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Old 19th August 2008, 02:23 AM   #1
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Default Virtual Slim Whitman and Kewpie Dolls

A virtual Slim Whitman record, or ....a Virtual Kewpie Doll, whichever your choice, for the first person who can correctly guess the brand and model of this device!

Hint#1: I'm likely the first person crazy enough to take one apart.
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Old 19th August 2008, 03:48 AM   #2
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Old 19th August 2008, 05:44 AM   #3
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This brick is a better weapon than the Eroica.

Try again!

As for this device, it will become a reference that folks will search for, the odd time. Everyone has been wondering what went on inside this device - for many a year.

Hint #2: It sells for an average of $1500 on the used market. Obviously, this one won't, anymore! Too bad, I bought it in the box, and still have the velvet line box.

I plan to strip it down and show photos of what I find inside.
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Old 19th August 2008, 04:06 PM   #4
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Old 20th August 2008, 04:29 AM   #5
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Notice that the soldering spool lying on the table is about 6" long or so.

I'd guess some sort of step up device. English or Japanese.
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Old 20th August 2008, 04:58 AM   #6
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hhmmm. OK. I've got to give a hint, but not one that 'gives it away'.

It was available in the mid 80's, IIRC. It is considered one of the 'must have' classics, of it's type. It sells used, for nearly twice it's original MSRP. (retail price). They show up on the used market, only rarely. They were also sold under another name brand. That (secondary) brand starts with the letter 'V'.
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Old 21st August 2008, 07:28 PM   #7
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Next hint:

The original Casework is..Blue. On either brand.

I haven't even begun to take this puppy apart yet. It's quite the little brick. As I go through it, I'll begin sharing and showing the innards, bit by bit. As stated, lots of folks (over the years) have wondered what goes on in this particular device. What makes it so desirable, so good?
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Old 23rd August 2008, 01:01 AM   #8
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Hmm "V" and "blue"

Verion me thinks and Cotter

There's one on ebay right now

I have the Verion mk1 P strapping (least colored setup in its day)

If i'm right those leads are for the strapping blocks to change impedence

You most likely have magnetized the cores by unsoldering them BTW

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Old 25th August 2008, 12:54 AM   #9
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See. I told ya. I didn't want to give it away, but it's near impossible to give a workable hint without doing so..

As for soldering, they soldered the leads in the first place. Don't know what technique they used, but my soldering gun is a bit modified...

Yes, I'm going to strip down a perfectly fine Cotter. Then we can see about the strapping info and measurements. Besides the fun of seeing what the gutty whuts of the Cotter actually are.

Highly desirable strapping info? he says in the auction. Crap! I spent 15 years looking for that info. What an understatement.

I guess it's not as cherished as it used to be. They used to sell for upwards of $1500, and originally sold for ~$900.
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Old 25th August 2008, 07:23 PM   #10
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I have all the strapping info for the P
S and PP versions.

Also, don't use a DC voltmeter to check continuity as this can saturate the TFormer cores and introduce distortion.

I will post the strapping info seperately for all as soon as I figure out how to arrange the characters and make it readable. The last time I tried to post it and hit preview reply, it ruined the order I had laid out.

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