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 Post subject: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:39 pm 
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Hello all,

I am new to the forum. Wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I am a seasoned collector of early pre-WWII records and electric phonograph machines. I also have a major interest in collecting and restoring fine high end radio's. I understand this forum is mainly devoted to wind up machines which are great as well. I used to have a few myself. After lurking here on the forum for quite sometime I have noticed there are quite a few here that are also into electric machines.

On top of a small introduction, I wanted to kick off with a recent restoration I finished. Detailed below is a circa 1931 RCA Radiola Automatic Electrola model 59. Priced at $600.00 brand new, this unit was RCA's third from the top of the line machine offered by the company during the 1931 model year. This model features an automatic phonograph changer, Superheterodyne receiver, and separate power amp utilizing push pull #47 output tubes. The phonograph compartment reveals RCA's third changer design. This innovative model can continuously play up to 10 or 12 records, 78 RPM and early 33 ½ RPM. Playing only one side of each until the user flipped them over, the machine would automatically start the record and eject it on top of the stack once the record cycle is completed. This unit can also produce electrical recording's via special blank pre-cut records, recording weight for pickup, and special recording needle. This set retains it's original wood finish, the electromagnetic pick-up head has been rebuilt. The unit sounds great!

A video I posted on youtube of this unit playing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4XApSteMxo **3:37 starts the phonograph**


Jon


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:41 pm 
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That is a stunning machine.........Thank's for posting it!!

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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Hit of the Week wrote:
That is a stunning machine.........Thank's for posting it!!

Iowa Dale



I second that. :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:12 pm 
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What a wonderful job you've done with this! You should be very proud!
Welcome to the forum, and I look forward to seeing your future restorations.
Bob
"Comparison is the thief of joy" Theodore Roosevelt


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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Your RCA RAE-59 restoration looks stunning. The mechanics look very complex, but the beauty of the cabinet is what makes it worth the effort. I own an antique radio which I would like to restore, but I'm having trouble finding anyone in my part of the country who will do it. I have seen where radio guys have figured out how to stream internet radio stations through their antique radios. If my radio could stream radio dismuke, https://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Dismuke-s54028/ I would have it tuned in every day. The administrator of this forum should consider adding phonograph/radio combination machines as a new sub-category. Thanks for posting and welcome to the forum.
"You can't take the phonographs nor the money with you, but the contentment the phonographs bring may well make your life better, and happier lives make the world a better place."

George Paul


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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IMPRESSIVE!!! Welcome! That is one fine talking machine. That back side shot looks like a space shuttle to me. Thank goodness there are people like you that breath the life back into machines like that. Very handsome cabinet and changer mechanism is a sight to behold. I bet it sounds wonderful and is fun to watch in operation. The mechanism is fascinating. Thanks for posting description and photos! Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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Love it.

My grandparents bought one of these changers new in the 30s. Theirs was a two speed- 78 and 33. By the time I came along it was in their basement, replaced in the living room by a Magnavox Concert Grand. The RA machine was fascinating to watch and I've always wanted one.

Congrats. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:35 pm 
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audiophile102 wrote:
Your RCA RAE-59 restoration looks stunning. The mechanics look very complex, but the beauty of the cabinet is what makes it worth the effort. I own an antique radio which I would like to restore, but I'm having trouble finding anyone in my part of the country who will do it. I have seen where radio guys have figured out how to stream internet radio stations through their antique radios. If my radio could stream radio dismuke, https://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Dismuke-s54028/ I would have it tuned in every day. The administrator of this forum should consider adding phonograph/radio combination machines as a new sub-category. Thanks for posting and welcome to the forum.



Thank you. I have listened to Radio Dismuke many a time! They are a great station. I broadcast this internet station through my small solid state transmitter inside the house. The transmitter broadcasts low power through the house, tune in the radio and period music is received through the air waves just like it was back then. I do exactly what you have just described! What model radio do you need serviced? I can help you out if you ever are in need of a serviced tech!

Jon


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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barnettrp21122 wrote:
What a wonderful job you've done with this! You should be very proud!
Welcome to the forum, and I look forward to seeing your future restorations.
Bob


Bob, thanks! I will be posting more restorations very soon. Plenty on the chopping block! I have seen your video of that 1935/1936 Capehart jukebox on your Youtube page. PLEASE TELL ME MORE! I'm in love with it!

Jon


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:40 pm 
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Steve Levi wrote:
IMPRESSIVE!!! Welcome! That is one fine talking machine. That back side shot looks like a space shuttle to me. Thank goodness there are people like you that breath the life back into machines like that. Very handsome cabinet and changer mechanism is a sight to behold. I bet it sounds wonderful and is fun to watch in operation. The mechanism is fascinating. Thanks for posting description and photos! Steve



Thank you Steve. I posted a link to a video I took of the unit in action if you are interested in seeing the mech. in operation. Thank you for the comments. These large complex units are a great challenge. It is nice to see several have survived after all these years.

Jon


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