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VINTAGE MAGNAVOX STEREO CONSOLE - TV, RADIO, PHONOGRAPH - $150
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Post# 738286   2/28/2014 at 15:46 (2,179 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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hese seem to be harder to come by, if they're in good condition.

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Post# 738294 , Reply# 1   2/28/2014 at 16:12 (2,179 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        

Well to begin with-
That TV isn't the original TV for that console. The console is made by Magnavox and that is a RCA TV.

Also, they have a remote control sitting in where the stereo control is. That doesn't belong to anything in that unit. Perhaps they are trying to fool someone.
Although the stereo is a Magnavox it is too old to be operated by a remote.

I would only consider that price if that unit was completely original and operational.


Post# 738298 , Reply# 2   2/28/2014 at 16:24 (2,179 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
Home Entertainment Centers of Yesteryear

We didn't have one in our house, but I thought those were fabo!!!

Post# 738302 , Reply# 3   2/28/2014 at 17:04 (2,179 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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You have to admit that they did a pretty good job of incorporating that RCA TV into that cabinet. The "fish hook" record changer dates that stereo combo to around 1960+. While that remote pictured doesn't work with that TV or stereo, actually some Maganavox TOL console stereos prior to that had wireless remote. My 1959 CG let's you operate the signal-seeking radio, change records and adjust volume...on/off too. This is an RF remote, very innovative for the 1950's.

Post# 738304 , Reply# 4   2/28/2014 at 17:19 (2,179 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
at least they mentioned it in the ad..

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Tomturbomatic - have to agree - would rather have everything original. I like the consoles that allow the door to close over the tv, too.

" The Magnavox Color Stereo Theatre features an Astro-Sonic AM/FM radio with Micromatic Record Changer. The television has been replaced with a (25 inch RCA XL-100). I tested the record player and the radio, both seem to work just fine. The TV turned on but with out an antenna, I could not verify the turner
The exterior cabinet is in good condition and has been well maintained. Not to much I can say about an old piece of history."

Twintubdexter - what a cool, cool looking old remote. I have been collecting a few old remotes, but don't have anything like that one.


Post# 738342 , Reply# 5   2/28/2014 at 19:26 (2,179 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
Phil...

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The Concert Grand's remote is a complex thing considering it only performs a limited number of functions. Magnavox often had to send a technichan out since each function's radio signal from the remote had to be fine-tuned to the console's receiver. The remote I have is new, it's never had a battery (special order) installed. I'm not sure all the functions would work and I have no idea how to fine tune it. In addition, I'm sure all the techs that used to do this are either dead or in "The Home." Maybe I should ask around tonight before "lights out" at 8:30.

This is the receiving unit in the stereo that operates the remote. Fortunately there's an on/off switch in the changer compartment to save electricity when it's not in use...helps slightly reduce the power-hungry 40 vacuum tubes.




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Post# 738382 , Reply# 6   2/28/2014 at 21:06 (2,179 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Probably remotely controlling the clouds with Tesla

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So how many of the 40 valves (love that British terminology)..tubes are needed in that circuit for the remote control functioning? I read that early remotes required something like (in Zenith tv's)six tubes. No wonder solid state was applauded when it replaced tubes for these purposes. LOL - "in the home" or "dead"...a sobering truth. Side note - Nikola Tesla mentioned remotes for tv's back in the late 1800's, somewhere in Patent 613809. And I thought it was a late 1950's invention.

A Concert Grand - you and some others have some incredibly beautiful old Magnavox stereos. Not that RCA and Zenith didn't make some nice units, also. Early remotes could be harshly spartan looking - yours compliments the gear it controls.



Phil





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