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This is my latest find,,Northere Electric

Post by Dan Walker on Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:57 am

I bought this at an estates sale yesterday.
 It is a Northern Electric   tombstone, model C800.. It is the largest tombstone I own standing at  22 inches tall.
 It has the original grill cloth and knobs[except one] which I have.
I might have to replace the transformer, but I really like the dial as it had no dial, just  a rotating light  that shines through a disk.
 Quite a complicated system and I am glad I don't have to repair it.
I know it will look good after I do the cabinet and it is a keeper.










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Post by Tony V on Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:24 pm

Nice radio Dan! You have some impressive ones in your collection. This one should be a stunner once you work your magic on it. I cant wait to see the final result!
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Post by Bill Cahill on Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:45 pm

Same with me and thanks for sharing!
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Post by Dan Walker on Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:29 am

I now have the radio all recapped. I hand to take out all three band switches to get at some of the caps.
The transformer was shot but I have another one and it will fit in after I drill some new holes.
I have to do some tweaking and do an alignment,
but it is coming along very well
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Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:21 am

Sounds good. May we have some pictures??

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Post by Dan Walker on Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:48 am

These are the only photos I have at the moment.
 This transformer had a short on the secondary winding so I have to use the new one I bought for my rogers 10-12.
 




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Post by Dan Walker on Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:25 am

I now have it stripped ,and it is a lot lighter than before, so I will have to use some  light walnut or Vandyke brown toner  when I get to that stage.
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Post by Dan Walker on Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:24 pm

I now have the new transformer installed and it was working fine.
Now , for some reason I can get the stations but the volume is VERY low. I can receive short wave and my Mp3 works fine with lots of volume.
Next I will pull the tubes and see if I have another set ; at least in the front end.
It will have to wait until another day, but it is coming along.
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Post by Dan Walker on Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:42 am

I found that when I was changing the caps a wire poked into the choke
and broke about 20 wires. A friend of mine had another choke so after installing it the radios worked but it would cut in and out.. So I changed all the front end tubes and now everything is working good.
After an alignment it is all set to go in the cabinet.
I do find that the tone control is quite a bit on the treble side.
It is mostly treble until I get all the way to one end of the rotation, then I get more bass.


I did try different caps in the circuit with very little effect.
I might try a different pot and see what that does.
I will post photos after the cabinet is all done.
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Post by jsweinrich on Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:54 am

Dan, nice work!!! What method of recap did you do? Restuff the old cases, replace with similar, or go with modern caps like Orange Drops?

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Post by Dan Walker on Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:26 pm

I usually just put  new caps under the chassis.
I buy my caps from ''Just radios and they are  the yellow axial
caps. I find that they are easier to install than the radial caps.
There is only one radio that I re stuffed the electrolytic, and this was for a friend of mine who had this Addison  catalin   radio.
Because of it's value I wanted to keep it as close to original as possible.
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Post by jsweinrich on Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:25 pm

Wow! Now that is a beauty!!! Thanks for the info.

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Post by Dan Walker on Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:04 pm

Today I installed the chassis in the refinished cabinet.
It took a bit of doing to get the pillars the way I wanted but it came out OK.
   This radio is one nice Canadian radio, I will probably keep it.
I installed a phono jack in the rear with a switch , to play MP3  or  radio
The radio sounds very good  with push pull 6f6 tubes.

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Post by Tony V on Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:17 pm

That's one beautiful radio! Once again, you out did yourself Dan! Great job!
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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:06 am

Fantastic job. I'd say Keep It.........

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