The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
So this interesting chassis landed here this weekend, thanks to fellow member Dave Poland. He brought me a Phantom Deluxe, but I quickly realized, it was originally supposed to be an FM Phantom. In the first two pictures, note the plugged tube holes and the plugs and extra holes on the side of the chassis.
The next two images show an early FM Phantom - where the FM IF and discriminator are bolted on the side of the chassis. The top view shows the two tubes that would be where the hole plugs reside:
Clearly this chassis was punched and drilled to be an early FM set, but was shipped as a regular Deluxe Phantom. I wonder if this reflects on a lack of interest in the early FM. Or perhaps an over estimation of the FM potential. Either way, a fascinating find. Any other thoughts???