The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
Well, I finished a couple other sets, and it's time to start on my AC 10. But, I have a few questions for the experts!
The chassis has some wiring...issues. I will need to replace most of the wire in the power supply, as the rubber is crumbling. Funny that Scott used that type of wire in the PS, but cloth covered in the main chassis.
The cords need cleaning up. But I'd like to know what is original and what is not. Is the "multiplug" original? How about the lamp in the cabinet?
Looks all original, except appears you have a metal replacement for an Amperite tube (next to the 80 rectifier)
Is correct 8 inch pedestal speaker, later version amp, and the tuner.
Is there a phono too?( I see the 2nd ac plug).
The receiver's set of blue Arcturus tubes is cool. (I put a set of blue Arcturus tubes in my restored AC-10.)
I have only seen one other example of a receiver being mounted in a copper box like you have.
The old green foam pad is one of 3 originally supplied to float the receiver to isolate it from cabinet vibrations.
I think you will find the primary for the power transformer is designed for about 85 volts AC.
The 2 pin Amperite tube acts as a variable voltage regulator to handle house voltages ranging from 100 to 130 volts. (I have an unrestored example of that version amp with Amperite tube).
There were three amp versions I know of: Briefly with two 80 rectifiers, most commonly 3 tube versions with one 80 and usual pair of 45's, and later like yours with the Amperite AC voltage regulator tube.
Yes, the old rubber wire in the amp is a pain to replace - although you might try sliding new spaghetti onto some of the wires after breaking off the old dried up rubber.
What lamp in the cabinet?
I wondered about the metal regulator. It is coming apart, and it appears that someone crimped the base, so I'm assuming it was previously "serviced" like many car radio vibrators I run across.
I will try to find an Amperite tube.
I will try to replicate the green foam; it has started to fall apart, although the pads are all present and accounted for.
I lifted the support base, and the finish is uniform around the multiplug, so I'm assuming it is original to the cabinet. Yes, there is a phonograph.
Brad - Ahh. the Oak version of the Orleans highboy.
Phono is much like mine, but my tone arm is a bit different and says ERLA on the shroud covering the permanent magnet. The motor probably says "Green Racer - Cleveland" or is it Blue Racer? Been awhile.
Note the turntable holds the Radio/Phono switch and also has a volume control for the record being played.
There are several versions of the Amperite tube. My NOS Box says. type 10-12:
"Self Adjusting Line Voltage Control"
"Perfected Voltage. Automatically Controls Line Fluctuations Between 95 an 130 Volts."
For Use in Manufactured Receivers Equipped with 80-85 Volt Primary.
Not sure my NIB tube (from an auction) is the correct version. To determine the proper tube, I plan to use my Variac the find AC voltage to amp transformer primary that will produce the correct 5 volt AC to the 80 rectifier filament. Hope I have the correct tube.
I think the light socket was added as a convenience light when needed when the cabinet is pulled away from the wall.
I too have a vintage extension cord type duplex socket screwed to the back shelf for the amp and the phono AC plugs. You will find the lever protruding from under the platter is the phono "on" AC switch. With care each time, the lever is positioned to shut off the switch at the end of the record. My phono is pictured in the 2nd edition of the Scott Collectors Guide, top left on page 112.
Knowing the size of that Philco 38-690 at rear, that Highboy is huge !! Bet those Vaughn goalie pads add more than sound to that room ! Good luck with that project Brad !
Amperite line control tube photo
I have the same cabinet but the walnut version. When I picked it up at an antique shop in St Pete it had been made into a shelving unit.
My repairman was able to recreate the speaker grill work but not having an original photo I dont know if it is correct. McMurdo also sold this same cabinet and I believe one brand used the upper chamber for the speaker and one used the lower chamber as the speaker area.
As I recall all the Scott ads for this show the doors closed.
Could you perhaps take a front view photo with the doors opened ?
I also have a walnut cabinet...I really love the oak version!
Bruce, I'd love to see the McMurdo version
McMurdo and also Lincoln offered this highboy, using different names.
During the AC-10 era of 1929-30, the speaker was above the receiver.
Scott also offered the Orleans for the 1931 Allwave 2-DIAL, but with the receiver above the speaker (what I have with a hinged top) in order to provide access for changing the various SW coil pairs.
I prefer the upper speaker grill of the first version Orleans you have. More in harmony with the semi-circular design top of the door opening.
The one I have for the 1931 Orleans with Scott 2-Dial thus:Orleans%20with%20Scott%202-dial.JPG
The Orleans cabinet was made Rockford Peerless Furniture Co, Rockford IL.