My Magnavox 1946 model RC-198C radio-phonograph

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My Magnavox 1946 model RC-198C radio-phonograph

Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:55 pm

I feel like I have hijacked Ron's thread, so, I have my own, now. I wish to show the progress of restoration on my Magnavox. I will show beginning, to where it sits on the bench now. It's nearly ready to go back together, and, try. I had replaced the paper caps in it sme years ago, and, just replaced the electrolytics. I did a complete cleanning of chassis, and, re painted top of power transformer, which was rusty.
Tell me what you think, guys......






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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:00 pm

....And, here are the after pictures.......











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Re: My Magnavox 1946 model RC-198C radio-phonograph

Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:18 am

I put radio together last night with the intention of trying it. While checking controls, I found tunning mechanism wasn't moving. I stopped there. After sleeping a little, I figured it out. I forgot that this system has a wonderful mechanical tunning, including the push buttons. The problem it it has gummed up. That's very repairable, but, in order to do this, It must be taken back apart, and, I must remove the top shield panel to get to the mechanism.

Oh, well.
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Re: My Magnavox 1946 model RC-198C radio-phonograph

Post by Tony V on Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:53 pm

Do you have the record changer for it?
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Re: My Magnavox 1946 model RC-198C radio-phonograph

Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:38 pm

I have a correct WC model 56 made for Magnavox for it.
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Re: My Magnavox 1946 model RC-198C radio-phonograph

Post by ve1arn on Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:30 am

Way ta go Bill! Nice work.

Looks like a set that should have decent sound too.
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Re: My Magnavox 1946 model RC-198C radio-phonograph

Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:35 am

Thanks very much. Last night, I did the job. I took it apart, and, put it on the bench. I took front panel off, and, removed the shield. With alot of work I got it working mostly well. Occasionally, one of the buttons will stick some, but, mostly not, and, tunning spins like a top....
It has a 3 ganged tuner, so, it has tuned RF. This is actually a good radio. Apparently, one of the higher end lower wattage sets......

Set uses 10 tubes.
1 5U4 rect.
2 6L6 audio Output.
1 6SN7 inverter, and, pre amp.
1 6SJ7 pre amp.
1 6SA7 Oscilator.
1 6??? RF.
2 6SK7 I F tubes.
1 6U5 Eye Tube.
Sorry I forgot number of RF.
Anyway, it's a nice set.
Hope to try it today. Still have to put it back together.....
Wish me good luck.....
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Re: My Magnavox 1946 model RC-198C radio-phonograph

Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:51 am

Great news!!!!
Tonight, I tried the radio, and, it plays... There are some bugs to overcome, but, it's playing!
I can't seem to get the adjustments for push buttons to work. I loossen the screw, tune it, etc., then, tighten it, but, it goes back to its' old setting...
Hmmmmm....
What could I be doing wrong????
Has nice fidelity. It acts like it either needs minor alignment, or, has a bad tube.
Eye is very bright, but, is barely moving at all.....
One dial light isn't working. Power transformer is great. After 40 min. of playing, it's still cool as a cucumber.
But, boy, do those power tubes smell hot!!
This set has excellent bass, and, good treble. Gets many stations. SW also works.
This baby is ALIVE!
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