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 Post subject: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
PostPosted: Nov Sat 25, 2017 11:41 am 
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I found this radio in 1980 when installing garage doors as a teenager. I asked the couple if they'd like to sell it, and they just gave it to me. I never refinished it, just made a new dial indicator and a back for it. Remember, I was 15 then. My mother thought it was cute, so she hung on to it after I graduated school. I asked her last week if she still had it.

She did, bless her heart.

I realise that my repairs aren't restoration grade, but I remember getting it for my own enjoyment, and she enjoyed it for years after I left home. I told her not to plug it in anymore until it can be serviced.

I can't find any pics or info on this set other than the label telling me it is a Maguire model 571 made by Meissner. Not in RM.org, not in Google. Is it uncommon? I see that the others I can find are either plastic or steel, but no wooden sets.

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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
PostPosted: Nov Sat 25, 2017 1:29 pm 
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Found this photo on Pinterest.


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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
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That's the first wooden cabinet Maguire that I've ever seen. I think it looks better then the bakelite version.

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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
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I have never seen that version either. Has to be far less common than the bakelite ones.

My parents were originally from Mt. Carmel and I had relatives who worked for Meissner and could very well have been involved in the manufacture of those radios. Meissner did not make all that many consumer radios in comparison to most other radio companies.

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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
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Maguire 571 is listed in Sams set 44 folder 10


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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
PostPosted: Nov Sat 25, 2017 11:47 pm 
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Thanks guys! I told my mother it was not a very common set and that I had never seen another one, not even a photo.

I remember so clearly seeing it sitting in a couple's garage, right next to the garage door on a stiffener between two studs in a wall. That was in southern Indiana, just about a half hour drive northeast of Evansville. I only cleaned it off, so that is the finish that was on it when I got it. I have trouble though dealing with the concept that was 37 years ago.

Next, I have to hunt down a particular model that began this fascination with radios in the late sixties.

Thanks again, guys.
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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
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Sounds like it spent most of it's life not too far from where it was built then, since Mt. Carmel is only about 40 miles NW of Evansville. Must have been sold by a small town retailer somewhere in the area.

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Meissner model 5A is the same electrically.
Schematic: http://americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX ... e-0060.pdf

https://www.samswebsite.com/en/photofac ... msid/44_10

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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
PostPosted: Nov Sun 26, 2017 12:04 pm 
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Thank you, Egg! I saved that schematic. I am over 14,000 miles from that radio now.

Mr Detrola, that radio traveled with us from Evansville, to Pikeville, Kentucky, then to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and is now near Rineyville, Kentucky. I don't know if I'll bring it to Australia, but I have thought about it.

Somehow, I feel as though I'd be kidnapping it.

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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
PostPosted: Nov Tue 28, 2017 11:36 pm 
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Maybe a well done replacement cabinet if the Bakelite got ruined?


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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
PostPosted: Nov Wed 29, 2017 5:36 am 
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MrFixIt wrote:
Maybe a well done replacement cabinet if the Bakelite got ruined?



I was wondering about that possibility myself, having never seen one of these in a wooden cabinet, particularly because the construction of the speaker grille does not look like anything that would be found on a factory built cabinet. Even if it was homemade, it was a very nice job of woodworking.

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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
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MrFixit, Mr. Detrola,

I remember it was a VERY well made cabinet. It had very fine kerfs on the bends at the top corners, about 1/16 of an inch maybe less. The speaker grill was loose, so it was slid out and reglued in place allowing me to see how narrow the lip on the grill was, and I doubt it was over 1/8th inch which would require pretty fair accuracy for the cut-out to fit the grill into. I wish I could remember if the hole was die-cut or not.

If it was home made, the guy lived in a cabinet shop. Yes, I have little doubt it could have been done, but if it was, the builder was by no means a beginner and had access to tools not found in most commercial cabinetry shops. The tolerances and uniformity of its construction implies to me that this was not the only one made.

IMPLIES, but does not confirm. You may very well be right.

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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
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Perhaps some day an advertisement or catalog from that era will turn up showing a photo of that model in a wooden cabinet, or another identical set will turn up.

I have seen some amazing things come out of our local high school's wood shop class, as well as from people who have woodworking equipment at home, which are far better made than any factory built items I have ever seen.

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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
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You might be interested in some of the big Meissners that I happen to be working on right now:

https://www.russoldradios.com/blog

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 Post subject: Re: A Maguire I got in 1980 turns up at my mother's house.
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 9:13 am 
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phlogiston,

I didn't know Meissner made high end receivers, I always thought they leaned more towards ham/communications gear. VERY impressive!

I got my Maguire at a time when I was not very knowledgeable as to what I really liked, I liked them ALL back then. Good, bad, indifferent. Yes, I let a good many go for so much less than their value, I just didn't know then. The Maguire was just one that survived several cullings because my mother thought it was cute. She ended up with it when I left at 18.

Anymore, my tastes have turned to 1920's kit and homebrew sets (YES, I have drooled over the superhets!). I like to think about how someone sweated and struggled to get things right for himself, a child, or a wife to make them smile. Christmas music for their holiday cheer, news of the world, or even finding out what the evil lurked in the hearts of men from 'The Shadow'. Their simple elegance gets to me just as much as their history.

Lindsey


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