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Old 8th Jun 2019, 8:23 am   #21
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Default Re: Bush RG73 advice please.

Going back to your question.
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.... what would YOU do, strip the chassis/dial glass, speaker and Garrard changer and send the cabinet on it's way or would you pass it on to someone who would restore the set (or even restore it to some degree yourself?)

I'll get some pics uploaded if it stops raining so I can get it out of the car.

Thanks,
You have probably already saved it from landfill it always feels wrong to scrap something but most of just don’t have the space to keep something this size.
I would offer it on here for anyone who wants to collect and restore it, if there’s no takers then scrap it guilt free.
We used to call this ‘Christmas treeing’ no idea why.

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Old 8th Jun 2019, 12:20 pm   #22
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That (non-original) BSR UA6 autochanger is well worth saving. These were made between early 1953 and up to mid-1956.
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Old 8th Jun 2019, 12:42 pm   #23
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That's an interesting turn of phrase John, considering the non-originality and the fact that I have a schematic at my disposal I'm thinking along the lines of a "resurrection" before anything else. Then if/when it's working (or at least diagnosed what it needs to work) will probably offer it up for someone who would appreciate it for what it is.

There must be more like me, who get a kick out of seeing the lengths to which people went to keep their set of choice working. Trouble is, they're probably already tripping over cool old sets like myself!

Laurence, that's interesting to note about this press-board and printed "veneer" as this one, although battered, abused and "fluffy" round the edges isn't terribly warped or peeled that I noticed, it seems it may have had a dry life although there is evidence of coal-fired society as it's utterly black inside! The more I think on this set the more I'm talking myself into preserving it!
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Old 8th Jun 2019, 8:28 pm   #24
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if its covered in black coal dust it will need alot of warm water sponging out on the inside, looks like its gonna be a HELLUVA lot of work! See you tomorrow, Laurecne
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Old 8th Jun 2019, 10:53 pm   #25
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Looking at the pictures, I would say it was the radiogram version of a PB 12?
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/bush_pb12.html
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Old 9th Jun 2019, 12:16 pm   #26
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I'm not so sure, looking at the schematics it's closer to the PB73, it has holders for 6 dial lamps and the radio/'gram switch is not on a push button but a separate switch (plugged into where the switch would have been on the back of the PB73 chassis.

It'd be a humongous task to bring it back to original condition in any sort of presentable way, but for my part if I can clean it up and get it playing that's "my" half of the battle, will upload some cabinet photos at some point and ask about whether anything can be done for it.
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Old 9th Jun 2019, 3:08 pm   #27
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Ooohh look what a little bit of Wilko Teak oil has done! I just slapped some of this over the cabinet without even cleaning it up and it's made a world of difference, the photos don't even do it justice. I'm pleasantly shocked, even the remaining light marks on the top (looks like a tyre was sat on it) will probably come out with a little careful abrasive work.

That's my mind made up, there's some very tatty/damaged '70s stuff in the conservatory that I also had for parts & they will be dismantled and relegated to the garage whilst the RG cabinet comes indoors and the set receives some attention.
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Old 9th Jun 2019, 3:21 pm   #28
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Glad to hear it! looking much better already, it may only be paper type veneer but they got the Walnut figuring look of the finish looking quite authentic.
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Old 12th Jun 2019, 3:41 pm   #29
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OK well I've just started to do a few checks on the chassis & it appears the power transformer is OK but, typically, output is open on its primary. At least the secondary checks out haha

Thankfully the service data includes it's impedance so I can search out a temporary substitute, but it's looking like time to bite the bullet and invest in some rewinding equipment since I have at least 3 OPT's in need of surgery now as well as a potential power transformer for a Philips B4X11A and others.

Wonderful. Still what do I expect for a fiver?
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Old 12th Jun 2019, 5:09 pm   #30
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Right, stripped the OPT to see where it was damaged & noticed there was a break right at the end of the winding. A little microsurgery later has a turn unwound from it and re-soldered in place, however I do think there's some pretty badly shorted turns since it now seems to measure in the region of 6 ohms (there does appear to be a burned spot in the waxed paper on one edge, halfway through the winding).

Will have to sanity check my readings as spec is 700R so will have to make sure I didn't have the wrong range selected but I'm thinking a replacement is on the cards for testing at least. I wonder what shape the output valve is going to be in though, hopefully the OPT has been the "fuse"!
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