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Scott Special available

Started Mar 31 0 Replies

I am assisting another individual in helping sell a Scott Special Communications Receiver. It is on a custom built rolling stand, with the original speaker and amplifier. Based on the serial number,…Continue

Philosophical Debate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Carr Mar 17. 15 Replies

I bought a World Record Super 9 at the Estes auction last weekend (photos attached). This is supposed to be the set described in the March 1927 issue of Citizen's Radio Callbook. I say supposed to be…Continue

Scott Masterpiece alignment

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kent King Feb 9. 4 Replies

Small puzzler this evening...I am aligning a Scott Masterpiece that I just overhauled. The set plays well, and all the tuning adjustments went "by the book" except for one: the 1st IF, under the…Continue

2017 begins with our 500th member!

Started Jan 2 0 Replies

The request arrived yesterday (1/1), but I didn't get it until this morning...1/1/17 saw our 500th member join the group! I hope this is a good omen for 2017 and the future of the group. Thanks to…Continue

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Kent King replied to Eric Beheim's discussion How Do You Use and/or Derive Enjoyment from Your Scott Radio?
"I listen to "oldies" stations. Sometimes I'll hook up a CD to the phono input. I try (mostly unsuccessfully) to run different sets as often as I can to keep them "fresh" but I always come back to the same 2-3 radios, usually…"
David C. Poland replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"The idea that the alpha prefix  identified a particular craftsman builder was deemed plausible several years ago, but that theory has now fallen by the wayside. Kent may elaborate."
Nov 16
Eric Beheim replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"Re: the U-591 serial number of my AW 23, it is my understanding that the U identifies the person who assembled the set and the 591 is the number of sets that particular person had assembled.  (It was done this way so that a particular set could…"
Nov 16
David Wilson replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"Hi Kent, Your comment on Erick's post here esitmates his AW 23 serial # U-591 was made in first quarter of 1937. My AW 27 is serial # Z-588, just three serial numbers from his. I remember you posting here on the subject of AW 23s and 27s being…"
Nov 16
Kent King replied to Eric Beheim's discussion A New Member's First Discussion
"Oh, missed the serial number in the other thread...I replied there."
Nov 16
Kent King replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"Eric - There is no owner information surviving from Scott Radio. All the company records were destroyed following their final bankruptcy in the 1950s. It is only years of research on over 1600 known serial numbers that has given me the ability to…"
Nov 16
Kent King replied to Eric Beheim's discussion A New Member's First Discussion
"I read that story and saved it several years ago, a great story. I don't recall if I contacted you or not...but what is the serial number of the set? I can sometimes narrow down a build date for a set based on the serial number. Sets where…"
Nov 16
Eric Beheim replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"The serial number of my Scott 23 Tube All-wave (7-knob version) is U591.  Do you have any information on who the original owners were based on the serial numbers?  My grandfather found this one in a second hand store in Cleveland, Ohio…"
Nov 15
Matt Endicott replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"Did Scott or other radio makers of this era use "markers" in their ads to measure ad efficiency and effectiveness?  Several years ago I studied several Midwestern lighting manufactures from around 1900 and as my clipping files…"
Nov 4
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Nov 2
Kent King replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"Dave - Thanks, that is a new number, as I'd expect. It's been an interesting week, I've had several new numbers, including two that are "significant", expanding ranges in some way. I haven't had this much new data in…"
Oct 26
David Willenborg replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"Mr. King, There is an AW23 for sale on Facebook which is located in Alexandria Egypt.  The serial number is V-594. R, David Willenborg"
Oct 25
David Wilson replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"Norm, I totally get it now, Kent and I had an email exchange on the subect this morning and he had dialed it in for me. The AW 12 advertising did start closer to the radio's intorduction in Ocotber 1930 issue of the Scott News. It looks like to…"
Oct 25
Norman S Braithwaite replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"David:  In addition to Radio News and Radio Craft plus the very limited general public outreach in National Geographic and Fortune, Scott also advertised in Radio Age, Radio Broadcast, Citizens Radio Call Book, Short Wave Craft, and Short Wave…"
Oct 25
Kent King replied to Kent King's discussion Scott serial numbers
"David - I already have an extensive inventory of Scott advertising and articles. I started on this many years ago, it includes a master index and copies of every ad fills two large binders. For the AW12-2...Scott did show a prototype set…"
Oct 25

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Super XII Troubleshooting & Alignment

