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Post by Ron Ramirez on Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:25 pm

Hi folks,

The title of this topic says most of it. Now, here's the rest of the story...

I was introduced to this hobby in 1974 through the bi-monthly column Antique Radio Corner written by the late Jim Fred in the old Elementary Electronics magazine.

Around 1975 or so, Mr. Fred wrote a column on what was then called "classic" radio collecting. He showed a photo of a McMurdo Silver Masterpiece V or VI (I think it was a VI) with a Clifton cabinet, and a Scott Philharmonic with Beam of Light dial, in a Warrington cabinet.

I've wanted one of each of those ever since.

Almost two weeks ago, I finally acquired the McMurdo Silver Masterpiece VI...











It does not have the original 18 inch Jensen Super-Giant speaker, unfortunately...it came with a 15 inch speaker from...a Scott Philharmonic! So, in a way, I have a portion of both sets that I've wanted since I was 15 years old.

This should be a very interesting restoration. I'll be tackling this set this fall, after I finish up my 41-616. I will not be using the Philharmonic speaker in the McMurdo; I've come up with an alternative plan which I think should work out well.


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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:14 pm

Wow, Ron!
Keep us informed, will you???
Thaks.Very interesting radio.
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:42 pm

Congratulations! That is a set one doesn't see very often. Good luck on the restoration! Is that Craig Stevens on your avatar?

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Post by panther on Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:44 am

How absolutely gorgeous.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:53 am

.. And, you wanted to know if anybody was even interested?? I should say so!
Those are gorgeous sets.
Thank you. Please post more on these, and, on other sets you own. I guarantee interest here.
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Post by Ron Ramirez on Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:51 pm

19&41
Yes, the one and only Craig Stevens, aka Peter Gunn.

An E.H. Scott Allwave 23 Tasman cabinet arrived here today...photos tomorrow. Just an empty cabinet...nothing inside, yet...
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Great looking Sets!

Post by Steve Myers on Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:36 pm

Yes, they look great! A side note, In Peter Gunn, Mary Tyler Moore was his answering service, Sam. All the show ever showed, was her legs, but what a set of legs it was!

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Post by Ron Ramirez on Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:07 pm

Thanks, Steve

I don't mean to argue, but you're confusing Peter Gunn with Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050056/trivia

The only legs shown on Peter Gunn, besides Lola Albright's (Edie Hart), were some of the many female guest stars on the show...names that have been mostly forgotten in the 51 years since the show went off the air.
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Post by Guest on Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:18 pm

The only one that came close to Peters' answering service was "Mother". You couldn't confuse her with Ms. Moore!

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Post by Ron Ramirez on Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:05 pm

I had promised photos of my Scott Allwave 23 Tasman cabinet, and here they are:













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Post by Guest on Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:18 pm

It looks promising!

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Post by Ron Ramirez on Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:31 pm

I've been told that the bezels for the knobs, alone, are quite valuable. So this was a lucky find for me. Sure, the cabinet needs to be refinished and also needs a small amount of veneer regluing in front, but I've seen cabinets in much worse shape. Heck, I've owned cabinets in much worse shape. This cabinet is quite solid overall, and should be very, very nice once restored.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:37 pm

Hmmm... Looks like original powere supply had a disastor.
Probably power transformer burned up.
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Post by Steve Myers on Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:18 pm

You are right! I am wrong. I was confusing the two. I now remember Peter Gunn ans "Mother".

Thanks,
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P.S. Was it that LONG AGO? WHOW!!!!

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Post by Eliot Ness on Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:56 am

Ron Ramirez wrote:.......I will not be using the Philharmonic speaker in the McMurdo; I've come up with an alternative plan which I think should work out well.
Just curious Ron, what are you thinking of using? Nice score on the Scott cabinet, it will look absolutely beautiful when finished.

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Post by Ron Ramirez on Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:28 pm

I discovered that the 15 inch Jensen coaxial speaker used in the Scott 800B has a tapped field coil with *almost* the same DC resistances as the Super-Giant used in the McMurdo.

So I bought an 800B speaker for use in my McMurdo.

However

What I didn't count on is the fact that only early 800B sets used the speaker with the tapped field coil - later 800B sets used a permanent magnet coaxial speaker! Shocked The PM version has a 675 ohm wirewound resistor mounted in the back of the Alnico V magnet, under the cover (which is plastic on the PM speakers). This resistor is meant to mimic the 675 ohm section of the original field coil; there is nothing to replace the 9000 ohm section as, apparently, it was not needed.

So I have a 15 inch Jensen PM coaxial speaker. I shall therefore use it anyway. I'll build a small metal interface to house the needed resistors (I would rather have them in their own box than mounted on the speaker), and also to mount the audio output transformer.

I'll have to send the speaker to the Speaker Shop as the woofer's voice coil is open. The tweeter seems to be OK.

I have decided to save the Philharmonic speaker for the day when I decide to acquire a Philharmonic. Smile


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Post by antiqueradiobuff on Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:44 pm

WOW Thats One Cool Radio should be Very Simple to do the case restoration thats my favorite part to to.

I have a special way to bring back old radio cases to life email me pm me if i can help Thanks from william
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Post by sprman on Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:57 pm

Ron cool beans on the set and cabinet.I have 3 E H Scotts here .A Allwave Deluxe, Philharmonic 30 Waverly Grande cabinet its pointer dial and a Phantom AM Deluxe in Bremar cabinet. Good luck with the project.Sprman

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Post by simplex1040 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:28 pm

nice stuff
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Post by Ron Ramirez on Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:13 pm

The madness continues...

At the beginning of this month, I acquired two Scott military radios.

First, an SLRM...



and then, an RBO (all 103 pounds of it!)...



and a couple weeks later, a Scott Allwave 23 tuner chassis with all of its knobs.



It looks right at home inside the Tasman cabinet.



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Post by Guest on Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:16 pm

Looks like your'e getting them while the gettin's good!

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Post by Ron Ramirez on Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:42 pm

And, finally...I am happy to announce that I've found the other radio I've secretly wanted since age 15...



It's a Scott FM Philharmonic, in a Warrington cabinet.

I'm having it shipped here by Craters & Freighters, and I don't expect it to arrive for another 2-3 weeks or so. Am hoping it gets here safely!
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Post by Ken g on Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:03 pm

Yes .. i am interested in those . I have not seen any around here though probably because of poor areas of Idaho . It seems like this is ''jukebox country'' . I had a Scott 800B and worked on a ?? chrome Scott for a friend once but thats it .

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Post by Spivey on Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:38 pm

A very nice find. I have never seen anything McMurdo Silver or Scott. I really like the name plates front and back/MS and the dial of the Scott. All very classy and well done.

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Post by sprman on Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:58 pm

Ron looks like you got a few of them the military ones watch the bath tub caps they tend to leak ! Not very easy to work on either in places space gets a bit tight.Yes they are Boatanchors to !Sprman : )

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