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 Post subject: Sears Silvertone Radio Phonograph Confusion
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 8:09 pm 
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I recently received a Sears Silvertone Radio Phonograph. "Most" everything works:
- Turntable spins
- Variable speeds work
- Radio works
... But the left internal speaker (as one faces the unit) does not work

I have all of the internal wiring diagrams and was going to experiment later by seeing if the speaker would work by connecting it to the "external speaker" terminal(s)- just as a way of trying to narrow down the culprit. Before doing so however, I want to do some research in to the unit. What I am finding though, is that I have not been able to come up with anything. I am assuming that it is my inexperience with vintage radios- if anyone can point me in the right direction to find (any) info I'd greatly appreciate it!

Here are the specs (I will try and post the pics as well):
Sears Silvertone Stereo Radio Phonograph
Model No 6061 (walnut)
120 volts, 60 cycles, .57 amp., 45 watts
Radio Chassis No. 52863483
Record Changer Mech No. 52866490

(there's also a stamped number at the top of the info plate: 35274

I found the following online on Sams Photofacts, but as it is the ONLY thing I have been able to find I am not certain it is what I am looking for:
Sears Silvertone, Sears Roebuck and Co. | 6061 | Photofact | 203 - 9 | 1953

Thanks much!


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 Post subject: Re: Sears Silvertone Radio Phonograph Confusion
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 11:12 pm 
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Your Silvertone is a 1953 unit according to the Sams info. However, stereos didn't hit the US market until the 1959 model year. so either that date is incorrect or the Sams data is referring to another system entirely. Hopefully someone on this board can access the referenced Sams folder and determine if it is correct for unit or not.

I'd guess that your stereo dates from the mid-to-late 1960s since it only consume 45 watts of AC power, indicating that it is probably a solid-state unit.

Photographs of the radio dial face and the changer might allow a more precise estimate of its age.


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 Post subject: Re: Sears Silvertone Radio Phonograph Confusion
PostPosted: Jan Thu 23, 2020 11:18 pm 
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Sears reused model numbers!
Sams Photofact (pretty pictures) service manual Set-203 Folder-9 was published in 1953

Your console is from the mid 1960s

Changer 528.66490 was covered in Set-746 Folder-7
available here, thanks to Bill J. viewtopic.php?p=1824804#p1824804

Radio/tuner 528.63483 is not listed here...
https://www.samswebsite.com/en/photofac ... h&s=Search

Set-794 Folder-9 may be similar?
I don't have it.

Greg.


Edit: The complete Set-794 is on eBay for $7.70 shipped.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/323744221925


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 Post subject: Re: Sears Silvertone Radio Phonograph Confusion
PostPosted: Jan Fri 24, 2020 12:06 am 
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Some photos of Set-794 Folder-9 can be seen here...
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/dGMAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg (cover).
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/KLkAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/-kAAAOSw ... -l1600.jpg (page16).

When you are g̶o̶o̶f̶i̶n̶'̶ ̶a̶r̶o̶u̶n̶d̶/disconnecting interconnecting cables, label them with masking tape flags or directly with a sharpie.
otherwise you'll get lost when it comes to reassembly... :shock:
A digital camera makes a great aide-mémoire.

Greg.


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 Post subject: Re: Sears Silvertone Radio Phonograph Confusion
PostPosted: Jan Fri 24, 2020 1:36 am 
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Thanks, Greg- I never would have found that information on my own!

Good tip about labeling the wires and taking pictures- that’s a harsh lesson I learned awhile back while working on my 72 VW bus- talk about wonky wiring! The good thing is that the wiring diagrams inside the console are spot-on. Whew!

I was able to determine that the left speaker is fine (by swapping the right and left connectors). I’m guessing that would indicate a bad amp for the left speaker? I don’t see/feel any broken connections or bad soldering.

Thanks again!


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