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The Fine Things are Always Hand Made

Ever since I first heard of EH Scott radios and joined this forum, I've been looking for a Philharmonic to "fall into my lap". Well, when Ron R. sold me his Marine SLRM I saw his AM/FM Philharmonic sitting in the corner.  When he offered it for sale, I knew I would own it, I just didn't know how soon.  Now, a couple of months later, it's here in my possession.  Thank you Ron!

This will be a major project including some re-chroming.  I want to do the radio and Ron proud!  I heard Dave's (in Northern Michigan) Philharmonic (and a lot of other radios!) and decided I needed to get right on it.  So, the work has begun.  I decided to start with the amp/power supply as that is the easiest.  Because of all the small parts around the transformers, it's also the most expensive to re-chrome (driver transformer cover, IF shields and tube shields will not be re-chromed as they can easily be destroyed, though I may give Dave's re-chroming shop in Milwaukee a try.)

This Philharmonic did not have tweeters.  I would like to add them if i can find a set.

Also, since the FM is useless without a converter to the current FM frequencies, I'll be looking for a converter.  i saw the schematic in the archives.  Maybe i'll have to build one.

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Comment by Thomas Day on July 19, 2019 at 1:38pm

We found a Plater here in Chicago that was able to redo all of the hardware for our organ console. The parts were originally nickel, but had been done in chrome at some point. He was able to strip the chrome and found the nickel was in perfect condition. Polished the nickel and they look wonderful. 

Check with Griffin Plating company

1636 W Armitage Ave

Chicago, Il 60622

Total cost for 50 pieces was $120.00

Comment by Robert Feenstra on July 19, 2019 at 7:20pm

Thanks!  Out of curiosity, Thomas, is it a Hammond that you have?  I'm in the organ business (Allen Organs) and used to service all brands.

Comment by Thomas Day on July 20, 2019 at 1:48pm

Robert:

The organ is a 1929 Kimball 3 manual theatre console that we spent about 3.5 years refinishing and converting to midi using Hauptwerk, a mac mini computer and a 35 rank Wurlitzer sample set.  It had been midified and used as such, but the previous owner had removed all of the midi components and left the console a tangle of phone cable and 181 peterson sams. All new stop tabs, recovered all 3 keyboards, and stripped and refinished the console shell and stop rails. Made new piston rails with 20 pistons each plus set and cancel on acc manual. What we had cleaned and polished were the toe studs, piano pedals, stop rail dividers and 2 console lights. It now sits in the Music Box theatre here in Chicago and has a total of 24 audio channels with the speakers placed in the original organ chambers. The Music box was designed before and finished in 1929, so never had a pipe organ. Besides this we have 2 Hammond consoles a 2 manual original Wurlitzer console and a 4 manual 'slave' console with no stop tabs which plays the same sample set as the Kimball but only 12 audio channels. It was the 2nd one I built, The 2 manual was the first one I did. All of the midi boards for the 4 manual and the Kimball are from DTS midi systems in Downers Grove, il. I did a short video of my partner Dennis at the Music Box last night and will post it when I figure out how.

Comment by Robert Feenstra on July 21, 2019 at 12:47pm

Ah.  Interesting.  I assume my associate/employee, Joel Gary, is familiar with it.  He is a theater organist and has played many of the theaters around including in Chicago.  I'll ask him!

Comment by Thomas Day on July 22, 2019 at 3:41pm

Robert:

The organ went into the theatre in early Nov, and played publicly in early Dec. for two sold out shows for the start of their Christmas Sing A Long shows, of which there were 35 including 2 Christmas eve day. A friend posted a short video of one of the shows on youtube. Look for Dennis Scott at the Music box I think. I will do another video from the center of the theatre to give a better perspective of the sound. 

Comment by Robert Feenstra on August 9, 2019 at 1:53am

I sent the amplifier/power supply parts to a plating shop.  Expensive!  While they are gone, I decided to take a peek under the tuner.  A few caps have been replaced and for sure one of the candohms is bad.  Otherwise, not a lot of hacking.

Disassembly has begun!

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Comment by Thomas Day on August 9, 2019 at 12:53pm

Were you able to find a local to you plating company?

Comment by Robert Feenstra on August 9, 2019 at 2:25pm

No, I sent the parts off to Wisconsin.  Badger I believe.  Dave T. had good luck with them.  By the way, My associate, Joel, knows you guys and was wondering what happened to the old Allen at the theater.

Comment by Robert Feenstra on August 11, 2019 at 2:53pm

The schematics I have for this radio is from Riders and is the "combination" set of schematics.  I'm not sure how many changes there may have been from those schematics to the radio I have.  One change I have found is that the screen grids for the AM RF, Converter and 1st and 2nd IF tubes are supplied through a switch on the Selectivity control.  When in the extreme right (phono) position, the screens are disconnected from the power supply.  Are there schematics that apply to this version of the AM/FM Philly that may indicate other changes to the design?

Comment by Robert Feenstra on August 13, 2019 at 9:11pm

Disassembly is well under way.  A real pain to get the RF/Osc./ band switch out.  The structural switch supports/shields cannot be lifted out.  The switches and FM coils need to be removed so that the panel can be rotated to get it out from under the chassis lip.  I would like to know their assembly procedure for this radio.  It would have been much easier if the center panel was not spot welded in.

All coils have been removed except for the FM IF's. Those and the tube shield bases will be next.

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