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 Post subject: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Sun 26, 2020 8:45 pm 
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Found this today for. After a quick dusting and a little Olde English, she doesn't look half bad. IT plays too. I know, I know.....I will get it restored. But when I went to pick it up, they had it playing. It sounded great, with lots of volume, and good tone. Picked up a ton of stations, unlike some of my other radios.

Its a 40-205xx. Not sure of the proper suffix letters. I think this might be the one that took the wireless remote. Not sure.


I'm kind of on a roll this week.

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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Sun 26, 2020 9:09 pm 
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Howard's with walnut stain in it will cover scratches and nicks a little better. That's a nice looking example from a Philco line that doesn't get enough respect.

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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Sun 26, 2020 9:13 pm 
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Nice find! Your radios would be perfect in the Finds & Losses thread...

It's in Radio Clubhouse forum, here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=369883

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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Sun 26, 2020 9:14 pm 
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Regular or Dark walnut? I see that they have both.


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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Sun 26, 2020 9:15 pm 
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It doe indeed take the Mystery Control. There is a "remote" position on the right side of the dial that can be selected, and unfortunately the remote is the only way to select the preset stations on the front. About half of the tubes in that set are dedicated to receiving the remote signal, but its still a cool radio. I don't think the Mystery Control sets get near enough love; they may not have the most stunning cabinet and dial combinations, but they aren't hideous.

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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Sun 26, 2020 9:16 pm 
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palegreenthumb wrote:
Nice find! Your radios would be perfect in the Finds & Losses thread...

It's in Radio Clubhouse forum, here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=369883



Is there a way that a moderator could move them? I don't want to double post.


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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Sun 26, 2020 9:22 pm 
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rdnzl wrote:
Is there a way that a moderator could move them? I don't want to double post.

I wouldn't worry about it for the ones you've already started individual topics about.

There's a new Finds & Losses thread every month. Most of us post our new Finds there when we have them.

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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Sun 26, 2020 9:29 pm 
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rdnzl wrote:
Regular or Dark walnut? I see that they have both.

I use walnut along with Gojo white to moisturize the dry finish. I've never tried the dark walnut. #0000 steel wool used very gently, WITH the grain. Also, an old toothbrush to get the seams.

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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Mon 27, 2020 3:38 am 
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It is a 40-205RX. It has 12 tubes and 10 watts of push-pull audio. Serious radio,


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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
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I believe that 4 of the tubes are solely for the Mystery Control system. But it does sound really good.


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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
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That's a beaut! The nice thing is that the remotes aren't too difficult to acquire, if you want one. There are a couple on feepay right now.

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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Mon 27, 2020 7:56 am 
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Picked up a ton of stations, unlike some of my other radios.

I have a Philco 40-180 console (8 tubes, no mystery control, so likely the same or a similar chassis) which is my best tube receiver AFA sensitivity. Your's, after restoration, may become the same for you.

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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Mon 27, 2020 10:20 am 
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A friend has one and I like the look of it. Have some pics and also a 4 page article. This was written by Peter Lankshear down in NZ. Yes! they got there. He's a good writer in my opinion. If you would like a copy as Jpegs then PM me an e-mail.

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 Post subject: Re: Today's find. Philco 40-205
PostPosted: Jan Tue 28, 2020 12:26 am 
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The woodwork is very nice. I have a 39-116 and the sound quality is very nice. The remote control can be finicky, hopefully your stepper unit is in good condition. It's fun to see the call letters flash as the remote goes through it's paces.


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