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Post by Guest on Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:17 am

I have this radio in maroon, I thought the series of photos is interesting;

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Post by Dr. Radio on Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:18 pm

The original builder of those "old style" electrolytics was Everett Hoard of Frontier Capacitor, rest his soul, he past a few years ago at about age 90. He restuffed/rebuilt OEM caps and sold NEW cardboard multisection caps. I don't know if the current maker bought the rights or what, but I know I was buying those style directly from him back in '95.
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Post by 75X11 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:10 am

Here's the one in the pic...

http://www.tubesandmore.com/products/C-ER33-47-160
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Post by willy3486 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:37 am

I have a couple of those radios somewhere. These types of tabletop radios are my favorite. A afternoon and they are done. Its nice to get the big wooden ones going but its also nice to get one of these running in a single sitting. I will be glad when cooler weather gets here so I have the time to tinker.

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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:26 am

Some of these have all octal tubes and some have all mini's.  Some (like this unit and mine) have a mix of both!

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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:37 am

You can see in the chassis photo where it was punched for all octal tubes.

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Post by Ragwire on Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:40 pm

I have that one or something similar. Mine uses miniatures though, not octals. Now I have to go look...I don't remember for sure.

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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:06 pm

Very nice radio. I normally don't like white radios but this particular shade of white is very nice. I like it better than my maroon.

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Post by mr_ed01 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:05 pm

Mine uses a mix of octal and miniature tubes, 12SA7, 12BA6, 12SQ7, 35W4 and 50C5.

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Post by Ragwire on Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:20 pm

MEZLAW wrote:Very nice radio. I normally don't like white radios but this particular shade of white is very nice. I like it better than my maroon.
Thanks, well, it doesn't clash with anything. I have a pink Emerson in the bathroom that looks kind of silly there, but I like it anyway. Very Happy
mr_ed01 wrote:Mine uses a mix of octal and miniature tubes, 12SA7, 12BA6, 12SQ7, 35W4 and 50C5.
I'll look tomorrow, I bet mine does but I had forgotten.
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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:40 pm

This is mine and it has not been worked on yet;

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I have seen some with Roman Numerals

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Post by Ragwire on Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:40 pm

That looks pretty intact except for the little clock knob on top. (shouldn't be impossible to find as they sold a lot of these) A little Novus 2 ought to really shine it up.
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