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« Reply #75 on: August 05, 2012, 07:33:14 PM »

Steve,

You CB may need a full recap. Luckily the parts are under $30. Those Japanese CB chassis from the 1960s were notorious for caps blowing like firecrackers. Especially those oil-filled .1 uf 600V babies. I restored about 2 or 3 of similar styles, and they sounded great after. I sold them to collectors. I do not collect them. I get more fun out of restoring them.
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« Reply #76 on: August 10, 2012, 09:34:37 AM »

Note to N4NYY:   If you ever see one of these at a good price, don't think twice, grab it!   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11201647

Among the toob audio crowd the Dynaco FM-3 is considered to be one of the best 'attainable' FM stereo tuners ever made.  Fisher, Scott, Macintosh, etc. built fancier and more sophisticated tooners, but back in the day they were so incredibly expensive they're unobtanium today.  Anything Dynaco fetches premium coin.

Keep and eye on this auction.  You could be amazed....................     Shocked
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« Reply #77 on: August 11, 2012, 05:22:56 AM »

Note to N4NYY:   If you ever see one of these at a good price, don't think twice, grab it!   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11201647

Among the toob audio crowd the Dynaco FM-3 is considered to be one of the best 'attainable' FM stereo tuners ever made.  Fisher, Scott, Macintosh, etc. built fancier and more sophisticated tooners, but back in the day they were so incredibly expensive they're unobtanium today.  Anything Dynaco fetches premium coin.

Keep and eye on this auction.  You could be amazed....................     Shocked

Nice! I once picked up a 1970's Pioneer receiver for $2 in severe morning dew. The idiot threw it on the grass. And by the looks of it, it had been on the grass for a few yards sales. I brought it home, and tried it out. The thing sounded incredible, except for an intermittent output. The cosmetics, including the wood side panels, were shit. The front face was fine after cleaning. I decided since the cosmetics would kill the resale value, I sold the parts, and got over $200 for the parts. Thought about possibly buying a good looking parts unit and restoring it, but there were no parts units. amazing, most on ebay were in great working and cosmetic condition.
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« Reply #78 on: August 11, 2012, 08:50:27 AM »

You stand a better chance of finding older Dynaco pieces as they were made in Philadelphia and a local favorite before they gained national recognition. Be aware they were offered in kit form and factory wired so the build quality may vary. Nice thing about the FM-3 is that it can be aligned without a signal generator (although an instrument alignment is preferred) and will sound exceptionally good when the detector transformer is perfectly nulled.

As for the Pioneer........... If it was an SX series you should dope-slap yourself for chopping it. Silver face, silver knobs, at least two meters above the tuning dial, vertical flip toggle switches for tape monitor, etc. They are still hot items among collectors. Surf eBay if you're curious about what some doofi will pay for one. I have two I scored at a local thrift shop and some of you reading this are about to drop a brick in your BVD's when you read the next paragraph:

SX-980 in super clean, near mint condition for $30 and a clean SX-1280 that plays but needs a little TLC in the switches and potentiometers for $35. Both may need a few condensers and such, but remarkably all the dial lights are still good. The Pioneer SX series was one of the better examples of a late 70's JA Super Receiver (Onkyo, Rotel and others competed) as they were large, heavy, and incredibly impressive items. The SX-980 will do an honest 80 Watts per channel and the SX-1280 is good for 180 watts per channel. If you lift either one of them you'd believe it....... The SX-1280 in particular has wrap-around heat sinks on the back so that's a clue it's an acoustic WMD (weapon of music deployment). The SX-1280 is the second largest receiver Pioneer ever made with the SX-1980 being their ultimate eargasm.

An SX-1280 looks like this:   http://www.pioneer-vintage.de/images/sx12808007.jpg
The SX-980 appears thusly:  http://www.hifi-wiki.de/images/8/82/SX980.jpg

If you hacked anything like that you deserve to live in New Jersey...........................................................     Tongue
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« Reply #79 on: August 11, 2012, 11:13:00 AM »

You stand a better chance of finding older Dynaco pieces as they were made in Philadelphia and a local favorite before they gained national recognition. Be aware they were offered in kit form and factory wired so the build quality may vary. Nice thing about the FM-3 is that it can be aligned without a signal generator (although an instrument alignment is preferred) and will sound exceptionally good when the detector transformer is perfectly nulled.

