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Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - Ron Ramirez - 10-19-2010 02:03 PM
In September, I acquired another console radio. These days I tend to shy away from consoles, but this one was different. You see, the very first old radio I ever owned was a Magnavox CR-181 chassis and speakers. That set was junked many years ago. So when a Magnavox Regency Symphony became available within driving distance last month, I decided to go for it.
Here are some photos.
It looks better in the photos than it really is; the cabinet does have some scuffs and scratches.
Showing the cabinet fully open. The grille cloth is torn on the right side panel (the door).
Close-up of the dial and control panel of the CR-188A tuner. The Regency Symphony also includes a separate AMP-101A amplifier using four 6V6GT output tubes and two 5Y3GT rectifiers.
The four-speed VM changer that was in the set when I bought it.
Finally, the 78 rpm RCA/Seeburg changer I found at IHRS-Greenfield a couple weeks ago, and installed in place of that incorrect VM changer.
The correct changer for this set is a Webster Chicago 56, but the RCA-Seeburg unit looks more "period correct" than did the Voice of Music changer.
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - denver - 10-19-2010 02:16 PM
I thought i was hooked on philcos. But i got me a big ole, crosley set console with phono. That is nice . I will not cull any old sets now.
Having too much fun.
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - Ron Ramirez - 10-19-2010 03:32 PM
Denver - what model Crosley radio-phono do you have?
I should add that there was an optional FM tuner available for the Regency Symphony; mine does not have the optional FM tuner, only the CR-188 AM/SW tuner.
Rider's Volume 15 states, and Doug Houston confirmed, that the original changer in this model was the Webster Chicago model 56. See discussion here:
Another Phorum member, Mikhail7, tells me that he used to own a Regency but it had a three speed changer that looked like a Webster 56; he recalled playing 45s in his set. After some research, I concluded that he must be talking about the Webster 356-1.
Doug, if you're looking in, I did not see any rubber-stamped numbers on the CR-188A or the AMP-101A chassis save for the rubber stamped model numbers "CR188A" and "AMP101A", respectively. I didn't pull either chassis to look them over completely, though. Where were these date codes stamped?
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - denver - 10-19-2010 06:56 PM
Here is my set . Phono looks a lot like yours.http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/crosley_03ca.html Need knobs for it any ideal where i could get.
Searched no luck.
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - Ron Ramirez - 10-19-2010 08:02 PM
Send a PM to fellow Phorum member ekimetsok. He may have the knobs you need.
If he doesn't, I have a couple other sources.
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - Ron Ramirez - 10-19-2010 10:04 PM
I'm copying the following from comments I made in Doug's thread about his Philco 37-650 radio-phonograph, since they pertain to this Magnavox:
Ron Ramirez Wrote:The very first radio I ever acquired was the chassis and speakers of a Magnavox CR-181. This was back in 1974 when I was 14, and had at that time only begun to be aware of the vintage radio hobby through Jim Fred's articles in Elementary Electronics magazine.
Just now, I did a little bit of research on the Web, and it was indeed a Belvedere that I saw locally a year ago. I saw a picture of a Belvedere on the Web that showed a tuner identical to my CR-188A. I think that is the same model that I saw locally. This Belvedere I saw on the Web today also had a Webster Chicago 56 changer.
The Magnavox in the YouTube video linked in the quote above is not a Belvedere cabinet.
I would have preferred a Belvedere, but I like the Regency Symphony that I found. I'll like it better when I have it up and running. I want to recap both chassis and replace that power cord before operating it again, even though it was playing when I bought it. One never knows when an electrolytic or paper cap is going to fail!
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - denver - 10-20-2010 02:32 AM
Ron Ramirez Wrote:Send a PM to fellow Phorum member ekimetsok. He may have the knobs you need.
He did not have them. But i searched antique radio knobs . Found them herehttp://www.renovatedradios.com/parts.html exspensive 68 dollars have to paint. White only.
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - Jayce - 10-21-2010 12:57 AM
My friend has one of those, but yours is in a bit better condition. I've got the Magnavox that trumps that though, using four 6L6s in the amp and it has alot of sound and weighs a ton! A Magnavox Windsor Imperial!
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - Ron Ramirez - 10-21-2010 01:18 AM
Now that's the Maggie to have...four 6L6G tubes in parallel push-pull producing 45 watts output! Yes, that would leave my Regency Symphony with its 20 watt output behind. (I know these ratings because I've just looked up the AMP-108 with four 6L6 tubes vs. my AMP-101A with four 6V6 tubes.)
Jayce, what does the Windsor Imperial look like?
Edit: Never mind, I just looked it up online and saw one. Wow! Do you have just the radio-phonograph, or do you also have the bookcase with the TV that sits on top of the radio-phonograph unit?
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - Jayce - 10-21-2010 11:15 PM
I just have the radio-phonograph combination. At over $700 new in 1949, one would be lucky just to afford the radio! Also, I wouldn't have room for that upper cabinet even if I had it. The only glaring flaw with my radio is that somewhere along the line the original horn tweeter died and was replaced with a later Zenith horn tweeter. I have seen pictures of the original tweeter and it is impressive! Probably also rather expensive.
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - Michael Dennis - 10-23-2010 05:06 AM
Say, those knobs on your Regency Symphony are different than the ones that were on the one I used to have. In an e-mail you said your speakers have Magnavox lables on them. My Regency did not have the lables and you postulated that maybe they stopped putting lables on after a certain date. My Belvedere, which I accquired Tuesday October 19th., CR-208B tuner chassis, Amp 101B chassis, (we think!), has one speaker that has it's lable and the other 12" speaker does not have a lable and looks as tho it never did. The more I learn about these Maggies the more confused I get, but I sure like 'em.
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - w4rtc - 10-26-2010 06:13 PM
Do you have a picture of a Webster Chicago 56? I may get a magnavox duette (CR-194). but the phono is missing. I would like to be on the lookout for one.
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - Ron Ramirez - 10-26-2010 06:43 PM
I do have a top view of a Webster Chicago 56, a photo sent to me by a Phorum member. I've asked the gentleman for permission to post it here; if granted, I will post it tomorrow.
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - Ron Ramirez - 10-27-2010 01:27 PM
Here's the Webster Chicago 56:
This changer is in Mike's (Mikhail7) Magnavox Belvedere, which has a CR-208B tuner and AMP-101B amplifier.
Photos courtesy of Mikhail7
Re: Magnavox Regency Symphony, 1947? - w4rtc - 10-29-2010 03:06 AM
I just picked up a Magnavox Duette CR-193 it is a blond cabinet. What is blond? Is it a paint, stain, or what ??? The one I picked up Is in need of refinish. It looks like ther is a good finish under the blond (what ever) I am tempted removing the blond finish and staining what is under . It has pushpull 6L6 output and two 12 inch speakers. It is really loud. It does not have a RF stage in it but seems to be pretty sensitive. I was bidding on a FM adapter but it went to high. I quit bidding at $50 .