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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Sep Mon 30, 2019 3:46 pm 
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All I can find:

New Jersey Laws 1928, Acts of the Legislature

"In default for unpaid taxes for the year 1925" (...see page 827 and the list that follows up to where Hudsonia Development is listed on page 860)

Link to book: https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3683774

Link to page: https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.b3683774?urlappend=%3Bseq=860


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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Sep Mon 30, 2019 4:23 pm 
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Thanks! Don't know why I didn't see that.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Sep Mon 30, 2019 4:31 pm 
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Hi David,

Check out the top of page 19 in the June 2008 issue of Antique Radio Classified. The same model receiver is shown, with the same front panel.

https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Ar ... 008-06.pdf

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Sep Mon 30, 2019 6:11 pm 
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Mark,

Thank you. So I think the information in that ARC is wrong, but that is my radio, but it has been separated from the cabinet. If you enlarge the picture I posted of the front panel you will notice that the next control after the second tuning dial has been changed. The panel had been protected by a large tuning dial in the past, and the panel is not faded there. Also you can see in the ARC article and my radio picture a bright screw head to the right of the third control.

Thanks for finding this!

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Nov Tue 26, 2019 5:22 pm 
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hope we can keep this thread alive. Seems like interest has died but I still collect these long box radios. This one I purchased from a friend and I hope to pick it up at the spring 2020 Kutztown meet. The If's look to be Remler but not sure of that. The radio looks to use a lot of parts that are found in a Hammerlund Roberts or the REL LR-4. Does anyone have any infoorthoughts on this nine tube super?

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Nov Tue 26, 2019 5:30 pm 
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Dave -
A "Super" interesting set. Nice compartmentalization, and I agree, the IFs appear to be Remler. If by chance you get it and see they are Selectone, it would be very special. Somewhere there is probably an article describing this, we just have to find it!

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Nov Tue 26, 2019 11:42 pm 
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That set came out of the Don Johnston collection of Windfall, Indiana. The set was auctioned off at the Johnston/Taylor radio auction in Beech Grove Indiana back in September 28, 2019. Don Johnston was one of the founding members of the Indiana Historical Radio Society and at one time was a EH Scott radio dealer.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/56413709@ ... 1525312066

Don K. Johnston obit: https://obituaries.kokomotribune.com/ob ... 1072258717

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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I am fairly sure it did not come from that sale. I had seen pictures of it long before the auction. I am confused.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Dave, I was at that auction. That superhet was part of that auction.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Michael thank you for the information. I like to know where my radios come from, especially ones that come from older, highend collections.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Nov Wed 27, 2019 8:37 am 
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A super that I purchased at Kutztown this year. A St. James which had no cabinet, and with a good amount of warping to the chassis panel. Most of the supers that I manage to add to the collection these days have numerous propblems.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Thanks for keeping this thread alive David! Your St James is a great set and worthy of a good restoration. It looks like there are three different types of IF transformers, and I don't think I've ever seen ones with brown bases like that. Are there any markings on the transformers, or serial numbers? Thanks for sharing!

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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All of the IF transformers on my St. James are missing.

R,

David W.


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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Here is my latest purchase. A Silver Marshall superhet in need of a lot of love. The cabinet is in rough shape but the interior is not so bad. I like the copper shielding, and that it has removable antenna and oscillator coils. This late 1925 or 1926 super is built to receive short wave!


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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: Dec Mon 23, 2019 3:34 am 
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David Willenborg wrote:
All of the IF transformers on my St. James are missing.

R,

David W.

Cool radios David. I've never owned a St. James, but the way the transformers are encapsulated in glass and presumably in vacuum is quite different. Did that improve performance or was it just for show? And have they stood the test of time better than the regular non-encapsulated varieties?

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Matt, I have no idea. I have done no reading on the St. James superhet. Duane has information on the IF's on his web page.

http://www.duanesradios.info/html/st__james_if_transformers.html

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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It looks like the Silver-Marshall was professionally built. I like the information on the coils. It will look great when it's cleaned up a little!

