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Antique Radios And Phonographs FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Antique Radios And Phonographs.

This FAQ about Antique Radios And Phonographs was compiled and written by Hank van Cleef vancleef@netcom with numerous contributions by others.

-01 Rec.antiques.radio+phono: Introduction
This is a regular posting of frequently-asked questions (FAQ) about ...
-02 Rec.antiques.radio+phono: Charter
Discussion of the use, repair, and collecting of early standard-...
-03 Rec.antiques.radio+phono: Exclusions
Amateur radio equipment discussion will be directed to the existing ...
-04 What other newsgroups cover similar items?
There are several newsgroups covering broadcast and amateur radio;...
-05 Where can I get needles for my Victrola.
Contact the Antique Phonograph Supply Company, Route 23, Box 123, ...
-06 Where can I get replacement vacuum tubes for my radio?
There are several suppliers of tubes. Best known is ...
-07 I would like to get an old radio or an old phonograph. Where can I find one?
Generally, these items are where you find them. There are ...
-08 I found an EtherSnarf model YU4Q radio at an estate auction and got it for $125. Did I get rooked?...
...It looks complete, has ten tubes and ...
-09 My neighbor's grandfather left him a Victor spring-powered phonograph he wants to sell me for $100. Should I buy it?
As with old radios, the worth of an old phonograph is its ...
-10 I got an old Westinghouse cathedral radio from my neighbor when he cleaned out it his attic...
...He told me he put it up there when Fred ...
-11 Can I get spares for restoring my Edison phonograph---for my Atwater Kent radio.
Parts 2 and 4 of this FAQ list suppliers of spares for phonos ...
-12 Can I just jump in and fix my old radio?
I've never worked on vacuum tube equipment before but I'm a ham ...
-13 I'm all thumbs around mechanical and electronics devices. Can I find people who know how to make these things work?
Yes. You may find someone locally who still does work on ...
-14 What's the difference between this newsgroup and rec.audio.tubes.
Rec.antiques.radio+phono was created to move discussion of ...
-15 How do I subscribe to the boatanchors mailing list?
(March '96). The following instructions are the last information ...
-16 Books about phonographs
Books about phonographs are written mostly by hobbyists,...
-17 My phonograph does not work. What can I do?
-18 I have just found this wonderful windup phonograph. How can I tell if it works? I don't have time to read a book. What can I do?
Phonographs are found which look new. Others look as ...
-19 I just found some 'thick' records. How can I play them?
Many people think that the ...
-20 I just found a "Victrola." What is it worth?
Most people use the word 'Victrola' as a ...
-21 Where can I read about my Victrola?
Buy the book Look for the Dog by Robert Baumbach. ...
-22 Where can I find out about record auctions? Parts? Supplies for old phonographs?
Join MAPS, the ...
-23 I want to buy an Edison Standard. Can you name some dealers in my area?
Generally the answer to this question is unfortunately 'no.'...
-24 I just found a phonograph. I can't remember the name. Who made old phonographs anyway?
The phonograph ...
-25 Where can I learn about the history of the phonograph?
write to Allen Koenigsberg, 502 E. 17th ...
-26 What is a gramophone?
The British ...
-27 I just found an Edison cylinder player. Where can I find out about how it works?
There is one authority on Edison players, both ...
-28 Where can I find a list of cylinders which were made?
Wax cylinders made up until by Edison 1912 are ...
-29 Are there any magazines which discuss old phonographs?
Yes: Personally, the most ...
-30 What are the most common old phonographs?
The phonographs which have survived today ...
-31 Are all phonograph cyliders the same?
Not
-32 What is the difference between Victor and Victrola?
The Victor Talking Mahince ...
-33 I have some 78s I got from my family. I am afraid of hurting them with a diamond needle. How can I play such records?
-34 I've got a . What's it worth?
This is the most frequently-asked question in this newsgroup. It ...
-35 What is published to tell me what an old radio is worth?
There are some guides that list prices. The most commonly ...
-36 I just got an old radio at a yard sale for $5. It is a Radio WireTelevision Model J5. When was this radio built? Can I get it towork? Is this radio worth restoring? Can I get a schematicsomewhere.
