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 Post subject: Is this not the cutest little RCA changer you ever did see?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:38 pm 
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I am curious to know if there are any other collectors out there with one of these RCA R-97's. They were made in 1937 during the height of the depression so very few were manufactured. Is this the only one to survive? I'd like to hear back from anyone who might have one or knows of one. Thanks much


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 Post subject: Re: Is this not the cutest little RCA changer you ever did s
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:50 pm 
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Cute little player. I have a R-93 that was designed to play through a RCA Victor radio.
Thanks for sharing.
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 Post subject: Re: Is this not the cutest little RCA changer you ever did s
PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:25 pm 
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That is awesome, Paul!!! Super cool. Thanks for sharing!!!!?


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 Post subject: Re: Is this not the cutest little RCA changer you ever did s
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:20 am 
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I want to thank Carlton Smith(Electrolaman) for the factory info sheet. He told me he hadn't ever seen another one of these either. BTW nice looking outfit you have gramaphone78


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 Post subject: Re: Is this not the cutest little RCA changer you ever did s
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:45 am 
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That is a sweet little changer. Please reach out and PM me if you ever want to sell. Seriously.
"He who dies with the most shellac wins"- some nutty record geek


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 Post subject: Re: Is this not the cutest little RCA changer you ever did s
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:17 pm 
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This is the R-96 the manual turntable version of the R-97.

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Here is the R-99 the top of the line for the R series phonographs

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15 watts of output power, 12" electrodynamic speaker, and an audio expander that increased the dynamic range of the recording.
It also had a tracking force adjustment in the tonearm which allowed the tracking force down to about 3oz instead
of the normal 6 to 9oz on other units for this period.

Chuck


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 Post subject: Re: Is this not the cutest little RCA changer you ever did s
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:07 pm 
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That would be the depth of the Depression.
"All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds." Richard Brautigan


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 Post subject: Re: Is this not the cutest little RCA changer you ever did s
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:28 pm 
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John, Your comment precipitated a good laugh when I read it. The difference between an optimist and a pessimist!


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 Post subject: Re: Is this not the cutest little RCA changer you ever did s
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So many audio formats, so little listening time!
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I just love the simple deco design of that R-97. Being so simple it is timeless. Some of the over fussy deco has not aged well but pieces such as this will always look good.
I am interested in all forms of audio media including: gramophones, phonographs, wire recorders, the tefifon, reel to reel tapes, radiograms and radios.


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