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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:26 am

Well, I've had this radio kicking around for at least 10-15 years, and, re-discovered it buried alive three nights ago...
It's a late 40's bakelite AM-SW table radio.
Sadly, has one crack on the bottom, and, a ratty grill cloth.
Apparently, at the time I got it, I had re capped it, and, nothing else.
Electrolytic can on top is shot.
It was missing one tube, and, alot of disconnected antenna wires missing some clips.
I got riders schematic on the web.
After much tracing, I figured out which wire is which.
The single SW loop is open, missing part of its' foil. I need to redo that.
The AM loop appears alright, but, I had to re gloo much of the foil loop GE made.
I don't like these GE foil loop antennas. They do tend to fall apart.

Last night I repaired the speaker wires, which were too short to reach speaker terminals.
I repaired the wires for connecting am antenna.
But, honestly, I found the electrolytics to be open, and, alot of electrolyte had oozed out of bottom..
This is one strange radio, and, I want to get it playing, again.
Sorry. No pics. Camera problems...

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Post by Ben Delk on Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:06 pm

Just curios.....how many working radios do you have, and how many still in the "one of these days" box?
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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:34 pm

Hard to gauge, as I'm more into tev's, and, antique phonographs than radios.
I have some table model stuff finnished. I finnished my GE J-805 console, almost finnished on both of my Magnavox 40's radios, finnished a battery RCA bakelite case, a fada battery portable, but, hard to count. I just haven't paid that close attention to radios.
On the other hand, I'm coming around the bend on 4 of my cylinder phonographs, have to clean springs in two, and, still need a lid for one. All six of the machines are playing....
I have mechanical work finnished on two Diamond Disc machines, still working on cosmetics, trying to find original cases on two to improve them.
TV's??
Most not working, some working, a couple finnished.
A couple nearly finnished.
Sveral of my 25 portable record players finnished, but, manny not.
Still looking for cartridges.
Have a playing Silvertone portable hi-fi with major motor problems.
Too much stuff to keep count on...
Laughing
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Post by Ben Delk on Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:35 pm

Crank phonograph?
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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:51 pm

The cylinder, and, Diamond Disc players are wind up made by Edison.
I restore, resurect, collect, and, enjoy my machines.....
I have resurected fully 3 of the cylinder players.
Fireside model A.
Home model B.
Standard model B.
These were all junkers when I got them....
Others have needed various repairs.
The only one I haven't had to do too much to is my Edison Amberola 30 cylinder player. It's in excellent orig. condition.
I enjoy using these machines.
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Post by Ben Delk on Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:22 pm

I recently restored a Pathe' (Rooster) crank phonograph circa 1914. Cabinet was pretty bad off so I had lots of wood to replace. The crank motor springs were busted so I had to send it off for repair since I had no idea where to start. I'll post some pix tomorrow. Beautiful old machine.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:00 pm

Nice machine, but, why are you trying to play a Victor record, lateral cut, with a vertical cut reproducer, with a pathe vert. saphire needle???
It's incorrect.
You can't be getting much sounds....
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Post by Ben Delk on Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:58 pm

Man, you don't miss anything do you. Right, not must sound but enough to be entertaining. More for display and conversation than anything else. The gentleman who gave me the player had the album in the box of junk as well. I have not looked for a vertical cut but at some point I'll check around and see if I can find something worthty of the old box. I'm a Puccini fan in that era so I'll wait until I can find Turandot or Madame ButterFly at a reasonable price. GOOD EYE...........
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Post by GaryRabbitt on Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:27 pm

Bill, on the original post, to get it working again, I assume you will replace the electrolytics. If all else is ok it should play. Neat looking cabinet, plus the SW band.
What is it that you are having trouble with on the set?
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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:27 am

I haven't tried firing it up. My big problem started with the antenna wires. I still need two clips.
Grill cloth is shot.
Replacing filters will be a nightmare. I'm not good at rebuilding cans. The chassis is crowded, and, it's a mess.
I really do want to get this set playing again.
Seems to be an unusual model.
Case is dirty, but, not in too bad shape.
The antenna was a real mess...
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Post by Ben Delk on Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:40 am

Looked it up on the internet....nice radio design............Maybe time to fix your your camera....Ha!
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Re: GE model 220

Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:44 am

Actually, I recently bought a new camera.....
Now, I have to buy a new air cond.
ARRGGHH!
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Post by GaryRabbitt on Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:34 am

With the AM/FM and the small chassis I'll bet it is tight under the chassis. Sometimes there is no room for a new cap under the chassis , and restuffing is the best way to go.
I assume it's a metal can? Looks like a 50 + 50+ and a 40 uf in there.
I carefully unsolder the leads after IDing them.. Uncrimp the rim on the bottom, remove the steel ring (ground).

Pull off the fiber disc, cut the leads.
Pull out the old rolled cap.
Connect the new caps internally. Drill small homes by the old cap lugs for the new wires to come out.

Install the new caps on the disc, soldering the leads to the correct terminal lugs.
Insert into the can, insert the steel ground ring inside the rim. Tap around the rim tp crimp it bacl and you're done.
Will check back.
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