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 Post subject: Re: Victor 3 serial number 883
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:47 pm 
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After patiently waiting for good weather, I was finally able to finish the cabinet of my Victor III. Tonight, after reassembly, tweaking and adjusting the motor and turntable brake, and calibrating the speed to a perfect 78 RPM, it came back to life. No longer a bunch of individual parts, but a working phono. This is the very first playing in at least 60 years. Its hard to describe the feeling I had when the sound of music emanated from the horn... Loud and clear.

Enjoy it with me - https://youtu.be/UJ-LiqI1zRM


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 Post subject: Re: Victor 3 serial number 883
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:11 am 
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Your post brought a smile to my face and I enjoyed the video as well.

Best wishes, Jerry Blais


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 Post subject: Re: Victor 3 serial number 883
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:45 am 
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Beautiful old machine--you really brought it back to life.
Congratulations!

Steven


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 Post subject: Re: Victor 3 serial number 883
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:11 am 
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Thanks for the comments!

I will be taking out my digital camera to post some close-ups to add to this thread. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. And again I have to thank Dave D for the help with motor overhaul and nickel plating of some of the exterior hardware. And he provided a lot of guidance, advice, and moral support throughout the process... I probably filled his hard disk with an overabundance of emails. :lol:

Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Victor 3 serial number 883
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:41 pm 
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I finally finished polishing up the Nickel Horn today. Someone suggested trying Blue Magic on the Nickel and I must say that was a WINNING suggestion. First time I had ever used that product. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. But my arm is tired. :lol: Here are a few pics.

Jim


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 Post subject: Re: Victor 3 serial number 883
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That looks stunning! I think I need to try that product. I'm amazed by the shine.


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 Post subject: Re: Victor 3 serial number 883
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:16 pm 
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If you go up a few posts and view my video you can see the horn before I polished it. Its incredible how much oxidation and dirt came off the horn in the process. I probably have 4-5 hours invested since I did both the inside and outside. 9 panels.


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 Post subject: Re: Victor 3 serial number 883
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:17 am 
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What an amazing job! That horn is just stunning.

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 Post subject: Re: Victor 3 serial number 883
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Very nice job. Nickel horns are my favorite and yours is extra nice.


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 Post subject: Re: Victor 3 serial number 883
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:32 pm 
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Thank you for the nice comments. Now I'm working through a pile of records - all of which need to be cleaned and test-played to see if they are still playable. I plan to post some additional YouTube videos of the phono playing any interesting records that sound particularly good.


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