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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by musky55, Dec 12, 2020.
I took a tabletop radio and moved the tuning dial section up to the side, cutting off the one hole and using the volume control hole for the input jack. Volume, a switch to go from BF to Tweed, tone, bass treble, for controls. I did a sealed enclosure to keep the bass but found afterward that the speaker was fine open back. Made my job harder.Used a weaved plastic place mat for the grill, I dyed it to give it a older look to match the cabinet. A pair of 6AQ5's in push pull.
I have other's the same size I picked up over the years which I may get creative with.
Yep! Did this a couple of years ago. A 1936 Silvertone. The farm kind, made to run entirely on a battery rather than plugged in. Put an Ibanez TSH 15 and a WGS G10C/S in there. (Kept the old guts just 'cause they're interesting and historical.) Sounds great. The TSH 15 is a Silverface-sounding platform, its boost feature is useful, and its TubeScreamer good too if you use it minimally. The G10C/S is the real secret. Smooth, rich, and clear, right out of the box.
I repainted and put on the Electromaster medallion just 'cause it seemed to fit there. It's from a broken old water heater.
Next up is rehousing my Excelsior Pro in this 1952 Westinghouse TV (the Winslow model):
A bit of a squeeze to get the 15" speaker in there while preserving the TV's Fifties funkiness.
But we'll make it happen. Got delayed by the crazy semester, but within a week I'll be happily cursing big speakers' and deadly electricity's little problems.
This will be the "new" TV/amp's badge:
It's from a 1952 Dodge.
Since so many old things already whisper ghosts at us, why not give 'em voice?
Here my contribution. 1946 Philco. Bought the stripped out cab at a local Goodwill type store. Pretty rough! But I liked the vibe. My first amp build, a 5f1 clone sits inside. The on-off volume control and added tone control are on the right and high/low inputs on the left. Has a little hum to it but just adds to the nostalgia! The large speaker area sure gives it great resonance.
Of course the obligatory mid-century cigarette burn. Smoky mojo!
Fun is it not
Wolf in sheep's clothing?
This channel has done several old radio amp retrofits.
For the post about putting bluetooth in an old radio ... this is adding an input jack for a phone/ipod/other mp3 player.
Once you have that setup you can likely easily find an add-on bluetooth dongle to make that work.