The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
I just posted some questions about the Allwave 12 I bought last weekend and wanted to ask some questions about a second Scott radio I was offered, but turned down because I have some reservations about its degree of authenticity (it has obviously been modified), and whether or not it would be possible to restore it to it's original configuration.
The second radio is an Allwave 23 and I was all set to purchase it too, but then I took a look at the back of the cabinet and noticed the cover panel was attached with phillips-head sheet-rock screws. I removed the screws and saw a large mystery box of components and modern wiring, and a terminal strip of wires going everywhere stuck in the bottom of the cabinet. Some of the wires lead to a large MAGNAVOX speaker that had been shoved in there. Obviously someone has removed the correct speaker and replaced it with this albatross substitute, and then created some sort of Frankenstein contraption to work around the electrical differences between the factory speaker and this substitute. I do not have any pictures of this conglomeration, but it is definitely not original factory work, or the work of someone that shares my belief of the necessity of maintaining originality when working on vintage items.
Although it might be functional, or made to be functional, as-is, I am only willing to buy this radio if I discover it is possible to 'unmolest' it and return it to the correct configuration and components it would have had when built.
At the very least it will need a replacement speaker of whatever variety is correct for this radio. (However, I do not know what kind of speaker this would be.) Probably everyone wants these speakers for something, so I have little confidence in finding one, but if it is possible to do so, I will reconsider purchasing this radio if I can be sure it is restorable. I would like to restore this radio correctly, but I have little interest in one that has been butchered in this manner if proper restoration is not possible.
Thank you and best regards-
You do mean the RF coil cover? and not the antenna coil cover?
The antenna coil cover has cut outs at the bottom to accommodate various wires traveling on the chassis top surface. The insulation of those wires OK? and the cover carefully positioned to avoid pinching/shorting those wires.?
If broadcast band is non-functioning, do any of the short wave bands work?
Regarding that tapped control you removed - save it. Later Scott models used a tapped volume control for a low volume loudness circuit at that tap. Those controls can go bad, or even have the resistance surface break at that tap. You may be glad to have it in your parts inventory.
Indeed. It is the BCB antenna coil cover in which the antenna coil secondary switch is located rather than the RF coil.
Strange- Until just now I was not able to see the comments from Dave or Norman from yesterday. To clarify: Yes, it is the RF coil cover and not the notched Antenna coil cover that I have to remove to get any sound. I replaced all the crispy wires that are passing through the notches and have confirmed that none are pinched or shorting. Lifting the RF coil cover slightly gives me volume. Removing it completely does not help, unless I touch my finger to the coil, or the solder lug, or just hold my hand near.
I took apart the rotary switch again under the antenna coil cover and actually managed to get some pictures that worked. I also took off the rotor itself. Seeing these parts up close like this makes me think that they are damaged. Am I correct in thinking that all of the five contacts should look like #1 and #4 (counting from the left), and that the one in the center is missing the lower contact? Should I attempt to bend the other ones to look like those that are closed?
And does the lower wiper of the rotor (pictured upside down) need to be straightened?
Yes, stator contacts 2 and 5 should look like 1 and 4. Contact 3 is correct. The bottom lug of the rotor is bent. It should project straight out from the center.