The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
With all my talk about the top radios we all love, I forgot to tell you about my Magnavox Concert Grand, the 1861 console phonograph that is considered by many the finest console stereo phonograph ever made. First there is the outstanding cabinet which is a beautiful piece of furniture in any of the styles which were released. Mine is the French Provincialin Mahogany and weighs about three hundred pounds and contains 42 (!) tubes. It has a turntable made by Collaro of Britain and uses two very heavy magnet woofers (about 50 ounces each with overweight paper and then two big horn tweeters of high quality. The radio is AM and FM and there are inputs for other devices. One outstanding feature is that it was built with a remote control system. The remote units are rather hard to find but operate well. Now, having said all that I will tell you that I have never heard one! I am going only by the opinions of people who swear by them (and it's a rather limited "club"). I do have a restored Magnavox Imperial Console that is quite nice looking and sounding but the Concert Grand is supposed to outperform it by a mile. I waited three long years to find one and then I made a deal with a man from Texas who had one on ebay that didn't sell right away. It came here demolished and I was beyond upset. Then an amazing thing happened. The guy from Texas located one that was in Kutztown, only an hour away from me. So, I promptly went and picked it up myself. But Chuck A. only recently started to restore it since he has been so behind with other orders. Then I did something really crazy. The very nice fellow who sold the second one to me needed money very badly and so I bought his personal Concert Grand as well. So, from nothing I went to three of them. We are waiting to settle a claim for the damage of the first, waiting to hear the second, and will have to sell the third. I have access to a remote for the third should the buyer want one.
Has anyone here heard a Concert Grand? If so, what is your opinion? I know, of course, that it will not be as exciting as, say, a high level tube receiver or amp hooked up to a huge speaker system like those monster Bozaks. But they will never look like a good "Maggy" either!