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Old 01-27-2014, 08:25 PM
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Marge's radio died. :( Any ideas?



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This is from the first time I turned on the radio after it hadn't worked in a few decades from what I am told. A few wires were pulled out. I got a schematic off ebay and soldered them in. The second it warmed up the very first sound was "halle-lu-jah" no kidding! I had to run to the house to get my camera to record this recording before the song ended.

But this morning, no warning, nothing. I started her up and the radio only makes some cracking sounds when I turn the dial.

Anyone out there know any tests or any ideas to try and fix it?

Brian

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This is from the first time I turned on the radio after it hadn't worked in a few decades from what I am told. A few wires were pulled out. I got a schematic off ebay and soldered them in. The second it warmed up the very first sound was "halle-lu-jah" no kidding! I had to run to the house to get my camera to record this recording before the song ended.

But this morning, no warning, nothing. I started her up and the radio only makes some cracking sounds when I turn the dial.

Anyone out there know any tests or any ideas to try and fix it?

Brian
Note, I am NOT a radio person but if you do not hear the buzzing sound there is a good chance the vibrator is stuck. Once in a while you can tap them and the will begin to work. That is why most old cars have dented dash boards over the radio.

Another common issue is the old radios had paper wound capacitors that break down. I know a couple of guys that redo old radios and have heard both say they replace all capacitors before they even bother to troubleshoot the radio.

I also know a fellow here who specializes in taking origional old car radios and converting them to a modern radio USING THE ORIGIONAL FACEPLATE, DIALS, AND KNOBS. It looks 100% origional.

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I have a real good solution...get over it and buy a new one!

C'mon Martin, you can let go. Just put it in the trash and never look back! You can do it!
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This is more of a home stereo forum but if it's vintage and has tubes (or solid state) they can definitely help you out!

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Pop the tubes out and run down to the drugstore................Oh, sorry, forgot its not 1965.....
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This is from the first time I turned on the radio after it hadn't worked in a few decades from what I am told. A few wires were pulled out. I got a schematic off ebay and soldered them in. The second it warmed up the very first sound was "halle-lu-jah" no kidding! I had to run to the house to get my camera to record this recording before the song ended.

But this morning, no warning, nothing. I started her up and the radio only makes some cracking sounds when I turn the dial.

Anyone out there know any tests or any ideas to try and fix it?

Brian
I remember back in the dayMost of the time , when a radio eoud quit it would be the vibarator ( looks like a large turn signal flasher ) .just a simple plug in ,if it is the power tube if my memory is correct I think it was a
ge8950 part # if it is a 12 volt don't remember the 6v #
when you turn it on ,when cold it should have a hum for a few seconds until it warms up ,if vibarator is working.

IF all else fails contact LT1,im sure he is not using his

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Pop the tubes out and run down to the drugstore................Oh, sorry, forgot its not 1965.....

I remember those days,
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Yep the Thrifty's Drugs had them right by the door when you came in.

Thanks guys for your help. I will dig into it and see. I really like the AM radio, I like driving an old car what can I say.

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I have a real good solution...get over it and buy a new one!

C'mon Martin, you can let go. Just put it in the trash and never look back! You can do it!
Blasphemy!! Tech old Man you just don't understand. Old tube type radio's have a entirely different sound. You can't make toast over a modern radio but you can over the warm glow of a old tube type radio. You can't read a map by the light of a modern radio but you can from the light emitted from a tube type radio. Stuck in a ice storm, try defrosting your fingers with a modern radio . Those chips and gizmo's won't help you but salvation will come from grasping a 12BGE or the like. If Brian were to abandon that old Motorola in Marge, why She might have to change her name to Tiffany or Ashley or some such.
No Brian, tap that vibrator or push those tubes back in their sockets. There's life still in the old girls innereds yet!

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You got that right. Problem is the home ones can burn your house down to if you aren't watching!

One of my other hobbies. A picture of my Fisher 500C at 75 total watts. That was big time power back then (60's).


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Probably nothing serious wrong with it.. As long as it's not fried from over voltage, it probably has a loose connection, bad capacitor, stuck vibrator or blown tube. Any of those are readily available...

IIRC, AMC went to transistor radios in 1964
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You got that right. Problem is the home ones can burn your house down to if you aren't watching!

One of my other hobbies. A picture of my Fisher 500C at 75 total watts. That was big time power back then.


Yes, but the sound of a tube amp is so much greater it's almost worth the risk.. They still make tube electronics and it's all for HiFi and HD Audio listening, but also super expensive
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You got that right. Problem is the home ones can burn your house down to if you aren't watching!

One of my other hobbies. A picture of my Fisher 500C at 75 total watts. That was big time power back then (60's).
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I have an old Marantz in my shop and the volume switch is going out. One speaker cuts out when I dial it up for a good tune and I have to "play" with it to get the speaker back. Any idea where I might get a replacement switch ?
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Yes, but the sound of a tube amp is so much greater it's almost worth the risk.. They still make tube electronics and it's all for HiFi and HD Audio listening, but also super expensive
yes sir ,and i will take it one step further . I buy, sell & trade Vinyl records & turntables , Mics. Hell anything music. side thing!!
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I really like the AM radio, I like driving an old car what can I say.
i like driving old cars with new tunes in them
haven't listened to radio in ages
mp3s have no commercials
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