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 Post subject: Early '60's Packard-Bell tube console stereo
PostPosted: Nov Wed 03, 2010 1:41 am 
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This one came home with me as part of the other new toys that I brought back from that closed TV shop. This is an early '60's Packard-Bell tube stereo and when I first saw the control panel, I figured I'd find a hot chassis inside the cabinet. Much to my surprise, it uses a power transformer and a 6BM8 output tube for each channel. The record changer is a VM and will need the usual treatment that all of these need after 40+ years. The tuner works on AM; but, is dead on FM and there is motorboating on all selector positions. Right now, this is an FM mono unit; but, has provisions for an FM MPX adapter. Although not high end by any means, it should turn out to be a nice smaller stereo when I'm finished with it. And, this is the first Packard Bell stereo that I've owned. For some reason, that brand never was popular in my area.

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 Post subject: Re: Early '60's Packard-Bell tube console stereo
PostPosted: May Tue 13, 2014 12:30 am 
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Do you know what the model number was? My family had that stereo.


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 Post subject: Re: Early '60's Packard-Bell tube console stereo
PostPosted: May Tue 13, 2014 4:44 pm 
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radiotvnut wrote:
...I figured I'd find a hot chassis inside the cabinet. Much to my surprise, it uses a power transformer and a 6BM8 output tube for each channel.
I thought the same thing when I saw a single tone control. I was surprised when I saw the power transformer hanging there. My first glance at the cabinet I thought it had 6x9-inch woofers but then thought it was just the angle the photo was taken until I scrolled down to the rear view. It won't shake the joists but I bet it sounds fairly good.

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 Post subject: Re: Early '60's Packard-Bell tube console stereo
PostPosted: May Tue 13, 2014 9:02 pm 
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3.5 year old thread.

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 Post subject: Re: Early '60's Packard-Bell tube console stereo
PostPosted: May Tue 13, 2014 11:47 pm 
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rocketeer wrote:
3.5 year old thread.
Larry

Larry,
You know, I didn't notice that. Is this a bad thing? At what point is it prudent to ignore an old thread? I hope I haven't offended anyone. Should I delete my earlier comment?

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 Post subject: Re: Early '60's Packard-Bell tube console stereo
PostPosted: May Wed 14, 2014 12:12 am 
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And, I still haven't fixed this thing yet. I need to stop buying stuff and fix what's here.

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 Post subject: Re: Early '60's Packard-Bell tube console stereo
PostPosted: May Wed 14, 2014 4:48 am 
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Doug VanCleave wrote:
rocketeer wrote:
3.5 year old thread.
Larry

Larry,
You know, I didn't notice that. Is this a bad thing? At what point is it prudent to ignore an old thread? I hope I haven't offended anyone. Should I delete my earlier comment?

Doug, there is nothing wrong with reviving an old thread. This is one reason we don't delete them after a certain length of time. Your earlier comment is fine. Ir was Robert3750 who posted on the thread and revived it. You probably didn't notice it was an old thread.


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