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You have the 19 tube - the first version Phantom. Recognized for lacking an 8th control below the tuning knob. Does not have a voltage regulator VR-150 for the oscillator. The circular housing on the back of the receiver has the station presets for the remote control keypad - do you have the 12 button keypad?
You can find an owner manual and other information in the archive section under set folders - for the Phantom. Open the last of the several Phantom booklets.
The buyer had a choice of several Scott cabinets. Do post a photo of the cabinet - my guess from the above dial photo it is the somewhat upscale ROSLYN cabinet.
I posted 2 photos of the front of the cabinet. Thank you very much for the info. The light comes on when plugged in but no audio. Will be looking for tubes soon.
Bernie - As Dave indicated, you have a remote control Phantom in the Roslyn cabinet. This is a very nice set to have! I am going to say this...be careful powering it up at all - tubes alone are not going to make the set play. After 70+ years, capacitors and other parts will fail, and you can do more damage to the set powering it up without having someone thoroughly go through the set. There is a lot of info in the archive area on the Phantom. Good luck and don't hesitate to ask for help here!
Kent thank you for the information. I will look at the wiring and take off a cover or 2 before plugging it in again to see if I find anything corroded, loose or bare.
Kent, Do you have any suggestions?
Corroded, loose, or bare wires are a potential but unlikely concern. The issue of greatest concern when applying power to a long idle receiver is internal failure of components, capacitors in particular. Old wax paper and electrolytic capacitors will "leak" current causing incorrect voltages and in more serious cases high loads on tubes and transformers having the potential to cause the latter to fail. Although tubes are not particularly difficult to replace, transformers are difficult and costly to replace.
Indeed - do not ever power up a vintage radio before having it serviced by a competent person. Not many radio repair shops anymore that would handle a high tube count radio. Much of the knowledge and where-with-all is now in the hands of radio collector hobbyists. As Norman and Kent noted, eighty year old capacitors are way past their design life and are prone to sudden failure - consequential damage to can be considerable. Modern capacitors are not expensive but the effort to replace the 50 or so in a Phantom is time consuming, and a few are difficult to access.
Electrically restored, the Phantom is an excellent radio with superior sound for the era. The Scott radio was custom built upon receipt of an order and delivered in 3 to 5 weeks to the buyer. The phono input works well for an FM tuner or CD player, sounding nearly as good as a good 1950's hi-fi.
Oh - and most tubes in it are probably satisfactory. The magic eye tuning indicator is probably worn out (no green color). Your radio needs an antenna - a 20 or so foot wire is sufficient for nearby stations, but the radio is so well shielded that no stations will be heard without some wire on the antenna terminal screw. Night time reception is best.
I would strongly recommend finding a person to do an overhaul, hopefully in your area. It will be well worth the cost, you'll have a set that is a super player for many years to come. You are in an area of the country with a large and active radio collector community. Later this month, there is a huge swap meet in Charlotte. Here is the info:
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