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Old 29th Oct 2020, 9:14 am   #1
kestrelmusic
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Default Smoker's Cabinet set

My latest restoration is a late 1920s 'Smoker's Cabinet' set. It is based around a British General coil pack. I had some fun with this as, although all the windings showed continuity, I had to re-wire the reaction coil, as the leads pass through a metal tube and the insulation had crumbled to dust!

I had to more or less guess the circuit, as it was in pieces when I got it, and two of the capacitors had to have the pitch melted out and a modern component inserted. But here it is, more or less finished, and working well.

The coil pack is a curious thing, with two sets of tappings, one from the top for the aerial and one from the bottom for range. The reaction coil is movable, controlled by the knob. I have found that in use the reaction control is very sensitive - no more than a degree or two separates silence from oscillation! But it picks up strong stations well. And it's a handsome piece of furniture. Now, where can I put it?...
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