As for the Pioneer........... If it was an SX series you should dope-slap yourself for chopping it. Silver face, silver knobs, at least two meters above the tuning dial, vertical flip toggle switches for tape monitor, etc. They are still hot items among collectors. Surf eBay if you're curious about what some doofi will pay for one. I have two I scored at a local thrift shop and some of you reading this are about to drop a brick in your BVD's when you read the next paragraph:

SX-980 in super clean, near mint condition for $30 and a clean SX-1280 that plays but needs a little TLC in the switches and potentiometers for $35. Both may need a few condensers and such, but remarkably all the dial lights are still good. The Pioneer SX series was one of the better examples of a late 70's JA Super Receiver (Onkyo, Rotel and others competed) as they were large, heavy, and incredibly impressive items. The SX-980 will do an honest 80 Watts per channel and the SX-1280 is good for 180 watts per channel. If you lift either one of them you'd believe it....... The SX-1280 in particular has wrap-around heat sinks on the back so that's a clue it's an acoustic WMD (weapon of music deployment). The SX-1280 is the second largest receiver Pioneer ever made with the SX-1980 being their ultimate eargasm.

An SX-1280 looks like this:   http://www.pioneer-vintage.de/images/sx12808007.jpg
The SX-980 appears thusly:  http://www.hifi-wiki.de/images/8/82/SX980.jpg

If you hacked anything like that you deserve to live in New Jersey...........................................................     Tongue

I think it was the 980. Good working condition units were $200-400. However, is did not look like the one in the pic. It was in pretty bad shape, likely from sitting in wet grass. Wood panels were coming apart. Top was not in good shape. Face was pretty good.

The part were sold got much more than if I would have sold it in one piece. The good thing is, the parts went to collector's or repair people who keep these great receivers alive. Many of them were very grateful for the parts, because most are in one piece and at not parted out.

I had to learn the hard way as I first tried to buy a parts unit to restore mine, but there just weren't any to be had. Had the 980 not had wood panels, I think I could have saved it. But, it would not have been better than "good" condition.

Nonetheless, I made some collectors very happy. Especially for those amplifier transistors. 
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« Reply #80 on: August 11, 2012, 04:50:31 PM »

What you may not realize is that Pioneer marketed at least two dozen models in the SX series of receivers during the 70's,,,, Click this   http://www.classicaudio.com/value/pio/index.html  then scroll down near the bottom to see what I mean. There was an SX in every price range. The two I mentioned are the two I have and I did quite well, as it takes a combination of intelligence, skill and good looks to score a classic pair of high-end pieces like that.

Fortunately, I am blessed with all three virtues in great abundance.

I hate to say it, but something about your alleged ugly duckling story isn't exactly swinging the needle on my Extech Truth-O-Meter. Like, maybe there's more to the story than just a wooden cover with water damage. If the chassis was still good for the sake of a $2.00 bargain I'd have cleaned it up well enough to become a utility amplifier or shack radio. Back in the day the fake walnut cabinets were optional and plenty of Hi-Fi gear was displayed buck nekkid. Besides, it's not that difficult to build a new cover if you have a local woodworking place that can cut walnut stock to size. Use the original cover like a template to replicate the dimensions.

I have a hunch that poor, poor Pioneer SX was a senseless victim of death by soldering iron on THE WORKBENCH OF TERROR..................

Or maybe it fell off the back of a truck.      Shocked
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« Reply #81 on: August 11, 2012, 05:45:41 PM »

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I have a hunch that poor, poor Pioneer SX was a senseless victim of death by soldering iron on THE WORKBENCH OF TERROR..................

