sylvania/tu ... ubmit&db=5

From RadioMuseum:
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/majestic_251.html
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/majestic_253.html
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/majestic_254.html

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 Post subject: Re: Rogers Majestic M25
PostPosted: Sep Wed 29, 2021 3:21 am 
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This set was listed as M25, at auction back in 2016
https://www.liveauctionworld.com/ROGERS ... _i24279261


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 Post subject: Re: Rogers Majestic M25
PostPosted: Sep Wed 29, 2021 5:24 am 
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Thanks - mine is definitely the 251

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 Post subject: Re: Rogers Majestic M25
PostPosted: Sep Wed 29, 2021 5:45 am 
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Very striking! It looks better in real life than in that catalog drawing, that's for sure.

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 Post subject: Re: Rogers Majestic M25
PostPosted: Sep Wed 29, 2021 5:58 am 
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Right, while it came from the Rogers-Majestic factory, I believe this one is named simply a Majestic. Rogers models had somewhat different cabinets. From the mid-30's on, there were often Rogers and DeForest Crosley models with maybe the same chassis but different cabinet styles, three model lines. Usually the same schematic works for all three models.

The Crosley part of the DeForest name was dropped in the early 40's when Mohawk acquired rights to that name in Canada.

The "Rogers Majestic" model name came into use in 1946 when Philips emerged as owner of the company. They dropped the DeForest name after a couple of years.

Congrats, that is a nice example of an early model.

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 Post subject: Re: Rogers Majestic M25
PostPosted: Sep Wed 29, 2021 4:04 pm 
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Yes it looks great - and with some finishing work done I think it will be really nice looking. Cabinet has a decal on it said made by North America Furniture Company, Owen Sound. They were in business 1910 - 1937 and I believe this chassis was manufactured in 1931.

I am tempted to modify it to take bluetooth as I think it would make a great functional conversation piece.


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 Post subject: Re: Rogers Majestic M25
PostPosted: Sep Wed 29, 2021 11:50 pm 
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An AM transmitter can be used for that, and there are some inexpensive models out there.
I have no problem with hard-wiring the Bluetooth to the volume control, but that bypasses the front half of the circuit. Sometimes muting the AM gives better results.
First get it playing and see if you have noise-free AM where you want the radio to sit.

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 Post subject: Re: Rogers Majestic M25
PostPosted: Sep Thu 30, 2021 3:36 am 
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A Canadian Majestic, the Rogers sets would only have "Rogers" on the escutcheon, and most of the Rogers models had three digit numbers around this time. Canadian Majestics, and Rogers sets typically shared chassis, but used different cabinets, and the Canadian Majestics often used different ones from their American siblings. To my eyes it looks like it may be an early superhet, so 1931-32 would be in the ballpark, it would probably work quite well for DXing with AM broadcast, up to 1600 KC that is. The cabinet doesn't look to bad, a good cleaning with GoJo is likely all it needs, unless the top is wrecked, the first points to loose finish are usually the legs and they look pretty good.
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 Post subject: Re: Rogers Majestic M25
PostPosted: Sep Thu 30, 2021 4:22 pm 
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The top needs refinishing but there is no damage to the wood. A few little dings on the rest but not a lot.

Not worth a full restoration - just touch ups.

Once I have changed out some capacitors and doggy wire I will see how it works.


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