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On April 5th I was given a Philharmonic chassis set to resurrect.  I didn't say restore, because the chromed steel may be too rusty to restore without stripping and rebuilding everything.  After looking at your instruction manuals, I'm unsure which version I have.  The s/n on the patent plate says BB434, and the grease pencil in the amplifier chassis says BB465.  It has a separate (broken) dial glass showing bands 150-400 kHz, 540-1900 kHz, 1.6-4.3 MHz, 4.2-10.2 MHz, 10.0-25.3 MHz, and 41.8-50 MHz FM.  It has beam-of-light pointers and a logging window.  The FM version manual in the Archive conflicts with the hardware I have in several areas.  So far I've found disagreement over the extent of the highest frequency band, the location of the FM tuning eye sensitivity pot, and the antenna connector type.  I want to purchase a new dial glass, but I'm unsure which one to buy because the broken one I have may be incorrect.  Are there some hardware clues to indicate exactly which Philly year and version I have?  Thanks.

Dave

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Dave - Can you post a few pictures of the chassis? It may help to determine if it isn't the FM set. I'm almost certain it is an FM set (broken dial is correct). Reason is...BB443 was built on 22-Aug-1942. So your set was probably built during the summer of '42 also, making it a very late Philly after the war started. Virtually all of these sets were FM chassis. I'm also not surprised at variations: Scott built a few Phillies, Phantoms and Laureates after the WPB told companies to re-tool for the war. They were using available parts and so there were a lot of variations in how the sets were built.

Kent

I have uploaded 3 pix to My Photos.  In comparison to FIG. 8, there are no "FM tubes" on the RH side in my photo, nor is there a VR-150 at the back.  Does this help?  Thanks!

Dave

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Kent King said:

Dave - Can you post a few pictures of the chassis? It may help to determine if it isn't the FM set. I'm almost certain it is an FM set (broken dial is correct). Reason is...BB443 was built on 22-Aug-1942. So your set was probably built during the summer of '42 also, making it a very late Philly after the war started. Virtually all of these sets were FM chassis. I'm also not surprised at variations: Scott built a few Phillies, Phantoms and Laureates after the WPB told companies to re-tool for the war. They were using available parts and so there were a lot of variations in how the sets were built.

Kent

Dave:

Your Philharmonic is an AM Beam-of-Light version with logging vernier described in service literature as the revised Philharmonic.  Photos of the dial can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kb1awv/sets/72157631388706840/ (scroll down).  Your chassis does not have FM.

Norman

Thanks, Norman!  That does look like my radio.  Now I know what dial glass to look for.  The DG-118D at Radio Daze sounds right, but I'll get a photo from them to be sure.

Dave

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