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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:45 pm 
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gramophone-georg wrote:
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:


Amazing to hear your relatives once owned one of these. The two speed feature on this machine is quite interesting. Wish early RCA 33 ½ records were easier to come by!


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:53 pm 
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Hit of the Week wrote:
That is a stunning machine.........Thank's for posting it!!

Iowa Dale



Thank you Dale!

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

Iowa Dale



I second that. :shock:


Thank you Travis!

Jon


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:19 pm 
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ketron281989 wrote:
gramophone-georg wrote:
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:


Amazing to hear your relatives once owned one of these. The two speed feature on this machine is quite interesting. Wish early RCA 33 ½ records were easier to come by!


I have a couple extra Nat Shilkret semi- classical issues of these if you are interested. They are the 10" size too so you can use them with the changer as if I recall 12" ones need to be played manually, right?

PM me if you are interested.


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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Looks like it just got out of the show room new. Good job. Tom B


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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Tremendous job on the restoration.
Love these early changers!
Keep posting.

Gene


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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I must say, the guys in Camden really outdid themselves when they designed that cabinet. Beautiful restoration, and thanks for sharing!

Let's see, $600 in 1931, I guess they sold, what, three of them?


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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gemering wrote:
Tremendous job on the restoration.
Love these early changers!
Keep posting.

Gene



Thanks Gene. Your 10-50 coin machine is quite a piece!

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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tomb wrote:
Looks like it just got out of the show room new. Good job. Tom B


Thank you!

Jon


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 Post subject: Re: Introduction and completed RCA RAE-59 restoration
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drh wrote:
I must say, the guys in Camden really outdid themselves when they designed that cabinet. Beautiful restoration, and thanks for sharing!

Let's see, $600 in 1931, I guess they sold, what, three of them?


These machines are quite rare considering a car could be purchased for the same price! RCA's most expensive and impressive unit in 1931 was the Radiola Automatic Electrola model 79. $600 is a lot back then, try $1,000.00 new!

Jon


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