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Here is one of the superhets that I acquired from the Taylor/Johnston collection last fall in Indianapolis. It a Pressley Superheterodyne receiver.

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Because the center of the chassis was slightly sagging from the weight of the balancing capacitor, I installed a couple of temporary standoffs, one situated at each side of the balancing capacitor, to help prop up the chassis. Later I plan to install a couple of period correct looking bakelite standoffs. The standoffs were mounted in holes that once were used to mount ballast resistors for the two audio tubes.

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It was purchased in dusty and dirty condition with, for some reason, the balancing capacitor mounted on top.

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I completely disassembled the entire set down to the nuts and screws and individual wires, cleaned everything and slowly reassembled it. Lucky all of the IF and audio transformers were OK so that made the restoration all the more easier. In the process of it's restoration, I learned a few interesting facts about this particular receiver.

1. The original audio transformers, which were squat and barrel shaped, were later replaced with these tall Federal audio transformers.

2. The balancing capacitor, made by the Elgin Radio Co., was originally mounted underneath the chassis but for whatever reason were mounted above the chassis by the time I acquired it.

3. The circuit, which was originally wired up exactly to what the original schematic called for, was later updated with two extra filament controls. The two middle filament controls are the original controls and the two outer controls were added soon after. Apparently the builder demanded more tube control over the various stages then what the original schematic called for. Personally, I agree with that decision. I would have done the same thing if I was the original builder.

4. The two audio tubes originally had their filament voltages fixed to 5 volts by means of ballast resistors. The holes, where they were mounted, can be found on either side of the balancing capacitor. These two ballast resistors were eliminated when the extra filament controls were later added to the circuit.

5. The filament control knobs, that came with the set when I purchased it, weren't the original knobs. Judging from the larger scrap rings that were made into the panel, I concluded that the more generic pointer knobs were first used so I went and replaced the more modern knobs with the more time period generic pointer knobs.

6. The wires underneath the chassis are all thick buss wire but the wires connecting up to the controls on the front panel are all flexible color coded wires. Flexible wires were used because the front panel is hinged and can be angled back to the operators choosing.

7. The four filament controls control the groups of tubes that are found in the Antenna/Oscillator, IF, Detector, and Audio stages.

8. The front panel has an emblem in Red and Purple with the letters "T F B" engraved in it. I figure that that's the initials of either the set's builder or the set's original owner. I wish I knew who TFB was.

9. I can't find any evidence that this set was ever installed into a cabinet and, personally, I would never want to put it in a cabinet. The chassis is just to flamboyant and showy.

This set is currently up and running but I haven't balanced out the circuit with the balancing capacitor yet. Since radiating superhets aren't something people are currently complaining about, I've opted not to balance out the circuit for the moment. Currently the balancing capacitor is set at it's minimum capacitance. It plays great but there a trick to tuning the entire BC band. While the oscillator can sweep the entire BC band with one swoop, the antenna circuit can only tune in half of the BC band with one full sweep before having to rotate the dial back, change the loop antenna connectors, and then continue tuning in the rest of the BC band. In other words, the antenna tuning dial tracks 2X faster then the oscillator dial. Still the set can pick up all of the stations that my Victoreen superhet can receive despite the strange Pressley (Sangamo) IF transformers. Audio is fantastic and clear when using a good 112A output tube.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
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Love it. Thank you for keeping this thread alive.

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 Post subject: Re: Roaring 20s Superhets
PostPosted: May Tue 05, 2020 11:03 pm 
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Indiana Radios wrote:
9. I can't find any evidence that this set was ever installed into a cabinet and, personally, I would never want to put it in a cabinet. The chassis is just to flamboyant and showy.
It would be a shame to hide the insides. However, have you considered fabricating a plexiglass cover that would offer some protection against inadvertent physical damage without hiding the radio? You could always provide adequate ventilation or just remove the cover when using the radio or purposely showing it off.

Just a thought.

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