Requests like this send everyone scrambling for their references,...
-37 I just looked at a Radio Wire Television model B45...
... It has 13 ...
-38 I saw a little table radio with a very pretty plastic case, butthe owner want hundreds of dollars for it...
... The case looks like marble, ...
-39 Correlation between price and value?
Well, if a low-tech radio is worth hundreds of dollars because of ...
-40 I keep hearing about "Neutrodyne," "Regenerative," "TRF," and"Superheterodyne." What do these terms mean?
The first home entertainment radios were crystal sets which used ...
-41 I have an old radio-phono. The radio works fine, but the phono doesn't make any sound in the loudspeaker at all. What's the deal?
Your phono pickup probably uses a Rochelle salt crystal cartridge,...
-42 Radio made in 1939 jack on the back labelled "television"
I just got an old radio that I think was made in 1939. But it has ...
-43 I have a console with 6L6's and a twelve-inch loudspeaker. Is this "high fidelity?"...
... Just what can I expect to hear from my old radio ...
-44 When was magnetic recording introduced?...
...I keep hearing ...
-45 Philco cathedral radio - Can I get it to work better than it does now?
I have a nice old Philco cathedral radio that I have listened to ...
-46 You say "electronic overhaul." Will that restore my set to like-new performance?
Generally, yes---actually, better than new. Modern resistors ...
-47 Modern components?...
... But if I put modern components like ...
-48 Philco battery-powered radio - Can I get a converter at Radio Shack?
I have a Philco battery-powered radio. It has a four-prong plug ...
-49 Dating Old Radios By Their Tube Complement
The development of vacuum tubes, both electrically and mechanically,...
-50 Dating Old Radios By Their Tube Complement p2
The tube complements are:...
-51 Dating Old Radios By Their Tube Complement p3
This version was generally not built as a price leader ...
-52 Dating Old Radios By Their Tube Complement: History and Other Designs
This ends the most common AC-DC section. Now we will ...
-53 Dating Old Radios By Their Tube Complement: p1 Older radios
Home entertainment radio began in 1920. KDKA in Pittsburgh ...
-54 Dating Old Radios By Their Tube Complement: p2 Older radios
Problems with secondary emission from the 24 were cured, more or less,...
-55 Dating Old Radios By Their Tube Complement: p3 Older radios
Development of a button seal that could be used with glass ...
-56 Where Can I Get Vacuum Tubes?
Antique Electronic ...
-57 Where can I get tubes, electronic parts, knobs, dial lenses, grille cloth, schematics, literature, refinishing supplies, etc.?
The following suppliers carry a variety of merchandise for ...
-58 p2 Where can I get tubes, electronic parts, knobs, dial lenses, grille cloth, schematics, literature, refinishing supplies, etc.?
Additional sources are contained in the following directory ...
-59 p3 Where can I get tubes, electronic parts, knobs, dial lenses, grille cloth, schematics, literature, refinishing supplies, etc.?
Periodicals--...
-60 p4 Where can I get tubes, electronic parts, knobs, dial lenses, grille cloth, schematics, literature, refinishing supplies, etc.?
Loudspeaker reconing:...
-61 p5 Where can I get tubes, electronic parts, knobs, dial lenses, grille cloth, schematics, literature, refinishing supplies, etc.?
Some other suppliers for various things:...
-62 p6 Where can I get tubes, electronic parts, knobs, dial lenses, grille cloth, schematics, literature, refinishing supplies, etc.?
Test equipment:...
-63 Where can I get literature relevant to old radio design, repair,and history?
Bibliography:...
-64 Cosmetic and cabinet finish
This section discusses some of the methods that can be used to clean ...
-65 General purpose solvents that are generally mild and easy and effectiveto use
1. Water, with or without soap. Water is actually the most ...
-66 Solvent application methodologies
The best methodology for using any of the above solvents is ...
-67 Radio and electronic phono technical
WARNING: HIGH VOLTAGE. SHOCK and FIRE hazard. ...
