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 Post subject: Spotted a nice Columbia Viva-tonal 961 cabinet today
PostPosted: Mar Sun 04, 2018 11:30 pm 
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Saw this at a local antique mall this morning. It appears to have once housed an early electric Columbia Viva-tonal phonograph and a Kolster radio receiver.

It's really a shame that all internals had been removed as it appears to be an early high-end radio/phono similar to a Brunswick Panatrope.


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 Post subject: Re: Spotted a nice Columbia Viva-tonal 961 cabinet today
PostPosted: Mar Mon 05, 2018 4:06 am 
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Beautiful cabinet.

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 Post subject: Re: Spotted a nice Columbia Viva-tonal 961 cabinet today
PostPosted: Mar Mon 05, 2018 2:47 pm 
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charlief64 wrote:
Beautiful cabinet.


Yeah. It's a real shame that it's been gutted.

Around here acoustic Viva-tonal machines are pretty scarce but this is the closest that I've come to an electric Viva-tonal in 40+ years.


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 Post subject: Re: Spotted a nice Columbia Viva-tonal 961 cabinet today
PostPosted: Nov Fri 09, 2018 5:06 am 
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I'm glad I found this thread. I have one of these cabinets with everything intact. It's beautiful. The tone arm and cartridge need some love, but the rest appears to be in great shape. I haven't been able to plug it in due to the electrical cord being in rough shape. Do you know of anyone who restores these?


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 Post subject: Re: Spotted a nice Columbia Viva-tonal 961 cabinet today
PostPosted: Nov Fri 09, 2018 3:06 pm 
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Oh, your the one who has it for sale on LetGo.

https://us.letgo.com/en/i/vintage-antiq ... 85e4c8c419

And on Craigslist.

https://denver.craigslist.org/fuo/d/vin ... 94892.html

Or is it for sale?

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 Post subject: Re: Spotted a nice Columbia Viva-tonal 961 cabinet today
PostPosted: Nov Fri 09, 2018 4:14 pm 
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Steve, thanks for the swift response. Yes, I'm that guy. I posted it to see what kind of response I would get. For the right buyer and the right price, I will let it go. Otherwise, I might restore it. I think it's a wonderful piece. What are your thoughts on it?


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 Post subject: Re: Spotted a nice Columbia Viva-tonal 961 cabinet today
PostPosted: Nov Fri 09, 2018 5:42 pm 
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Well, resist all temptations to plug it in.
It will need all paper capacitors replaced before it is safe to power up. Lest one fails and takes an unobtanium transformer with it.

It seems the phonograph tone arm has some potmetal issues. As it sits its probably in the $150-200 range.

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 Post subject: Re: Spotted a nice Columbia Viva-tonal 961 cabinet today
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Thank you. I will not attempt to plug it in. Are the paper capacitors hard to come by? Do you people who do this work?


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 Post subject: Re: Spotted a nice Columbia Viva-tonal 961 cabinet today
PostPosted: Nov Fri 09, 2018 10:38 pm 
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Yes, modern capacitor replacements are fairly easy to come by. There are a couple vendors of them in the right hand column.
The old paper capacitors should be replaced by modern Mylar or Polypropylene types.
Electrolytic capacitors are also a problem, but I don't think your radio uses any.

You could contact your local radio club https://www.radioace.com/
for help in restoration.

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