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Post# 959701   9/28/2017 at 18:52 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Post# 959704 , Reply# 1   9/28/2017 at 18:56 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I have that identical stereo, only it is about 3 years newer than this one. It has a newer style amp and turntable that looks different than this one. It is the longest most massive stereo I have ever seen to be only a stereo and not a tv/stereo one.

Post# 959716 , Reply# 2   9/28/2017 at 19:13 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Apparently it's gone now!

Post# 959860 , Reply# 3   9/29/2017 at 18:35 by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        
No other photos?

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I would have enjoyed seeing the internals...rats.

Post# 959873 , Reply# 4   9/29/2017 at 19:45 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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Well, if you are familiar with RCA vintage of the late 60's early 70's it had the typical changer with the green looking head where the cartridge and needle are and the usual amp of this vintage. The one I have has an identical exterior, but with a newer changer & amp since it was built in 1972. The one I have has to be one of the very last console stereos made by RCA. Someone snagged that one quick! I don't blame them since it has a fantastic sound for a console!

Post# 959901 , Reply# 5   9/30/2017 at 11:13 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        
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I would recognize what you're describing but photos are a great bonus.

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Post# 959907 , Reply# 6   9/30/2017 at 11:29 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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I figured if you were familiar with what RCA units look like down through the years, you would know what I was talking about and appreciate it. I was just fortunate to have clicked on it right after it was posted and saw it.

Post# 960189 , Reply# 7   10/2/2017 at 09:45 by Ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        
RCA 60's

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My very first stereo console I bought(getting feetwet in collecting)was a 1962_4 RCA tubed model) and I still have another tubed model that has two doors that open to reveal tuner, TT, and speakers. It sounds very nice, though there's no speaker isolation. I'm less familiar with some of the newer SS models. I was just saying..more photos would be fun, but no biggie. I Love these old stereo consoles probably for the woodworking as much as the given expression of sound.

Post# 960212 , Reply# 8   10/2/2017 at 11:02 by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
love the quality wood cabinets also...

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but by the late '60s molded plastic elements began to take over and replace carvings as cost saving measures, some looking quite cheesy, especially in the elaborate Spanish/Mediterranean/French Provincial styles and rather over-the-top speaker "grilles"!

Post# 960279 , Reply# 9   10/2/2017 at 19:08 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        
Molded plastic

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Roger - I found that out after I took a Magnavox 6710 before really examining the lower area which was all plastic! ARGGH! How low they went to cheapen the product? They should have just stopped making quality and moved on to separates EXCLUSIVELY instead of cheapening the stereo consoles. What I hated finding out was, not only did the wheels get removed but the plastic inserts were all cracked plastic -nearly disintegrating. The receiver I took out had tabs that held it in place - all but two broke because as the plastic aged, it just became birittle. FAIR warning to restorers willing to tackle early to mid 70'S Magnavox stereo consoles. (not the astro- sonics, perhaps)...PLASTIC abounds and it will be brittle. (most don't bother with these, but it was a $500 stereo console in 1974...not so bad and sounds decent..but ugh! PLASTIC!

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Post# 960342 , Reply# 10   10/3/2017 at 01:44 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Another ting about those hideous plastic trims---they vibrate and buzz to the bass sounds from woofers---ANNNOYING!!!Someone dumpted an empty console Hi-fi cabinet at one of the transmitter sites a friend of mine and I took care of that cabinet was so ugly I took my chainsaw to it!!!!Was fun!!!!There were NO components in it.Couldn't even tell what brand it was-even the nameplates were missing.The saw ate thru the stupid plastic trim pieces with great gusto!

Post# 960450 , Reply# 11   10/3/2017 at 15:55 by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
most of the console makers...

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seemed to make nice all wood cabinets up to about 65-66-ish. Fisher and Scott were some of the holdouts, their cabinet's quality lasted a bit longer.

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