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 Post subject: Crosley Super 11 Done
PostPosted: Aug Tue 13, 2013 3:07 am 
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all done, fully repaired, and restored with two new transformers.

this had a "replacement" power transformer in it from the 40's. it only supplied about 200-0-200 where a 325-0-325 was needed. half of the output transformer was open. coupling caps to the 6K6's were leaking voltage. it certainly had its share of problems. i paid 20 or 25 bucks at the local goodwill.

the tubes tested great due to the fact that they saw 150v less than they should have since the 40's.

knobs are not original. i need one knob to make my set. i have the other three. the fourth knob has the metal insert broken off. in fact, i like these knobs from the era better than the originals. but, i would like to complete my knob set to keep the radio original. someday i'll take a pic and post on the wanted forum.

this set sounds fantastic and fills the room with roaring robust sound. i just wish that it came with a 12" speaker.

here are the pics, one of before and a few of after.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
PostPosted: Aug Tue 13, 2013 4:23 am 
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That's absolutely stunning. Beautiful work, inside and out. Chassis looks SO clean and you did a very neat job. The cabinet is beautiful. Did you refinish it yourself? It came out perfect. Congratulations. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
PostPosted: Aug Tue 13, 2013 4:33 am 
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thanks radio picker,

yep, did it all myself. one member recommended the exact hammond PT which gave him extremely close schematic voltages in his radio. it did in mine as well. i have only ever replaced 'like for like' from junker chassis when it came to transformers.

believe me, with the cost of new transformers, i wanted to get the right one the first time.

i rescued the poor sap and for the money in transformers... whew ! but it was well worth it.

the grill cloth was a Joann Fabric Special.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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and i can not forget the crew on here who verified my selection of the out put transformer...

thanks guys.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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It looks great! Nice work!

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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what i did not expect to see in this were "tie points" of component leads twisted together in mid air with a dab of solder on them ! it was from the factory.

not used to that one.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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Excellent work! These are really good radios and it seems like there aren't a ton of them out there.

I've seen a couple of "floating" connections in radios before, but it was never factory work.

The only thing I would have done differently is I probably would have used a different grille cloth, but that's just me. Since you had to order a new power xfmr, I can see not wanting to spend extra on a piece big enough for a console.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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She's a beauty Steve!

Well done

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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thanks guys.

i agree, i too would have liked a more original looking cloth. but i like this one as an alternative.

this summer, i had two consoles that needed grill cloth. this crosley and my bear of a restore philco 41-258.

i was shocked to see how there was such little variety of cloth out there. AES, for example, i remember 1 or 2 (maybe 3) pages of fabric, but not now. it's all guitar stuff. i checked the other normal sources and again, i was disappointed with the selection and the choices, design, and much less the prices of them.

last year, i needed a smaller piece of grill cloth for a table radio. i found something very close to the design and it was titled "speaker fabric" on ebay. well, when i got it, it was so thick that when put over the spekaer, it muffled the sound.

it was not speaker fabric, it looked to be upholstry for cushions or drapes. i've heard people about ordering speaker fabric on ebay and not being happy.

my goal was to find something to my liking AND to be able to actually see, touch, and feel it. i like its neutral design in the cloth.

it worked out quite well at joann's. depending on the stock of the store, they may be the best kept grill cloth secret !

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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I throw my hat in on that "it worked out quite well at joann's. depending on the stock of the store, they may be the best kept grill cloth secret"

Around my town, (College Station, TX) we do have a place called Joann's Fabric. It's stocked with many choices for grill cloth. Some thicker than I like. But it's not way expensive so one can experiment a little and not break the bank. Hobby Lobby (Craft Store) has also a drapery liner (very thin & sheer? in that he right word??) that is silver and shines/reflects extremely bright with some sort of metallic coating. Some "salt & pepper w/ warm tans & browns also. The grill cloth design for this radio, I know is just downright impossible to find.

I hope mine comes out close to yours. Very special what you've accomplished!!

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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Funny, this was the one you posted listening at Christmas, never thought that I would (only a couple of days later) find this exact radio. Hummm, I'll run with that!

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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thanks.

one never knows what will happen. the day starts out normally like any other day and the next thing i know is that i'm trying to make room for nearly 50 early 1940's mint bakelite sets.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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Beautiful!

I have a Super 11 also.
What is the model Number of the transformer that you bought?
I need to replace mine as well.
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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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from my typed up notes:

Crosley Eleven (Model 1117) Radio Transformers

Crosley Power Transformer

Hammond 273CZ 325-0-325, 150mA

http://www.tubesandmore.com/products/P-T273CZ

Output Transformer

Hammond 125E

http://www.tubesandmore.com/products/P-T125E

those are what i used and it all worked out with very close to specified voltages in the set.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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Steve,

A beautiful job!

This was a lucky radio find. It's more likely than not that most other people would not have gone to the trouble like you did to make it right again. The bad transformers would have been a deal-killer for them.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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thanks.

i only have a few consoles, but the design and round dial did it for me.

steve

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Not to beat a dead horse, but that is a great job as always Steve :) .

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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what i did not expect to see in this were "tie points" of component leads twisted together in mid air with a dab of solder on them ! it was from the factory.

not used to that one.

steve


Zenith was known for doing this too. The 617 I've been playing with has the AVC distribution point in mid-air. Yup, factory! I wonder if , again, Powel was emulating Zenith... He and McDonald were good buddies back then. :wink:

Your Super 11 is a beauty! Thanks for sharing!

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thanks all (again). it's appreciated. i have a zenith cube that had mid-air soldering in it.

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 Post subject: Re: Crosley Super 11 Done
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VERY NICE!!!, Steve a chassis and cabinet well done.Its a great feeling when everything comes together
and the set comes back to life. :D Another proud restorer. :wink:

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