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kchero
02-28-2011, 01:54 AM
Random Question: I have a late 50's to 60's aged Magnavox cabinet that contains a record player as well as a AM/FM Radio. I will occassionally play records on it or listen to the radio etc. Well the other day ordered a few new records from ebay and decided to play them and when I decided to turn on the player nothing happened. The radio nor the record player will power on. I have done the basic trouble shooting like trying different wall sockets, etc and I am kind of at a lost. The other night I lost power at my place several times due to the ice storm so I do not know if that has something to do with it or not.
I honestly, do not know much about these old record players so I was curious if anyone had any suggestions or knew of anyone in the KC area who could provide any type of assistance in these matters. Thanks for the heads up in advance.

"Bob" Dobbs
02-28-2011, 02:48 AM
Fuses?

Huffman83
02-28-2011, 04:58 AM
Agreed. Check the fuses. Being that it's that old, does the unit run off of tubes?

"Bob" Dobbs
02-28-2011, 05:10 AM
Yeah, I was gonna have him check tubes next, then it occurred to me that I haven't seen a tube tester in YEARS. Could also be a blown cap in the power supply. Hell, if you wanna listen to LP's, get one of those newfangled USB turntables. Fixing this could be a project.

Huffman83
02-28-2011, 05:35 AM
Being a musician and a tube nut, I've seen quite a few tube testers. They're hard to get a hold of (also getting the charts in order to get the right settings for odd tubes w/ the unit can be a bitch.) Apparently they can tell you if a tube would work. It just won't tell you how well.

"Bob" Dobbs
02-28-2011, 05:42 AM
For some reason, they seemed to have tube testers at most drugstores when I was a kid. I'm just thinking that a lot of consumer equipment of that era wouldn't be worth fixing IMO.

Simply Red
02-28-2011, 06:21 AM
look for a pair of techniques, Pawn shops in the city will have them. DJ's go broke and need money for their E.

FAX
02-28-2011, 06:56 AM
I think you probably blew a fuse or a tube. Either that or the power outage may have spiked sufficiently to short out a worn wire or a solder connection.

Also, pull out the turntable and see if somebody stashed some marijuana underneath it during a late '50s police raid.

FAX

"Bob" Dobbs
02-28-2011, 07:08 AM
It could also be as simple as reseating the tubes in their sockets. With the AC cord unplugged, of course.

kchero
02-28-2011, 09:10 AM
Thanks for the heads up guys. Like many have suggested I am going to have to check the fuses and tubes and I hope that corrects it. If not I don't think I am willing to invest the money on this guy (Especially when you can buy those record / cd players at target for $100). None the less, since this thing has age to it I suppose it holds a bit of nostalgia in it for me (Even though I was born in the early 80's).

Frosty
02-28-2011, 09:29 AM
It could also be as simple as reseating the tubes in their sockets. With the AC cord unplugged, of course.

Some of those tubes can hold enough charge to pack a wallop, even with the power off . Be careful.

BigMeatballDave
02-28-2011, 09:38 AM
Just get this... http://www.elpj.com/ http://www.elpj.com/images/twostyles2.jpg

Huffman83
02-28-2011, 12:29 PM
Thanks for the heads up guys. Like many have suggested I am going to have to check the fuses and tubes and I hope that corrects it. If not I don't think I am willing to invest the money on this guy (Especially when you can buy those record / cd players at target for $100). None the less, since this thing has age to it I suppose it holds a bit of nostalgia in it for me (Even though I was born in the early 80's).

Post some pics and or a model # for us. That way we have a better idea of what we're talking about.

Huffman83
02-28-2011, 12:30 PM
Just get this... http://www.elpj.com/ http://www.elpj.com/images/twostyles2.jpg

That's pretty cool!

Hydrae
02-28-2011, 01:24 PM
Just get this... http://www.elpj.com/ http://www.elpj.com/images/twostyles2.jpg

Did you see the price for those things? Bottom end is at $7K! :eek:

BigMeatballDave
02-28-2011, 01:42 PM
Did you see the price for those things? Bottom end is at $7K! :eek:Yeah, you'd have to be a major vinyl geek to drop 7 grand on that.

kchero
02-28-2011, 08:51 PM
Post some pics and or a model # for us. That way we have a better idea of what we're talking about.

Well it looks like I ended up getting it going again. I opened up the cabinet and unconnected and reconnect every wire / cord inside and then it worked so it seems it must have been a connection problem (thank god). Thanks for everyone pitching in and for all of their helpful hints.
On a side note, I am not pleased with the sound quality I am recieving. I may look at other options to see if I can correct this. If not I may be going ahead and purchasing one of those newer CD player / record players. None the less, it is something about having that vintage piece in my place that really ties the room together (Like the Dude's rug from the Big Lebowski).

HonestChieffan
02-28-2011, 10:11 PM
www.vinyl-renaissance.com/

In shawnee. Tech guy can fix the old stuff

googlegoogle
03-01-2011, 01:47 AM
http://most-expensive.net/turntable-in-world

300,000 dollar ones are available

kchero
03-01-2011, 09:56 AM
www.vinyl-renaissance.com/

In shawnee. Tech guy can fix the old stuff

Thanks for the heads up. I saw his website when I was investigating earlier, but it is good to have a word of mouth.

kchero
03-01-2011, 09:56 AM
http://most-expensive.net/turntable-in-world

300,000 dollar ones are available

Just a little out of my price range for my Pink Floyd and Rush albums. :p