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Old 6th April 2009, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default 1946 Philco Tube Receiver

This weekend I found a truly fabulous 1946 tube receiver console at a yard sale. It cost a total of 15.00. I was wondering what steps I should follow to begin restoring this antique. The cabinet only needs a little wax and cleanup.
Most if not all of the axial capacitors, I assume, should be documented and replaced. What about the carbon composition resistors. Do they hold up well over time? Will tubes of this period be hard to find?
Any advice or help for the knowledgeable would be much appreciated.

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Old 6th April 2009, 12:14 PM   #2
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Got a model number? Probably 46-xxx. I have a number of Philco service buletins on my web page: http://www.audiophool.cjb.net/Philco.html

Caps are bad, resistors my be OK - measure 'em. Tubes may be OK, but are inexpensive and easily found.
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Old 6th April 2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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It is Model 46-1209 code 121.
Do you think this old unit would be worthy of restoring. It costs almost 560.00 back in the forties. That was a huge sum of money for a post war radio.
The only reason I bought it , besides being all tubes , was the great condition it is in.
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Old 7th April 2009, 12:56 AM   #4
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How could you not appreciate such fine furniture? & listen to it as well!
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Old 7th April 2009, 10:56 AM   #5
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Richard,
That is the exact unit I picked up. Is yours in working order?
How does someone with the same last name as ours end up in beautiful Argentina. Wide open unincumbered natural landscape. Anyway, I hope to find the time to restore the inner workings of this old piece of nostalgia. It has shortwave and AM band. I am not sure if it has an FM band. Just think of the musical genre that was played out over these units in the forties and fifties.

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Old 7th April 2009, 01:16 PM   #6
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You can find service information at nostalgiaair.org. Click RESOURCES, then PHILCO, etc.
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Old 10th April 2009, 07:39 PM   #7
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The s.o.p. is to replace all capacitors- electrolytic and wax/paper, check all resistors and tubes. If you need a schematic, you can download it for free at:
www.nostalgiaair.org
If you any assistance otherwise go to:
www.antiqueradios.com
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Old 10th April 2009, 08:29 PM   #8
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Send a message via AIM to DigitalJunkie
http://bama.sbc.edu/ Also has lots of info on old equipment.
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Old 10th April 2009, 08:41 PM   #9
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I looked at the schematic. This radio will be awesome when you get it working: P-P 6V6GT output section, triodes for the local oscillator and mixer will assure that you have very little converter noise, IIRC 2 stages IF amplification. Well worth restoring and using on a daily basis.
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Old 11th April 2009, 10:19 AM   #10
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6f6,
Being very new to this hobby and having no experience with tubes makes your comments reassuring. I was not sure if this old unit was worth owning even when it was new. I just figured the price was right and maybe someone might want it.
Now I think I will try and replace all of the old capacitors, clean it up and see what happens. A lot of the wire insulation is broken so that will have to be replaced also.
There are some big capacitors on top with the tubes, I think, which can be restored. Wet type or something????
If I bring it up real slow with a variac I might be able to find other bad items before any real damage occurs.
Where did you locate the schematic for this unit?
Thanks any and all help or comments welcome. Tad
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