Or maybe it fell off the back of a truck.      Shocked

Nope. It funded other restore projects. And I am sure the parts helped other with their SX-980.
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« Reply #82 on: August 11, 2012, 06:33:57 PM »




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« Reply #83 on: August 11, 2012, 06:59:36 PM »


I have seen this on Facebook. LOL
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« Reply #84 on: August 16, 2012, 10:34:19 AM »

Yo, Vinnie....... If you had one of these on your radio you'd sound more like Elvis:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11037398
Here's another:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11135906

Thank You, Thank You verry mush.
BTW: Check the price it sold for.......... That's one hunka' hunka' burning mic!

And this one makes no sense at all to me:    http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11186396
Best I can figure is some guitar slinger with more money than brains wants to make toobular sound in the worst way possible. 
OTOH, if a person with a really good pompadour refurbed an old PA amp and hung a Shure 55 on the input do you suppose....  Probably been done before.  D'oh!

Note To The Peanut Gallery: Do a search on   http://shopgoodwill.com   for "microphone" and you'll find they show up regularly. Name brand goods, too, like the Shure Unidyne series, which could look kinda' nice next to a radio........ Not as nice as an original Shure 55, but for the kind of money the old 55's bring they should look better.  Cool
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« Reply #85 on: August 16, 2012, 10:53:42 AM »

Damn  man!  Those are over $200 on that site. Which means they are worth more than that!
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« Reply #86 on: August 16, 2012, 12:40:55 PM »

This is what you'd look like if you had an original Shure 55:     http://static.guim.co.uk/Guardian/arts/gallery/2008/may/14/1/PD5157289@Frank-Sinatra-sings-a-87.jpg

But you'd be thinking you look like like this:    http://www.coutant.org/photos/sep2656.jpg

BTW: While we're on the subject, this is an RCA 44-BX:  http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iOwKoL8MxmM/TvDnXkxLveI/AAAAAAAAAw4/0pVuA49HlSI/s1600/Elvis+RCA+mic.jpg  and an RCA 77-DX:   http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410CP3li3wL._SL500_AA300_.jpg  Both are ribbon microphones with a thin layer of gold foil that carries an electrostatic charge. Modern electret mics operate on the same principle, but variations on the old ribbon design continue to be used in recording studios because they're exceptionally good at reproducing the nuances of sound.

Frank had nuance. Elvis not so much, but Frank had nuance.
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« Reply #87 on: August 24, 2012, 02:03:33 PM »

Here's the start of a junk box in case anyone is obsolete-parts challenged:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11253614
Here, too:   http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11253664

Plant it, water it, make those filaments glow and someday this could fill a two car garage.

BTW:  When was the last time you saw a 300 Ohm TV antenna clothespin style quick disconnect ?
One look and I was reminded of my wasted yout. If only the first lot included a picture tube brightener, I'd go for it............   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #88 on: August 31, 2012, 07:55:22 PM »

Even though we're approaching the end of baseball season, IMHO this is one of the better portable radios ever made...

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11342866

Beitman 1966, page 168. RF amplifier ahead of the converter plus two transistors and three transformers in the IF. Should give excellent sensitivity with good selectivity, plus the radio is physically large enough to carry a full size ferrite rod antenna.

Yeah, it's transistorized, but none of us are perfect............................   Tongue
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« Reply #89 on: September 01, 2012, 10:01:34 AM »

Even though we're approaching the end of baseball season, IMHO this is one of the better portable radios ever made...

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=11342866

Beitman 1966, page 168. RF amplifier ahead of the converter plus two transistors and three transformers in the IF. Should give excellent sensitivity with good selectivity, plus the radio is physically large enough to carry a full size ferrite rod antenna.

Yeah, it's transistorized, but none of us are perfect............................   Tongue

You know what, I will take your word for it, and I will take a shot.

Oh, BTW. I picked up (just now), a GE P975B http://picclick.com/Radio-Model-15-Transistor-110919977722.html From a local yard sale down the road at a Firehouse. I paid $5. I was not going to pay that much for untested, but the seller said all the money went to the firehouse. Not bad condition.

What is the most I should pay on the Zenith?
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