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Post# 742843   3/18/2014 at 00:32 (2,170 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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This vintage Magnavox combo looks to be in great shape. The B&W television most likely needs a digital adaptor. The price is right. In the Los Angeles area.

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Post# 742853 , Reply# 1   3/18/2014 at 01:57 (2,170 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Very nice-the seller didn't say if the TT works-the arm on the platter NOT GOOD-bad for the stylus.
The TV could also be used with a DVD player connected to a modulator.Older laser disc machines and VCRs had modulators built into them-Ch#3or 4.Of course you could try playing the DVD or laser disc soundtract thru the consoles Hi-Fi system if it has an external audio input.Home theater in a box for older movies and programs!

Post# 742913 , Reply# 2   3/18/2014 at 09:10 (2,170 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Another Maggie - with papers no less. Our home Zenith unit that my dad bought in the mid-late 60's had similar legs/support. It's amazing how many people think nothing of dropping that TT arm on the platter.

Post# 743180 , Reply# 3   3/19/2014 at 02:52 (2,169 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

And we sure hope the arm wasn't dropped onto the platter while it was turning!!By-By stylus!!And of course the horrible noise if the amps were on.Another thought--if the unit has an ext input-connect a satellite tuner to it and play the 50's music channel thru the system!Or an MP3 miniature player with 50's songs recorded in it.

Post# 743226 , Reply# 4   3/19/2014 at 10:18 (2,169 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Presentation is everything

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Nothing says "we just hauled this outta the back room and flopped it down for pics" like the arm on the platter. "You're supposed to secure the arm? I didn't know that". You want $50 MORE worth of fun? Gainesville, Florida. One of you grab it!

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Post# 743233 , Reply# 5   3/19/2014 at 10:39 (2,169 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Seems to Me....

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....That when Magnavox discovered injection-molded plastic for console fronts (around 1966, if memory serves), that was the beginning of the end for the brand as a high-end manufacturer.

They continued for a while, but all that stamped-out Mediterranean Madness really compromised Maggie's reputation for quality, I think.

Post# 743262 , Reply# 6   3/19/2014 at 12:58 (2,169 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Post# 743440 , Reply# 7   3/20/2014 at 00:45 (2,168 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I didn't like the "Ye old Fake injection molded trim " on the later Magnavoxes either-looked so CORNY!!!Their all wooden models were the best!!Thought the injection molded stuff came into play when Philips took over the Magnavox brand.

Post# 743508 , Reply# 8   3/20/2014 at 08:53 (2,168 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Magnavox called it Cardura

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Well, it's like the components are good, consoles are bad arguments, tubes are good, solid state is bad, etc. The "plastic" in Magnavox is a higher grade than ordinary, and is finished with the wood in the cabinets instead of being color matched later. Magnavox was no more guilty than Sylvania, Philco, Packard Bell, Westinghouse, General Electric, Zenith, of using plastics. Seems like (some of) the public liked those ornate cabinets and bedroom furnishings, living room suites made like something out of the Spanish Inquisition. More than one maker had that fake wood glop too. Not trying to argue, because it is a matter of taste and preferences. Back when console stereos were actually a status symbol of the middle class, it would have cost a fortune to buy even a small console with hand carved wood. Later, when they were becoming popular as land fill, or could be found in junk shops for $5 to $50 or on the curb, it didn't make any difference if it were solid teak, tin, or cardboard. Simple cabinets in Danish or contemporary were still 95 to 100% wood. 

Post# 743521 , Reply# 9   3/20/2014 at 09:33 (2,168 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Cardura and Names

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Everything had a name - "we drive a Cordoba, we listen to an Astro-Sonic, etc.

Plastics - prefer wood, but understand a use for plastics, just hate how they used them in turntables and replaced stereo cases with plastics or plastic knobs, either destined to fade to yellow or peel chrome.

Like some of the members with old stereos in their homes/apts, I have an old Magnavox stereo from 1957, cased in solid cherry wood. It's hard to look at the cheaper plastic turntables in the solid state models known as Astro-Sonics.

