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Old 14th Jul 2019, 8:17 am   #1
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Default Falcon Radiogram BSR UA14 deck query

Hi just picked up a nice looking Falcon Radiogram with a Dansette deck. It all works apart from a slight problem with the tone arm. It doesn't quite lift high enough to clear the support pillar. There are a number of screws underneath, do one of these adjust the height, I'm dubious to mess with them as it plays fine if I just lift the arm manually.
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 8:21 am   #2
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Default Re: Falcon Radiogram Dansette deck query

It won’t be a Dansette deck, it’s probably a BSR or Garrard, photos will determine which one and model.
There are height adjustments, type determined by the deck, the deck will probably require a full service.

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https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...ad.php?t=75401
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 8:35 am   #3
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Default Re: Falcon Radiogram Dansette deck query

It says there that the deck is a BSR UA14.
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 8:49 am   #4
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Yes I saw that, that's why I deleted the post. Cheers
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 8:55 am   #5
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Can I edit the first post and title to amend the deck name?
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 9:09 am   #6
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This may help. It shows the arm height adjustment screw. Sorry about the poor quality.
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 9:39 am   #7
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That's great thanks very much.
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 9:42 am   #8
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Out of interest are these radiograms a bit of a rarity as I believe they were at the cheaper end of the scale when new. So to see one in this condition, could it be rare?
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Possibly rare but not usually worth a great deal of money.

Edit. Yes they were the cheaper end but I have no doubt they brought a lot of pleasure to those who owned them.
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 10:21 am   #10
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These Falcon Radiograms were sold through Furniture stores and not via the usual Radio Dealerships. This is likely to be Mono only and with just the AM wavebands to save costs. It was made between 1961 and 1962. The good news it that yours has been fitted with a stereo-comptible cartridge and so is safe to play your Stereo LPs on.
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 3:18 pm   #11
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Would replacing the speaker driver for something newer improve the sound quality or is it best left well alone?
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 3:31 pm   #12
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I would leave the speaker alone, but if it is a valve set there are certain cheap components which need to be changed, in particular the audio grid coupling capacitor. There is lots of information on here about that.
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 4:09 pm   #13
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Just found this, perhaps worth more than I thought.

http://junktionantiques.co.uk/galler...ntage/DSC08502
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Well Radiograms like these are sold at rather silly prices through Antique/Collectables shops and are for decorative ("statement piece") use only.

Right now there is an early 1960s Sobell Stereogram priced at 800.00 - and untested! Indeed there are a whole range of Radiograms for sale at between 200-450 on auction sites now, unthinkable ten years ago!
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Just found this, perhaps worth more than I thought.

http://junktionantiques.co.uk/galler...ntage/DSC08502
I would be very interested to know what that actually sells for. 1960s, "retro" stuff seems to be popular at the moment and so, of course is vinyl. The relatively small size and the fact that it appears to have FM might make it saleable.
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