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#310919 30-Nov-2023 10:08
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My folks are moving house, and while going through the garage cleaning up, found this on the shelf. Apparently was working until a few years ago.

 

So, I've taken it, and will attempt to clean it up, and maybe get it going. Failing that, gut it and use as a mini PC case or throw a RPi into it for some form of music player.

 

Should be fun....... ;)

 

 

 

 





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  #3166226 30-Nov-2023 10:29
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Does it get Spotify?





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  #3166227 30-Nov-2023 10:32
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Yup, in pure digital 7.1 Dolby Surround mono.

 

 





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  #3166228 30-Nov-2023 10:33
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Found some info here..  The NZ Vintage Radio Project - HMV

 

1947 :)

 

 





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  #3166284 30-Nov-2023 11:15
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Interesting. 

 

I see the 1947 Model 476 "Windsor' - single band, was priced about $61. Noticed a valve missing (and obviously a knob on the front).

 

I know nothing about these radios - except using the very similar one my grandparents had when I was a kid in the 1950's - but maybe you can still get replacement valves on the enthusiast market?

 

One thing I remember about valve radios is that they take about 30 secs to start because they have to 'warm up'.





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  #3169080 6-Dec-2023 22:52
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xpd:

 

Found some info here..  The NZ Vintage Radio Project - HMV

 

1947 :)

 

 

 

 

Great link - thanks! I have one squirelled away in the garage, also from my parents' house. I don't immediately recognise any on that website so I'll have to fish it out and have a better look to try and identify it. I haven't dared turn it on...


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  #3169133 7-Dec-2023 08:57
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eracode:

 

I know nothing about these radios - except using the very similar one my grandparents had when I was a kid in the 1950's - but maybe you can still get replacement valves on the enthusiast market?

 

 

Hi-fi enthusiasts still use valve amplifiers, so I'm sure they're still available. 


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I doubt hi-fi gear uses such old style valves but there is a market out there, mainly in Eastern Europe I believe.  The big issue will probably be the capacitors, especially the electrolytics in the power supply.  You-tube has some interesting videos on restoring WW2 era military radios (e g. an AR88D type which I had as a ‘radio Ham’ in the late 60s).




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  #3169316 7-Dec-2023 13:48
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@Radiotron might have some knowledge on this?


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  #3169374 7-Dec-2023 15:37
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Scotdownunder:

 

I doubt hi-fi gear uses such old style valves but there is a market out there, mainly in Eastern Europe I believe.  The big issue will probably be the capacitors, especially the electrolytics in the power supply.  You-tube has some interesting videos on restoring WW2 era military radios (e g. an AR88D type which I had as a ‘radio Ham’ in the late 60s).

 

 

When we were teenagers in the 1960’s a techy mate of mine bought an ex-Navy B41 radio in a surplus auction. Can’t remember if or how he used it - but it sure looked (and weighed, at 45kg) impressive. 





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  #3169381 7-Dec-2023 16:13
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I have a friend who would completely restore it

 

Please don't damage it...


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  #3169387 7-Dec-2023 16:48
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sir1963:

 

I have a friend who would completely restore it

 

Please don't damage it...

 

 

If anything I'll strip it down but keep everything together so no parts will be damaged/broken.

 

Wont be happening till I get to new house anyway.... which at this stage is delayed till new year.

 

 

 

 





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