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 Post subject: Which Is More Desirable...
PostPosted: Oct Sun 27, 2019 2:38 am 
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RCA Victor 8-T-244

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RCA Victor 9-T-246


Also, which would be the easier to get functional?


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 Post subject: Re: Which Is More Desirable...
PostPosted: Oct Sun 27, 2019 3:08 pm 
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It boils down to which one you like the looks of best.

The two sets although a year apart have basically similar chassis, with a few minor changes in the 9T246. The performance of both should be identical when properly restored. As far as difficulty restoring the electronics, no difference between them.

Either one should work really well when finished, provided of course that the CRT is good. That's your main criteria when purchasing a set of that vintage to restore, you absolutely must test the CRT with a CRT tester first to verify that it's good enough to use. They no longer rebuild CRT's and the supply of good used ones is slowly drying up, but they can be found. At least the round types used here were very popular in the day.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Is More Desirable...
PostPosted: Oct Sun 27, 2019 3:10 pm 
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Do you have access to them to check the CRTs? The 8T244 is a 10" 1948 model, and the 9T246 is a 12" 1949 model. Both have similar chassis, and would need the same amount of work; replacement of the electrolytic capacitors, molded and wax capacitors, and drifted resistors. The condition of the cabinets is also important, depending upon your restoration skills in that area.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Is More Desirable...
PostPosted: Oct Sun 27, 2019 5:34 pm 
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8T244 much less common and more desirable...……..


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 Post subject: Re: Which Is More Desirable...
PostPosted: Oct Mon 28, 2019 12:35 am 
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Tim Tress wrote:
Do you have access to them to check the CRTs? The 8T244 is a 10" 1948 model, and the 9T246 is a 12" 1949 model. Both have similar chassis, and would need the same amount of work; replacement of the electrolytic capacitors, molded and wax capacitors, and drifted resistors. The condition of the cabinets is also important, depending upon your restoration skills in that area.

I had a 9T246 and it was a 10" set with a 10BP4 not a 12" set.

Value of the two is basically the same. Definitely good to test the CRT if they want more than $50 for it. If it is bad and wherever you are you don't mind driving to Milwaukee to pick up (I don't ship) I have some spare 10BP4s and some spare 12LP4s.
A few things to note....the chassis weigh about 85lbs.... meaning these are a b!tch to move, and the 9T246 is a completely metal cabinet set with painted fake woodgrain on top...If it is scuffed and damaged it won't be a simple wood cabinet refinish job. Also every inside surface except the bottom of a stock 9T246 is covered in asbestos sheets...the top one on my old set fell off and got thrown out.


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 Post subject: Re: Which Is More Desirable...
PostPosted: Oct Mon 28, 2019 12:52 am 
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Interestingly, Radio Museum calls it a 12 inch, with a 12LP4. Maybe someone got the model number wrong.

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