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 Post subject: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Fri 15, 2019 4:58 pm 
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I was asked by a friend to help her sell a bunch of things so she can put her home on the market. One thing is an old 1962 Magnavox ST 611 radio and photograph console. I turned on the radio and no sound comes out of the internal speakers. Antenna wasn’t attached, but shouldn’t there be some static from the speakers? Or something? I then found somewhere on the internet where it said, don’t just plug these in and turn them on. To use something that reduces the electrical flow to them so you don’t fry them. Well, I read that after I turned it on. Does that mean it is fried??


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Fri 15, 2019 5:39 pm 
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It's never a good idea to turn on a piece of 60-year-old electronics without taking some precautions to protect it. But "frying" is usually accompanied by memorable sound and smell effects. If you didn't smell/hear anything odd after turning it on, it is probably OK (or someone before you already "fried" it).

You will need to find a competent tube-gear tech to help you triage the set. There are any number of things which could prevent it from powering up.

The most obvious one is that the mode selector is set to Phono. In Phono mode, the turntable overrides the master power switch and will shut off the entire console when it thinks it has played the last record in the stack.

Try moving the Mode switch to FM or AM. Give it a couple of minutes to warm up before expecting to get any sound out of it.

This model has a little red power-on lamp in the lower right-hand front corner. Whenever the set is active, it should be lit. Also, there are dial illumination lamps which should be lit when the set is on. On a set this old, however, there is no guarantee that all of the bulbs aren't burned out. They are somewhat difficult for the casual user to replace and they frequently got ignored when they finally went out.


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Fri 15, 2019 9:26 pm 
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I got the dial it to light up, just no sound came on. I tried it on AM & FM both. No sound or smell came out like I fried it. My friend said there are exterior speakers to go with it, but I thought it’s important for the internal speakers to work too.

I guess I will need to just sell it without being able to show it works if there is a chance to fry it. I can only help her for the next 3 weeks. :( Thank you very much for your help.


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Fri 15, 2019 9:28 pm 
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Wrong pic on last reply to show it’s on. Light is on the dial in this pic


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Sat 16, 2019 12:32 am 
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The good news is that you can sell the thing "as is" for about the same money as you would get for it working.
Which is probably in the neighborhood of $50. Of course, location is everything (just like real estate) since these things are not economically shippable.

I bought a similar Maggotbox model this past spring for $40. Its radio worked but the FM stereo adapter was bad and the turntable wouldn't spin. I recapped it, replaced several tubes, serviced the turntable, bought a new cartridge and a good used stereo adapter, and refinished the cabinet. Works great now (it's in my living room) but I probably put close to $100 into it (not counting my labor or the initial purchase price). I'd be lucky to get $100 for it if I were to sell it.

There are a lot of these things on the market. I suppose it has something to do with the passing of the generation that embraced them.

If the extension speakers are in decent shape, I'd try to sell them separate from the console. You may find that they will go for about the same money as it does.


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Sat 16, 2019 2:20 pm 
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Is there an 'interior/external' speaker select switch on the rear?
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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Sat 16, 2019 3:29 pm 
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Yarehobbiesso$ wrote:
Is there an 'interior/external' speaker select switch on the rear?
Dan

The speaker mode selector switch is visible at the bottom of the tuning dial on the last photograph. It appears to be set to "both" (internal+ external).


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Sat 16, 2019 3:46 pm 
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Well, duh on my part!
have you tried to 'work' that switch back and forth some, and set it on internal just to see if that's a problem?
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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Sat 16, 2019 4:24 pm 
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Yes, I switched the speaker knob around to try all 3 settings. :( No change in sound.


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Sat 16, 2019 4:34 pm 
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have you taken the back cover off and looked at the amps? Are the tube filaments on #1. Warmed up you should hear a hum and switching noises, turn volume up max, any hum with or without inputs?
switching that speaker selector when on and volume up should produce loud irritating noises

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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Sun 17, 2019 10:52 pm 
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There is no humm or any sound coming from the speakers. No, I don’t have the time to take the cover off and do any extra work. :( This lady has multiples of everything in a full house, shop & shipping container along with stuff outside over a 1/2 acre. I have about 10+ days in the next 3 weeks to help her get through everything.


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 12:52 am 
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Well the party is over. If that shipping container has wheels head for the dump.

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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 12:55 am 
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Sold the shipping container for $2000. They told me I could leave anything in it that I wanted to. :) So, are you saying you think the console is trash? As opposed to the other poster saying it could be worth $50?


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 6:42 am 
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Yes, since you don't have time to check a few things. As is maybe no insides at all. And you have already devoted more time to it for what you might get.

Bill J.


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 6:47 am 
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Well thankfully someone purchased it this evening for $50. I was honest with him and he didn’t care to turn it on. He said he’d probably just pull the amp and destroy the rest of it. He’s done that with about 15 of them. I believed him cause there was no babying this machine as he put it in the back of his trunk half hanging out. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 6:49 am 
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Thank you to everyone who commented. I did learn something from this forum. Old electronics... don’t just plug in without some research on how to do so as not to fry it!


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 2:31 pm 
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That's where the value is, in the amplifier. The rest of the unit, not much.

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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 3:05 pm 
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Mr. Detrola wrote:
That's where the value is, in the amplifier. The rest of the unit, not much.

Hopefully he pulled and saved the MPX decoder, too. These are getting hard to find.

These old units are almost always worth a lot more broken down and parted out than as an assembly, even as a functioning one.


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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Mon 18, 2019 6:19 pm 
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And another one gone, and another one gone.... another one bites the DUST.

Oh well. Cant save them all. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Testing an old Magnavox 1962 ST 611 console
PostPosted: Nov Wed 27, 2019 9:20 pm 
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I know, well, at least the amp and tubes didn't wind up in the dump.


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