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Old school "CD" player and discs

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quasi Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2012 03:41PM

The earlier talk about tapes & albums made me dig out of a closet my mom’s old RCA Victor Model 9-Y-510, 45RPM record player with AM tuner. The thing is probably near 60 years old or more (couldn’t find a date on it), hasn’t been used in over 30 years (I was the last to use it when I was a teen), and I’m not about to plug it in to see if it works at all. When I was a kid this old unit with it’s orange glowing tubes would pick up on the skip at night stations from over a thousand miles away; in the very room where I now sit, in 1977 I first heard Led Zepplin’s “Kashmir”, coming to me from some far away place very faintly through the AM hiss and crackle, a surreal experience.

The old school “compact discs” that some of you might recognize around it are clockwise from upper right:

“The Ballad of Davy Crockett” by Loren Becker with Vincent Lopez and his orchestra on the “18 Top Hits” label

“Time, Time” by Ed Ames (who later costarred with former Davy Crockett, Fess Parker in the “Daniel Boone” TV series) on the RCA Victor label

“It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty on the M-G-M label

“Dragnet” by Lew Raymond and his orchestra on the Campus label in red vinyl

“Dragnet” by Enoch Light & his orchestra on the Waldorf label in red vinyl (mom must’ve liked Dragnet)

“Peppermint Twist” by Joey Dee and the Starliters on the Roulette label (must be my sister’s)

“Moments to Remember” by The Four Lads on the Columbia label

“The Ballad of the Green Berets” by SSGT Barry Sadler, U.S. Army Special Forces on the RCA Victor label (also must be my sister’s)

There are a bunch of other “discs” by people I’ve never heard of on labels I’ve never heard of though some of the titles are familiar. I think that somewhere around here are more of my sister’s old 45's from the sixties with an assortment of famous songs and artists among them.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2012 04:29PM

Don't plug it in. In a 60 year old thing like that several things would have deteriorated in the circuit. For starters the electrolytic capacitors will be dried out inside and no good by now. Rubber used as wire insulation then is likely falling off the wires too.

These old phonographs were direct wired to the AC mains and the chassis is AC hot if the two prong plug is in wrong so you've got a 50/50 chance of a shocking experience.

Goodwill has one online for $5.95 plus shipping. smiling
smiley You'd think they'd be worth more.
quasi Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2012 04:42PM

I knew better than to plug it in. I saw on one site that fully restored they can fetch over $1200.

BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2012 05:02PM

Good for you. I figured you'd know better but I still warn people about shit like that just in case. Burning electronics is a smell best done without, not to mention other possible attendant hazards.

That one in the video is 511, not a 510. Still about the same age though. There was a previous model (also not a 510 though) made in `49 that I read has a mahogany or oak cabinet. That one would be worth a lot for sure.

I remember a friend who's dad had a wooden cabinet console type RCA multi-band radio with phonograph and that thing looked so awesome and we had loads of fun fiddling around on the sort wave bands too.

When I was a teenager me and a buddy started doing DX (distance) AM radio listening. We used the good ol' 5-tube radios but tweaked them to perfection and built our own external antennas. Up late at night tuning far, far away stations in Africa and Asia from the ionospheric skip. Skip is always better at night due to less interference from the sun.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/09/2012 05:11PM by BlahX3.
quasi Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2012 06:19PM

Yeah, I noted it was a 511 with different turntable mount and arm but basically the same unit. I remember hearing broadcasts at night in foreign languages and once I heard a New Orleans station in Ohio - quite a skip for the internal antenna.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2012 06:31PM

If you have any electronics know-how it would be a fun restoration project.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 06, 2012 08:12PM

Ironically the album was still recorded and distributed using digital technology.
pro_junior Report This Comment
Date: September 06, 2012 10:03PM

and he has a fb page...go figure