-68 I've got a very nice Philco tombstone radio that is only a decoration because it doesn't play. What can I do to get it to play.
This section of the FAQ addresses getting them to play as nicely ...
-69 Why does a 35Z5 or 35W4 rectifier have a number 40 or 47 bulb connected across part of the heater?
The heater serves as a voltage divider. Resistance of ...
-70 I just found a (very old tube) radio in a (barn, attic, junk sale, etc.). It's complete. Can I plug it in and see if it works?
If you didn't hear the radio playing, it would be very wise to ...
-71 Clean without damaging
The chassis of my radio is covered with a thick layer of dust, ...
-72 What about AF power amplifier bias circuits?
You can do a little inspecting to see what your radio uses....
-73 I want to plug it in. What do I look for?
OK, I've checked that the tube heaters are continuous, that the ...
-74 Nice old fifteen tube radio problems with insulation falling of the wiring
I have a nice old fifteen tube radio. It's got problems ...
-75 What about electrolytic capacitors? Can they be re-formed?
Roy Morgan sent me a drill for re-forming old caps. Keep in ...
-76 What about testing other caps?
This is also from Roy Morgan....
-77 Under radio color markings: What does this mean
I looked under my radio and there are a lot of parts with ...
-78 Tubes covered with wax - What should I do about this?
My old radio has a lot of tubes covered with wax, and some of the ...
-79 RCA model 630 ten inch TV set
I found an RCA model 630 ten inch TV set at a flea market. ...
-80 My radio plays, but the audio is distorted
-81 "All American Five" 50L6 radio
-82 What sort of tools and test equipment do I need.
A 20,000 ohms/volt multimeter is indispensible. They are ...
-83 My radio is supposed to have 295 volts on the screen of the 6L6 amplifiers. I read 303.5 on my digital voltmeter. Is something wrong?
Yes, both your expectation that the screens are supposed to read ...
-84 I don't trust the calibration of my instruments? What can I use tocheck them?
There is a good frequency standard available for free: WWV, ...
-85 Tek scope to trouble-shoot my AC-DC set, got sparks and burned out the wire
I tried to use a Tek scope to trouble-shoot my AC-DC set, but when ...
-86 I want to fix my old radio myself, and have never used a soldering iron before. What do I need to do?
Soldering equipment for radio work is discussed in section 8 of ...
-87 Replacing capacitors
Replacing all those capacitors is a lot of work. Somebody told ...
-88 Where can I get look-alike wax paper caps?
I have an early 1930's radio and want to replace the wax ...
-89 phonos and radio Tools
If you are going to work on anything yourself, you will need some ...
-90 What do you consider basic tools for working on old phonos or radios?
There are a number of common small tools for working with any ...
-91 Where do I get good tools?
You can get them from sources that sell primarily to the ...
-92 What about soldering equipment for electronics work?
All of the manufacturers that use solder to connect ...
-93 I need to solder some sheet metal, and my soldering iron won't melt the solder onto the metal.
The soldering process for electronics work is conceptually the ...
-94 Test Equipment
The most frequently asked questions are about tube testers, and ...
-95 People talk about using a "Simpson meter." I'm tired of hearing about Simpson. And what do Simpsons have to do with electronics?
The Simpson model 260, first produced right after WW II, is the ...
-96 What other test equipment is "basic" for working on old radios.
For most work, the basic instruments that will do almost ...
-97 Hickock generator vs Hewlett Packard signal generator. What's the real difference here?
I saw a Hewlett Packard signal generator at a hamfest, and, at ...
-98 What about VTVM's?...
...I notice that you can get a service grade ...
-99 What about signal tracers/analyzers. You mentioned these. What do they do?
These came in several configurations. The fanciest ones were ...
-100 Tek 535 oscilloscope with some plugins
I have a chance to get a Tek 535 oscilloscope with some plugins ...
-101 Tube tester
Ok, I've read through all the blather about meters, ...
-102 Advantages/disadvantages oftube tester by Hickok (600, 6000, others), military (TV2C)
(The following was furnished by Dan Schoo)...









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