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Scratch Suppressor on AM/FM Philharmonic

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Jardine Feb 18, 2017. 7 Replies

The scratch suppressor works well when listening to broadcast audio, but does not respond to phono audio. I found an undocumented switch that is part of the radio/phono wafer switch on the "Fidelity"…Continue

AM-FM Philharmonic Bias voltage strip

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Jardine Feb 9, 2017. 4 Replies

During the restoration process of my AM-FM I noticed, rather late, a 500 ohm power resistor on the -27 v tap of the bias resistor strip to ground. The -27 tap has been measuring -26.6 volts and I…Continue

Can someone shed some light on my 800B FM front end?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Jardine Apr 9, 2013. 3 Replies

Admittedly, I have not replaced any components on the tuner chassis yet. AM is strong and audio is good. I have replaced electrolytics and other leaky caps & OOT resistors on the amp chassis. The…Continue


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"It looks like it didn't have a lot of use. The magic eye tube's anode/target has a nice bright silver look to it. When the tube ages, the anode/target takes on a much darker appearance. A very nice radio and beautifully made!"
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"Bruce, funny you should mention that. I was thinking of mounting the Tauscher back in the console for kicks and listen to it that way for a while. It's not a fun project lying on my back maneuvering the 15" speaker in and out of the…"
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"Jeffery, what is the little single tube module to the right of the tuner chassis? All beautiful radios, by the way! I have an AM-FM Philharmonic in a Georgian cabinet with a Garrard RC-60 changer. I fitted a GE VR magnetic cartridge in it and a…"
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"I have an FM Philharmonic in a Georgian cabinet with the high fidelity option. It must be an earlier version since it has the PM tweeters and the passive crossover network without the 35Z3 and round connectors, not the Jones Cinch connectors.…"
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PBS "American Experience" YouTube "Empire of the Air"

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 11:24am 0 Comments

Here's a YouTube link to the PBS American Experience special "Empire of the Air", much taken from the Tom Lewis book. If you like old radio, you'll love this.

Audio Magazine Jan 1977 Nothing New Under the AM Sun

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

Jan 1977 AUDIO magazine "Nothing New Under the AM Sun" ANOTHER interesting article from AUDIO magazine, January 1977, continues the discussion on high quality AM radio receivers.

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At 9:19pm on June 22, 2014, steve s. said…
I'm 52 currently rebuild large format printers, manage a company that Sells graphic arts equipment. I have a math And computer science degree and also got into amateur radio at 12 years old
At 2:02pm on June 22, 2014, Tom Jardine said…

Sounds good, Steve. I'm retired, 68 and have to start thinking about downsizing. I collect 78 RPM records and all that goes with that as well. I don't want my poor wife stuck with all this down the road.

At 6:59pm on June 21, 2014, steve s. said…
Thanks Tom even if we don't do business I'm sure we could exchange lots of cool info on it with each other I've owned mine for many yrs
At 12:39pm on June 21, 2014, Tom Jardine said…

Steve, I recently replaced almost all capacitors, OOT resistors, the two power supply selenium rectifiers. The RF has been very carefully aligned and the auto-tune works well. Frankly I'm not anxious to sell it at this point, but if I got a good offer I would consider it.  I enjoy listening to it - it has great short wave and the FM is amazingly sensitive for it's age.

At 11:53am on June 21, 2014, steve s. said…
I understand, so message me when you come up with a price for the three items, the speaker and the two chassis and let me know the current condition
At 9:25pm on June 20, 2014, Tom Jardine said…

Steve, I only want to sell both chassis' with the speaker together. That's how the unit came from RCA. I'm sure it would have greater interest to a buyer complete. The existing RCA speaker is a 16 ohm, 15 inch coaxial. The tweeter is inside the woofer voice coil. I'm not in a position right now to come up with a fair price. The amplifier chassis alone are selling well into four figures on Ebay.

At 4:00pm on June 20, 2014, steve s. said…

Thanks for the quick response, I don't have anything to trade at this point so buying the unit for cash would be the only option. Great memories owning the unit, I remember when I first plugged the unit in and a tube lite up purple i got scared until I learned  VR-150 voltage regualtors do that. I was facisnated by the Collins autotune unit, took mine apart to figure out how it worked. Let me know what you might consider selling the two chassis for. I don't really need the speaker and turntable, will the audio output interface with a standard speaker ? 

At 3:21pm on June 20, 2014, Tom Jardine said…

Steve, I have been thinking about selling the Berkhire chassis', speaker with or without the Garrard changer. The speaker is original (LS-1)with two chassis'. I removed everything from an original blond breakfront cabinet in the late 70's that had the projection TV. I later regretted not taking the cabinet/TV but at the time it was more than I could house. Have you got anything to trade? I'm 68 and thinking about downsizing. I have lots of large pieces that I enjoy tinkering with- Philharmonic, 800B, Capehart, Stromberg-Carlsons, etc, etc. I'm in SE PA.  Tom

At 12:45pm on June 20, 2014, steve s. said…

I noticed you had a RCA Birkshire chassis. I owned the same two chassis many years ago
when I was only 13 years old. Do you have any interest in selling them let me know., either way love to discuss the unit with you. I just signed up I'm a new member. Steve.


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