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 Post subject: Re: RCA console
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 2:42 am 
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I happened to be in Atlantic City on business and this was still listed so I set up an appointment to see it.

Now it's in the back of my car until I can get help moving it downstairs to my shop!

Very dusty but a big intact chassis and large pedastal speaker. The cabinet has some small veneer chips. Biggest problem is the doors are very slightly warped at the bottom but it still looks good.

Can't wait to hear it playing.

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: RCA console
PostPosted: May Fri 17, 2019 4:15 pm 
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Congratulations! Thats one of the nicest RCA cosnoles they made in my opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: RCA console
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 1:32 am 
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Thank you. I think it also one of the heaviest! The older I get the heavier they feel.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA console
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 4:32 am 
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I have a 281, put in a new dial the original was way to dark red and the grill has to go I did order the factory cloth from radio daze and should install soon. I got the electrical done and it plays nicely. I payed around $200 for mine from an acholic , he said if I didn't buy it he was going to gut it and make a liquor cabinet out it. I had to buy. That model does not show up to often. Mine had been refinished at some point wasn't me that did it but I may in the future do it and will put the missing decals back on.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA console
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 4:38 am 
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SteveJB wrote:
I happened to be in Atlantic City on business and this was still listed so I set up an appointment to see it.

Now it's in the back of my car until I can get help moving it downstairs to my shop!

Very dusty but a big intact chassis and large pedastal speaker. The cabinet has some small veneer chips. Biggest problem is the doors are very slightly warped at the bottom but it still looks good.

Can't wait to hear it playing.

Steve

Congrats Steve that radio is a heavy good lookin unit, I don't see any bullet holes in it, that's good. A Gangster probably owned it when it was new.


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 Post subject: Re: RCA console
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 1:10 pm 
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Fred, any chance you still have the original dark red dial?

I would be interested in it if its still intact.

-Steve

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 Post subject: Re: RCA console
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 1:47 pm 
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azenithnut wrote:
Fred, any chance you still have the original dark red dial?

I would be interested in it if its still intact.

-Steve

I'm pretty sure I threw it away, why would you want it?


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 Post subject: Re: RCA console
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 1:53 pm 
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I actually like the darker dial over the replacement. My 381 Duo which uses the same chassis has a busted dial.

Call me strange, or weird, I don't care :wink:

I suppose it won't be too hard to find someone wanting to replace the old dark dial in their sets.

-Steve

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 Post subject: Re: RCA console
PostPosted: May Sat 18, 2019 2:37 pm 
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Congratulations on getting that 281. Once you've restored it, you'll be very happy with the sound, operation and performance of it. I know I was with my GE M125!

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Terry


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