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Here's what I did this weekend...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by bobwilson1977, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Feb 16, 2009 at 12:19 PM
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    bobwilson1977

    bobwilson1977 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I restored an 80 year old radio. I've been collecting tube powered radios for years now and this one is pretty interesting. It is a 1927 Kemper model SJ7. Its unusual because it was made in California.There were not many companies making radios out here that early. It is AM only, weighs around 50 pounds, is powered by three large transformers, 7 vacuum tubes, and has an early sound-producing speaker. Most sets around this time had a giant horn for a speaker, but this was a nice set back then. It cost $135 in 1927 dollars. That would be like spending $5,000 on a radio today. It was state of the art.

    Anyhow, it now works. I spent $40 on the thing. Well worth it! Just thought you all would get a kick out of it.
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  2. Feb 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM
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    Jester243

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    Very Nice :thumbsup:
     
  3. Feb 16, 2009 at 12:24 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Wait until Ridgerunner sees this! :)
     
  4. Feb 16, 2009 at 12:26 PM
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    bobwilson1977

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    Its pretty crazy how big it is. Just comes to show how technology changes over time. Going from a 50 pound radio to one that weighs a few ounces that'll fit in your pocket is extreme.
     
  5. Feb 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM
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    squad314

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    Nice job and cool hobby.:) Where do you find your radios?........Yard sales,fleamarkets,auctions?
     
  6. Feb 16, 2009 at 12:40 PM
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    Delmarva

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    i have a cb base unit at home that was my dads i have to find out if it works
    it works off of tubes
     
  8. Feb 16, 2009 at 12:44 PM
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    David Tarantino

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    nice job on the radio
     
  9. Feb 16, 2009 at 1:13 PM
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    That's cool. Will it run off of the bed plug?
     
  10. Feb 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM
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    I find em' in loads of places. Most out here come from flea markets. I usually get good deals on them there because half the sellers don't know what they are. I usually pay $10 or so per set. This one actually came from the town museum gift shop near where I live. It was just sitting in the floor and they didn't exactly know what it was.

    I did some research and this one is actually the rarest radio I've got ( And I've got way more than I should).
     
  11. Feb 16, 2009 at 6:31 PM
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    Hey Bob! Can I send ya my Hallicrafters to breathe new life into it?? Needs re-capping and some tubes-I picked it up the same way-at an estate sale. The sellers couldnt figure how to get it running...the 'standby' switch was actvated:D I only paid $40 and its worth around $10,000 now!
    Damn nice radio you have-did you redo the finish too?
     
  12. Feb 16, 2009 at 6:36 PM
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    Nice restoration job! We have a 100 y/o Scott Record player.... Still works but we just need a diamond (it plays the music... its on the arm??)
     
  13. Feb 16, 2009 at 6:56 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    very cool! If only it could play the 1920's stations on it too..lol
     
  14. Feb 16, 2009 at 8:08 PM
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    awesome! sounds like your weekend was a fun one.

    i got to sit thru a chic flick. oh, I don't even have a GF either. dammit i'm an idiot.
     
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