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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Nov Wed 24, 2021 9:26 pm 
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Little update for everyone, I cleaned and reinstalled the tuner, what a difference! The sound is much cleaner as well. Here is Sarah Vaughan performing Broken Hearted Melody.


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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Nov Thu 25, 2021 3:33 pm 
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A true mid-60s looking classic. High school era for me.

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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Nov Thu 25, 2021 9:23 pm 
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A few years ago I saw a nice looking New Vista small cabinet Color tv at a distance in an antiques place. Heart dropped though when I got a closer look and, no chassis or picture tube.

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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Nov Fri 26, 2021 9:53 am 
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Kevin Clark wrote:
A few years ago I saw a nice looking New Vista small cabinet Color tv at a distance in an antiques place. Heart dropped though when I got a closer look and, no chassis or picture tube.


That's why I told a guy about his 1960s era Maganavox TV-Stereo combo on another thread, when he said he removed the TV that it would be best to put it back in, it's worth more with the TV in place then being just another combo unit but with a big hole in the center. Then there is the crackhead on a regional C.L site that thinks his off brand one is worth $6500 (no I did no misread it, it's been re-posted twice, and flagged by me twice!)


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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Dec Wed 08, 2021 6:37 am 
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Had taken a little break from the console over the the past week, but am back to working on it. My next hurdle is the audio side of the console. TV audio works great, but when using the AM/FM/Phono I get no sound. I guess I have a couple of questions I am hoping some of you more experienced members might be able to provide some of insight on. What is the best place to start on diagnosis? Amp is RS203C. Both 6BQ5 tubes are lit. On the RC1215D tuner all tubes also appear to be lit. When I ordered the Sams for the TV it did not include the schematics for the amp/tuner. Would anyone happen to have a copy of this? If not, back to Sams! As always, thank you for the help, it is very much appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Dec Wed 08, 2021 5:39 pm 
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Make sure the speaker wiring is correct. Over the years of having been serviced, it's easy for someone to reconnect something wrong. There is a fuse wire in the amp chassis connected between the red wire of the power transformer and the rectifiers. If it blows, there's usually little left to even suspect something was ever there.


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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Dec Wed 08, 2021 5:40 pm 
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RS-203C


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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Dec Wed 08, 2021 5:41 pm 
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RC-1215


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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Dec Wed 08, 2021 6:01 pm 
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Thank you for the advice and schematics! Iā€™ll dig in tonight and see if I can make any progress. Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Dec Thu 09, 2021 12:51 am 
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Besides checking B+ you can do the old "touch the wiper of the volume control with a screwdriver" test.

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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Dec Mon 13, 2021 7:08 pm 
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Happy to report everything is up and running! The issue was the fuse wire in the amp chassis just as described above. Used a jumper wire temporarily to test everything, which sounds fantastic. No odd humming, crackling, popping, etc. I guess my next question would be, is the fuse wire a common failure point? Is there reason for concern that it was blown? Or were these a weak point from new? Thanks as always for the input!


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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Dec Mon 13, 2021 7:53 pm 
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It's hard to say, sometimes old fuses in old equipment just blow. The first time this powered up recently the electrolytics probably pulled a bunch of current, or something similar. Put a new one in of the same value and see if it blows again. If it does then there is something more going on, but it may hold just fine.


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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Dec Mon 13, 2021 11:31 pm 
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Well, in this case there is no fuse, just a thin piece of wire that is used as a fuse. One source of fine wire is a single strand of wire from some stranded wire. Lamp cord has quite fine strands. Most other stranded wire has heaver strands. So go the the hardware store and buy one inch of lamp cord. :)
A lot of people here collect power cords cut off of equipment that is being thrown away. And we have various types of hook up wire laying around. Maybe you do too. if not then you will have to buy some wire.

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 Post subject: Re: 1964 RCA New Vista
PostPosted: Dec Tue 14, 2021 6:56 am 
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Thanks Tom! Aside from the vintage TVs and stereos we also have an assortment of classic cars. Between the two hobbies I should have some wire hiding somewhere out in the garage! Appreciate the help!!


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