That is a GREAT deal for $50 - if closer, I honestly would haul it away...somehow. And then hear complaints forever from the other half. :-)

Post# 743541 , Reply# 10   3/20/2014 at 11:50 (2,168 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Given the choice, I prefer wood as well

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I have a '57 Magnavox console, a ruined '59 Magnavox console, a '65 Magnavox "Sorrento" solid wood Italian Provincial console, 1959 Magnavox Belvedere twin consoles, a tabletop 1953 Magnavox Playfellow, a 1956(?) Stromberg Carlson with a matchstick grill cloth, several wood Magnavox components. I despise plastic changers, but I did own one plastic turntable that performed surprisingly well. Oh, just for the record, the Astro-Sonic changers were mostly heavy metal, it was the post 1975 changers that were mostly the plasticrap variety. But by then, as with the other manufacturers, the console was passe. 


Here's a Bakersfield, California Magnavox showroom, with the Sorrento front and center.

Post# 743573 , Reply# 11   3/20/2014 at 14:25 (2,168 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I didn't know that Magnavox made organs as well?


Post# 743590 , Reply# 12   3/20/2014 at 15:22 (2,168 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Yes, they made organs, from about 1961 to 1967, thereabouts. Some are highly sought after.

Post# 743633 , Reply# 13   3/20/2014 at 17:39 (2,168 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Didn't see

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anything like this store in the Detroit suburbs, but I'm sure there were some. Now we have Brand Smart, Best Buy, Fry's, remains of Sears tv/audio department, and some independent a/v showrooms. But there's nothing like this anymore and while it's not relevant today, since we passed up audio in furniture so long ago, it's still a great photo, good memories of what our parents bought, and I'm sorry I never saw one of these Magnavox showrooms...they'd have to kick me out, hangin' around to hear all the stereos.

I never knew they made organs, too. Thanks for posting. Got any more? ;-)

Post# 743653 , Reply# 14   3/20/2014 at 18:29 (2,168 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The Danish Modern Magnavox in reply #8 is like the one I have. My parents bought it sometime around '65 or '66. Still worked the last time it was turned on.

Record changer had to be replaced sometime in the 80's.

Post# 743771 , Reply# 15   3/21/2014 at 01:05 (2,167 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The console was replaced in the 70's by "rack systems"then later in the 90's--"Home theater system in a box".The theater system has now been replaced by-----The Soundbar!Center channel,LF,RF and sorrund speakers,amps in a barlike enclosure you put under your flatscreen TV.And a subwoofer in a cubelike cabinet comes with the soundbar-the woofer too large to put in the barlike cabinet.The Bose soundbar didn't sound too bad at Best Buy.
I have never seen or heard a Magnavox organ-would be nice to hear one.Sadly,today,both pianos and organs are those things no longer wanted.People want other types of instruments instead-like guitars and keyboards.There are numerous videos on YouTube of older pianos and electronic organs being dumpted at landfills-then run over by the fill dozer.SAD end!!!And in Classic Refuse Trucks videos pianos being crushed in Leach RL trash trucks.In one video the piano gets crushed-then you see the bent music rack fall back into the trucks hopper!They said on the video no one wanted that piano-so they crushed it-guess to show what the truck compactor could do.Leach lives up to its name---"Nothing Packs like a Leach--NOTHING!"Hate to think of the Magnavoxes that could have gone into those trucks--sad end.

Post# 744032 , Reply# 16   3/21/2014 at 23:55 (2,166 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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The photo of the Magnavox showroom is just great. Thanks for posting.

At $200 this is no bargain, but the replacement television looks better than most. I wouldn't be suprised if the TV's audio doesn't play through the original speakers. Magnavox always did such a very nice job with their Asian (Oriental) cabinets. As I recall RCA had a few attractive ones too.

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Post# 744040 , Reply# 17   3/22/2014 at 00:50 (2,166 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Nice Oriental Magnavox system-too bad the TV isn't orig.The good thing about this---No FAKE molded plastic "wood".

Post# 744718 , Reply# 18   3/24/2014 at 06:52 (2,164 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
The Magnavox Organ

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Here's an ebay ad for an advertisement. If I can find a photo of an organ, I'll post it. And even though I can't play a note, it makes me ill to think of all the organs and pianos that go to landfill! Just like all the vintage Magnavox, etc products that are jetted there. 

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Post# 744963 , Reply# 19   3/25/2014 at 03:14 (2,163 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I can't play a note either or carry a tune in a bucket-but I LOVE listening to organ music-Well the only organs or pianos I could play are the player ones that work from a roll,perforated cardboard music book,or MIDI system.It is so sad that so many home type organs or pianos go to the trash-usually Spinet type pianos.Some of the home type electronic organs,too.The Magnavox organ sounds interesting-besides getting a Magnavox Hi-fi console-you could get a Magnavox organ and play right along!

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