The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
Unusual piece. Not a Scott offered cabinet in my opinion. But, Scott offered custom installations.
Looks like the front panel slips up for removal, so maybe an older case repurposed.
Pretty tight fit. And where is a notch for the set cable to pass through for the 3 tube power supply.
The Wunderlich tube for 2nd detector does indicate AVC (automatic volume control).
The Jones 6 pin plug for the set confirms is an AC powered set, as does the right front electrolytic filter cap.
It could very easily be a home-built cabinet. While we look at things like this today and say, oh, it had to be factory - back in that day, there were a lot of fellows who could build extremely high quality things like cabinets. Metal work too, most of these guys had day jobs in factories doing this work (unlike today). They had the tools and the knowledge. So I'd say it was custom made by a good woodworker at the time. My grandfather was a cabinet-maker much of his life (1920s-50s), a cabinet like this was well within his abilities. These are arts and capabilities we have mostly lost.
I'm also not surprised it needs re-glued. The weight of that chassis in there is going to really stress the joints. A very interesting and attractive cabinet.
i happen to enjoy the cabinet work as much as anything, any wood meets metal interface is always interesting to me. I’ve no problem with retrofitting as evident in my avatar. I witnessed many men when growing up, bringing old TV cabinets out of pa’s Radio/tv shop. They’d nearly fight over them. Reason ? They just left the Allied or Lafayette store with their proud new electronics and couldn’t wait to fit them together. Our “academics” decided post Vietnam that boys and girls need not use their hands anymore, a real tragedy.
My observation here is the original rear tone control was moved forward for easy access. What begs the question is where was the PS and pedestal speaker mounted, box on box ? I like this effort. Though little bass shy, the dual 45 output in this set is as musically satisfying as any other. I wired an old standalone Realistic tweeter that sits atop the cabinet, brings the audio up a notch where you otherwise miss the highs.