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 Post subject: A-K 44 w/Ornate Pooley 7500 Cabinet Followed Me Home Today
PostPosted: Dec Thu 14, 2017 4:13 am 
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This was a local Craiglist find and I thought some of you might like to see it. When I saw the ad, I told myself it would need to be something interesting before I would bring another console home.

It is an Atwater Kent Model 44 in a Pooley cabinet along with the original manual, station log and hanging tag. The speaker is not an Atwater Kent speaker, but was made by the Sterling Mfg Co. licensed under a number of Magnavox patents.

This radio was in an old mansion near the Blackstone District in Omaha that had been the Omaha Woman's Club headquarters for many years until it was purchased by the University Medical Center a few years ago. Now the place was being sold and this radio and a couple other pieces were all that were left in the building.

Judging from the plaque on the inner door, the radio was donated to the Omaha Women's Club by the H.C. Noll Company, an Atwater Kent Distributor in Omaha during the 1920's and 30's.
I have every reason to believe this radio has been in the same building for the last 88 years.

The cabinet and radio are both in very good condition. The gentleman responsible for selling the pieces said to make him an offer. So fifty dollars later, I was pulling out the chassis and speaker to load them all into the back of my RAV4

I will take some more pictures tomorrow and get them posted. There are some unusual features to the radio, loudspeaker, and cabinet that might be of interest to some.

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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
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Very nice, Paul.

Here's a modern schematic if you need it (hopefully not):
http://atwaterkent.info/TechData/Drawin ... 900sch.pdf

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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
PostPosted: Dec Thu 14, 2017 4:52 am 
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Very nice, Paul.

Here's a modern schematic if you need it (hopefully not):
http://atwaterkent.info/TechData/Drawin ... 900sch.pdf

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Thanks.
It looks untouched. I am guessing it will need a full recap to bring it up to playing condition.

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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
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Fantastic deal. Looks like a Pooley 7500 except the design on the outer doors looks different than what I've seen before.
The design that I have and I've seen more often can be seen on picture 38 on my web sight.
It might actually have a slightly different Pooley cabinet model number. I look forward to seeing more pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
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atwaterkentsrus wrote:
Fantastic deal. Looks like a Pooley 7500 except the design on the outer doors looks different than what I've seen before.
The design that I have and I've seen more often can be seen on picture 38 on my web sight.
It might actually have a slightly different Pooley cabinet model number. I look forward to seeing more pictures.


It does have a 7500 plaque on the upper back of the cabinet.

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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
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Great find! The provenance with the plaque is very distinguished. What do the call log entries signify?

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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
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That is STUNNING!!! I am green with envy!!

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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
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processhead wrote:
Leigh wrote:
Very nice, Paul.

Here's a modern schematic if you need it (hopefully not):
http://atwaterkent.info/TechData/Drawin ... 900sch.pdf

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Thanks.
It looks untouched. I am guessing it will need a full recap to bring it up to playing condition.


Yes it will. Thankfully The filter caps are in a separate can along with one choke. Probably the easiest AK metal box set to recap. I strongly recommend removing the cap can and freezing it. Then simply hit with mallet and the components along with the tar come falling out. The 44 is my favorite AK metal box set. A very good performing trf as well.

Beautiful cabinet!!

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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
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Last night and today I did some appraisal of the cabinet's condition. Two things I noted were some loosening of the leg spindles and some loose glue joints on the chassis drawer assembly and front panel.

Considering the combined weight of the cabinet, chassis and speaker combined, it was not a surprise that the legs joints were loose after all these years. This thing is a monster, and the leg design is not particularly robust. I will be doing some orthopedic surgery to the cabinet legs to get the lower end back to full strength.

The chassis drawer assembly repair was pretty straightforward and i was able to wrap that up last night. Glued and clamped, it is now intact and slides in and out of the cabinet without binding.

The loudspeaker on this radio is not an Atwater Kent speaker, nor is it a speaker design that I am familiar with. This is the first A-K/ Pooley console I have encountered with another manufacturers speaker in it. Does anyone know if this was a common practice or have heard of Sterling?