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 8:04am 1 Comment

I've spent several days working on a particularly difficult chassis and learned something I thought I'd share. First, here is what I had to start with: A nice single chassis Super XII. The IF aligned beautifully, and the 3 SW bands also aligned "by the book". The set sounded great on any SW band, AM was basically dead. There are only 3 things that are AM only, so I verified each coil. While checking continuity on the oscillator coil, I happened to notice that the 1K resistor seemed to move a…


Super XII Restoration

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 1:48pm 8 Comments

A Fast Tour


The first step I always take is to remove all the tubes, shields, covers and anything else that can be removed from the chassis. This leaves us with something that looks like this:


And underneath we have:…


Shield Grid 9 SW coils

Posted on February 11, 2016 at 10:03pm 1 Comment

Scott made plug-in SW coils for the Shield Grid 9. I'm researching them a bit and I could use more data points. If ANY of you have some of the SG9 SW coils, please contact me. I've got a few questions for you. Thanks!

AW 23 help needed

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 9:49am 10 Comments

Ok I have an AW 23 that I fully restored about 4-5 years ago. Played great. For lots of reasons, it hasn't been run much since then. I ran it up on the Variac this weekend, and here's what happened: AM and first SW band are dead, and the osc VR tubes don't light. On SW2 and SW3, osc VR lights up and the set plays great. Good audio on the phono input too.

So I take the tuner apart and check the osc circuit. The grid resistor is significantly off value, so I replace it. Clean…


Comment Wall (17 comments)

At 4:54pm on March 3, 2010, Merle Jones said…
Hello Kent, long time since we've last spoke. Thanks for the invite. I look forward to conversing with you and all the other Scott collectors and seeing their nice radios. -Merle
At 6:34pm on May 23, 2011, Thomas Day said…


In a post you mentioned having a check list for the allwave 23. Is there a link to that here?

Having a new transformer made and want to be sure everything else is good. The power supply had been re capped at some point. Haven't looked at the main chassis yet except to determine that it needed one tube which I have replaced. I have the operation and service manuals coming from Great Northern.



At 10:20pm on April 1, 2012, Renee A. Zeller said…

Kent.....thank you..... I would love more information on the Sheraton cabinet with a Laureate chassis  - if you could provide some PDF's that would be wonderful.  This has been sitting in the corner of my Great Grandfathers cabin ever since I was young.....I never realized what it was until last summer when I uncovered it and looked at it....but I finally took some pictures so I could ask about it.  Thank you again for your time.....I may bug you again with a few more questions when I take a look at it closer this Spring when I am up North at the cabin!  Renee:).   If you'd like to email the PDF's my e-mail is   Thanks:)

At 11:35am on December 28, 2012, Richard Green said…

Kent, got a quick question.  In photos 19 thru 24 of your photos, what is that device?  I have something like that has either 5 or 6 of those tubes.



At 4:05pm on December 28, 2012, Kent King said…

That is the Scott FM changes 88-108 FM down to 42-50 so that the older FM tuners could receive the modern band established post-war. The 717A tubes are used in a number of higher frequency applications. If your device has 5 or 6 of them, it could be most anything....

At 7:46pm on December 28, 2012, Richard Green said…


I'll have to dig it out of the garage tomorrow.  Maybe I can find out more info from google, now what I know it is.


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At 8:23pm on March 2, 2013, Steve Boracchia said…

Hi Kent,

I am not sure what to do with this one.  I thought I may be able
to strip it and re-crome, but that would stretch my abilities quite a bit. 
I'm sure I  could get it to work if it was just a re-capp and resistor/coil
check, its not so difficult electrically. All the parts are there. The cabinet is nice, the original owner stripped it so it just needs a refinish.  I really don’t want to pay
much for a good chassis, so I am not sure what to do.  I'll have to check
the serial number and get back to you.


At 7:49am on March 4, 2013, Kent King said…

Steve -

I would like the serial number for my research. Actually, rechroming a 23 will probably cost as much (if not more) than locating a nice it you want to get it operating, I'd say "Go for it". You are right, even if it isn't pretty, you will be able to make it play, and it will sound great. It's worth the effort! If you need anything along the way, just ask, folks here are always glad to help!


At 8:38am on December 28, 2013, Darrell Schneider said…

Hi Kent,

Working on pics and serial #'s, but what is meant by the term "Serbs"?

Thanks, Darrell

At 6:33pm on November 19, 2016, Joseph W Strickland said…


I have been cleaning up the schematic for the early (Feb. 1946) schematics for the 800B. Here are those two pages. I am working on another page that combines the radio tuner circuit and the electric tuning circuit on one page. The paper size is printable on 11 X 17 inch paper for the two files included here.




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