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 Post subject: Small oddball ''farm'' console with a chrome chassis
PostPosted: Sep Tue 14, 2021 5:31 am 
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So a few months ago i picked up this rather tiny M.W. Airline console that is a battery only unit. Normally that would make it mostly mundane and worthless other than its cute size....... but what is really strange about it is that it has a chromed chassis! Now i know in the mid 30's many manufacturers put out chrome chassis, however from what i've seen it was usually done for high end sets, not the bottom of the barrel units... So i guess i was wondering what all y'alls thoughts were?


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 Post subject: Re: Small oddball ''farm'' console with a chrome chassis
PostPosted: Sep Tue 14, 2021 12:06 pm 
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Manufactured for Wards by Wells-Gardner and Co.

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 Post subject: Re: Small oddball ''farm'' console with a chrome chassis
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MW had a few models they did chrome on. Displaced in such a plain cabinet but the one I had was a similar design.

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 Post subject: Re: Small oddball ''farm'' console with a chrome chassis
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I would say you got alot of work to do on it. But it might be a satisfactory player when done. A battery powered radio like that probably has pretty low power output due to the type of tubes used and the battery drain. You can run them off a power supply though. The DC converter has to be up to snuff, with a good vibrator. I converted a battery set to AC one time. Getting the proper voltages is not hard but the filaments are DC power and it is very easy to get hum problems running them from a power supply. I had difficulty getting the hum to an acceptable level, even though the supply was regulated and well filtered by common standards.

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Those Best brand magnetic speakers certainly aren't...umm, the best.

In a couple farm sets I worked on I found a reasonable looking vintage PM speaker to substitute, keeping the original with the radio.
Probably enough room to screw it to the inside of the cabinet for safe keeping.

A decent speaker can really improve the sound of these farm sets!

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 Post subject: Re: Small oddball ''farm'' console with a chrome chassis
PostPosted: Sep Tue 14, 2021 5:13 pm 
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I don't know about the chrome plating, but in my opinion this radio has three features that make it a cut above your average farm radio and worthwhile restoring and using for your ow enjoyment:

1. Complete full coverage from just below to just above the AM broadcast band.
2. Shortwave band.
3. Push-pull audio.

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 Post subject: Re: Small oddball ''farm'' console with a chrome chassis
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I have a 6 tube GE that works pretty good with a hybrid power supply. I used a not too small power transformer with a 130 vac secondary. Hooked up in reverse, the filtered output connected to a silicon diode measures a perfect 90 volts DC for the high voltage (B+).
It can have a voltage regulator added, but wasn't needed in my case.

For the 2 volts DC A+ battery supply, I made a battery pack with 2 pairs of matched, older D batteries that has an output of 2.4 volts DC. Under load, the voltage drops a bit to 1.9 - 2 Volts.

For the C- supply, batteries last a long time so a holder for 3 AAA batteries works well. Make sure your C+ goes to the chassis, negative bias to the tube.

Always measure your voltages when hooking up the radio. Avoid too high A+ to prevent damage to the filaments, and too low will hurt performance. B+ can go a little higher and the radio just plays louder, no harm in that.

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as for this set... well i'm fairly new to the vintage radio game (classic cars is my forte) so i dont have the parts (and the know how) necessary to convert it to a permanent power supply. i can recap it and refinish the cabinet just fine but that would be the extent of it at this time, so ultimately i will probably pass this along so i can focus on the 50's and 60's sets i got...... once restored that cute little chrome chassis sure would be a highlight of the set.


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For the 90 VDC, ten 9 volt batteries work well. Then you can at least test your work. Cheers.

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