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 My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater

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PostSubject: My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater   My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJuly 7th 2018, 2:58 pm

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I have been looking for a Stereo Theater for about three years.  There were not that many built, and, unfortunately, the console rapers and guitar amp crowd has parted many of them out for the amplifier, typically a 9300 series 15 WPC tube affair.  This thing has proven more elusive than a Concert Grand was.  Combine this with the fact that the TV is black and white, this makes their survival chances rather slim.

I have no idea why I thought I wanted one.  I certainly do not NEED one.  They are such a work of art and a statement of pinache and class than they have always intrigued me.  And it fills a gap in my Magnavox collection.  The one I got is a circa 1962 model 1MR418M, equipped with factory ultrasonic remote control.  Rather a bizarre system, really.  The remote only controls the TV, oddly enough.  The factory price of $795 put this Stereo Theater in the price range between my Imperial at $695 and the Concert Grand at $995.  The Stereo Theater came standard with MPX adapter, while the other Magnavox stereos had optional MPX at $35.  If you had either indoor plumbing or a three-hole privy, wall-to-wall carpeting and a Stereo Theater, you was rich folks!  If you had this stuff plus air conditioning, you was REALLY rich folks!

This Stereo Theater electronically will be between the Symphony and the Imperial.  It is basically a little Imperial with a 27" TV set in the middle of the cabinet.  This particular instrument is said to have a nasty hum in the audio, which will be my first area of investigation.  The top of the cabinet rails have had a hard life for some reason and the cabinet could use a thorough cleaning.  If I can figure out how to add a couple pictures, I'll do that.  I am going to give this thing a thorough restoration, every part.  If there is interest, I'll share my progress with you.

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This instrument is 32" high, 19" deep and 60" long, two inches longer than the Concert Grand.  While other manufacturers were making "aircraft carriers" sometimes up to 8' long, Magnavox kept the cabinets reasonable in size.  I'm told this weighs north of 200 pounds, but it is on casters, like most of Magnavox's big sets.  The inside of the cabinet is crammed with electronics and lots of dangling wires.

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PostSubject: Re: My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater   My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJuly 19th 2018, 3:38 pm

Now all you need is a Turntable.
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Yeah! But think what you'll have when you're done.
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PostSubject: Re: My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater   My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJuly 19th 2018, 3:16 pm

This is a slow process.  I'm going wire by wire and making sure everything is right before I even power it up.  I've got to order some caps before I can do anything else.

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PostSubject: Re: My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater   My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJuly 18th 2018, 8:38 pm

That is a mighty attractive cabinet.  Your pics look more promising than the first ones you put up.

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PostSubject: Re: My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater   My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJuly 14th 2018, 9:27 am

If I were to lay down on the floor to watch TV, they might have to call the EMT's to get me back up!  Rolling Eyes

This thing will need an "every wire, every part" as thorough a restoration as I can muster.  I am looking forward to the project.  The most complex electronic restoration I have attempted to date.  This thing will make my Concert Grand restoration look like a day in the park.  I have never messed with TV much..

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PostSubject: Re: My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater   My new old Magnavox Stereo Theater - Page 2 Icon_minitimeJuly 8th 2018, 4:42 pm

That is a nice looking set! I can see why the attraction is there. It would be a great piece to watch the older black & white TV shows on. Heck, I would probably even be tempted to lay down on the floor in front of it to watch it too, just like when I was growing up. Very Happy Very Happy
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I have been looking for a Stereo Theater for about three years.  There were not that many built, and, unfortunately, the console rapers and guitar amp crowd has parted many of them out for the amplifier, typically a 9300 series 15 WPC tube affair.  This thing has proven more elusive than a Concert Grand was.  Combine this with the fact that the TV is black and white, this makes their survival chances rather slim.

I have no idea why I thought I wanted one.  I certainly do not NEED one.  They are such a work of art and a statement of pinache and class than they have always intrigued me.  And it fills a gap in my Magnavox collection.  The one I got is a circa 1962 model 1MR418M, equipped with factory ultrasonic remote control.  Rather a bizarre system, really.  The remote only controls the TV, oddly enough.  The factory price of $795 put this Stereo Theater in the price range between my Imperial at $695 and the Concert Grand at $995.  The Stereo Theater came standard with MPX adapter, while the other Magnavox stereos had optional MPX at $35.  If you had either indoor plumbing or a three-hole privy, wall-to-wall carpeting and a Stereo Theater, you was rich folks!  If you had this stuff plus air conditioning, you was REALLY rich folks!

This Stereo Theater electronically will be between the Symphony and the Imperial.  It is basically a little Imperial with a 27" TV set in the middle of the cabinet.  This particular instrument is said to have a nasty hum in the audio, which will be my first area of investigation.  The top of the cabinet rails have had a hard life for some reason and the cabinet could use a thorough cleaning.  If I can figure out how to add a couple pictures, I'll do that.  I am going to give this thing a thorough restoration, every part.  If there is interest, I'll share my progress with you.

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This instrument is 32" high, 19" deep and 60" long, two inches longer than the Concert Grand.  While other manufacturers were making "aircraft carriers" sometimes up to 8' long, Magnavox kept the cabinets reasonable in size.  I'm told this weighs north of 200 pounds, but it is on casters, like most of Magnavox's big sets.  The inside of the cabinet is crammed with electronics and lots of dangling wires.

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