Also, This speaker appears to operate from of 120 volts AC to energize its field coil. There are 4 separate leads between the radio and speaker. One pair of leads is connected to the spring-loaded speaker binding posts. The other two leads terminate in the power pack. I have not traced them yet, but I would imagine they connect to 120 volts AC. I am unclear how this would power the field coil without some sort of rectifier and filtering?

This speaker is smaller than any of the A-K speakers I am aware of from that time period. Maybe the small size is what drove the decision to outsource it?

Finally, the speaker grill cloth was loose and flopping around, driving me nuts, so I took a few minutes to glue it back in place. It is extremely fragile, so getting it glued down and stabilized should preserve it much better than before.

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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
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That thing is awesome. Congrats.


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And the tubes were in it? Nice!


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processhead wrote:
The loudspeaker on this radio is not an Atwater Kent speaker, nor is it a speaker design that I am familiar with. This is the first A-K/ Pooley console I have encountered with another manufacturers speaker in it. Does anyone know if this was a common practice or have heard of Sterling?
Also, This speaker appears to operate from of 120 volts AC to energize its field coil.
Hi Paul,

The 44 receiver was meant to operate with a type E speaker.
The E was an early PM speaker, so no field coil at all.

You'll have to trace out the connections for the Sterling speaker and duplicate them.

No doubt it was used because of the space available for it in that Pooley cabinet.
The AK E speakers were large and round, like this:
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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
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The wiring between the set and speaker is all intact and connected, so I don't think I will need to trace out anything. By all appearances, this speaker is original to the radio and the cabinet.

I would agree that the choice of speaker was likely driven by the size constraints of the cabinet.
Even the smallest version of the E-series speaker would not have fit in front of this cabinet.

I am wondering if Jimmy's 7500 uses this speaker as well?

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LarryFS wrote:
Great find! The provenance with the plaque is very distinguished. What do the call log entries signify?

Larry

They would have been someones efforts to document the station call signs they received and the dial settings where they found them.

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And the tubes were in it? Nice!


All the tubes were in it, Art. A few of them look like replacements and had adhesive test tags on them. The newest tag was on one of the ST tubes and was dated 1939. Other test tags were dated 1931. Some of the globe tubes were RCA and may be originals.

I believe this radio sat in a corner for many years and didn't get much attention or was tampered with.

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 Post subject: Re: A-K 44 In An Ornate Pooley Cabinet Followed Me Home Toda
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processhead wrote:
By all appearances, this speaker is original to the radio and the cabinet.

Original to the cabinet... yes.
Original to the 44 radio... no.

It was quite common in that era to sell cabinets made by independent companies like Pooley. The customer would pick out a radio, a speaker, and a cabinet. The dealer would assemble the complete set and deliver it to the customer.

It's quite likely the speaker was custom-made for that Pooley cabinet.

I don't think Arthur would ever sell a set from the factory with a competitor's speaker.
His mind didn't work that way.

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Paul,
Sadly, the Pooley 7500 that I have is only the cabinet. Someone decided to remove all the "guts". It was basically free, so I picked it up because I liked the cabinet. I can tell that it was the 7500 version that did not have the 2 small doors beside the speaker. It had a speaker grille the complete width of the inside cabinet. Th speaker was actually on the left side (looking at it from the front) and a turntable took up the center and right side. I've seen a few of both styles. In all the ones that I have seen, they all had an AK44 and the speaker looked similar to an AK-E3 but no metal housing across the back like an E3 and actually stamped "Pooley" on the cone. I've never seen one with the type speaker that yours has. It could have been added/changed by the distributor.

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Great story, a treasure for sure. That Sterling speaker looks identical to a Magnavox brand speaker used on a 1929 Kellogg model 525 I am currently in the process of electrically restoring. I have seen this same speaker on various 1928 makes and models as well. Nice find!

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Great story, a treasure for sure. That Sterling speaker looks identical to a Magnavox brand speaker used on a 1929 Kellogg model 525 I am currently in the process of electrically restoring. I have seen this same speaker on various 1928 makes and models as well. Nice find!

Jon


Thanks for the information, Jon.
I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that there is a connection between the two companies. As I get further into this project, I may need to pick your brain on your experience with this speaker.
A quick check showed that I had continuity though the voice coil and the field coil. I also see what appear to be two flat capacitors tucked down under the voice coil.
Not sure what their purpose is yet.

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