The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
I'm not used to the way this forum works. I posted this accidentally on "my page."
Hi, I'm Dave and I have a 16A and a Laureate, both chassis sets. I do have all the paperwork on the 16A including shippers, but I don't know anything about the Laureate other than the fact that one technically-savvy former owner converted it to receive the new FM band.
One question: Was the Warrington cabinet some kind of standard cabinet for Scotts? In this area (southeastern Michigan), Warringtons seem to outnumber all the rest of the cabinet styles, at least as far as I've seen.
No problem....the site does take some getting used to.If you'd like data on the 16A or Laureate, let me know. Won't be able to help with the Laureate FM mods though.
The thing with the Warrington was that Scott very frequently offered that cabinet "free" with a set purchase. There are a few other cabinets like this, and these are by far the most common Scott cabinets. They are also some of the less expensive cabinets and often didn't hold up as well as the more expensive (and rarer) cabinets.
Where are you located in SE Mich? My family was originally from the Blissfield area, I was born in Adrian.
I'm in Westland, just about halfway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Well, that explains how I see mostly Warringtons. I have to agree that they have some problems that seem to be particular to that style.
By chance, would you be able to identify how the technically savvy prior owner may have converted the FM band?
Well, I'm not that technically savvy and the radio is stored away in the attic over the shop (one of those projects I've gotta do when I get around to it--yeah, right). It's been some time since I looked at it, but it's my recollection that he added some other tuned circuit that operates off the original dial cord. I don't remember any odd tubes in the lineup. It has its own tuning capacitor mounted up high on a bracket above the chassis as I recall.
It must have worked well enough to justify cleaning the old FM lettering off the dial glass and painting appropriate markings for 88-108 MHz.
That sounds like a very clever conversion. I am familiar with a couple other conversions but it appears that this one may be much more simple and practical. Usually FM conversions consist of replacing or modifying coils or of installing a separate FM band converter. I will have to research the tuning capacitor conversion a bit.
All I remember is that nothing looked outwardly odd, except for the new tuning capacitor mounted on stilts above the rest of the chassis. The former owner probably did change stuff under the chassis, but I'm no Scott expert, so I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. I will see if I can get a photograph of the chassis and post it, but I'm no computer geek either. I might have trouble with that, never having done so before.
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa! I went up to the attic to check the serial number on my Laureate and I hadn't looked at it for so long that I had forgotten which one I'd bought (the seller had several which I'd seen over the years). I didn't buy the one with the outboard tuning capacitor. This one has everything in it's right place. The guy had made the changes internal to the chassis.
I will check to see what the enterprising owner did in the near future and report any differences I find.