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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 11:11:29 PM on 7 April 2013.
Direbear's avatar
 Location: Adelaide, SA
 Member since 22 April 2012
 Member #: 1135
 Postcount: 13

After a long time away, I thought it might be nice to show you the Radios and TV I have in my home I enjoy using.

First is this ASTOR, model GN [with 6AN7]. This one means a lot to me actually because it was the radio we had while I was growing up, used it all the time till I was in high school. We had it in the dinning room, always on softly during dinner time for background music. But for me now, its in my kitchen and is my ABC news radio while I have my morning coffee. (I just took the back off today to blow out the dust with some compressed air.)

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Next is cute HMV “Little Nipper” B13C I keep in the hallway. It works beautifully but it isn't in very good reach of a power outlet so until I rectify this little problem (or find a new spot for it, maybe the bedroom?) it sits there quietly.

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This is my pride and joy, its a Kriesler 25 Multi-Sonic TV Theatre A118. It was bought new by my grandmother and it was handed down to me. It is in a 100% complete and original perfectly working order, extremely well looked after and included all the original paperwork and manuals and schematics. It still had its remote control also, and the microphone too. Even the back of it looks almost brand new. The stereo sound is beautiful and rich and deep, all control over volume, tone, picture all works nicely.
My biggest problem was what do I do after analogue TV goes the way of the Dodo? I loved the set and was searching for a way to still enjoy it, and that's when I stumbled onto the solution of the RF Modulator after talking to a friend of mine. Since then I've been able to connect a very small DVD player to it that sits under it, out of sight mostly, and I get to enjoy the episodes of the Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, Munsters, and any other great B&W movies. It just feels so much more authentic on this set and I love watching it at night time with just the soft glow of a lamp in the room. The Garrard turn table plays records really nice too, and can fill the whole house with warm valve quality music.

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Then of course there is the unit I am hoping to find the missing valves for. It is featured in the forum thread here in Tech Talk "Stromberg-Carlson radiogram cabinet, need help with valves." Buying this little beauty is what led me to find this helpful community here.

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And lastly is my PYE Black Box, I love this thing! I know its not valve, but its just perfect and I love playing records on it while I'm doing house work or outside in the garden or relaxing. Its such a great sound and so portable and convenient. I recently just bought a brand new spare needle for it, just in case the original one wears out. This was such a great find in the little 2nd hand store down the road from me, its just in such a flawless condition too.

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So that's my collection (if you can call it that *shrugs*) so far. But for me its less of a collection, and more like the things I have around the house to bring news and radio and music and entertainment into the home.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 11:23:19 PM on 7 April 2013.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
 Member #: 823
 Postcount: 5750

My definition of a collection is "more than 1" of something, so yours qualifies as a collection in my book.

And for me each of the radios in the collection has to be in operating condition, so you're (nearly) okay on that score, too.

I like the Kriesler Multisonic models but I don't have room for one, plus my collecting criterion is that it has to be one of the sets I grew up with, either at home or at my grandparents' homes and none of them had a Multisonic. It is one of the radiogram models that tend to sell well on eBay, as long as the seller doesn't put a silly starting price or reserve on it.

I also like the Pye portable. I remember that model well as many people I knew had one back in the day.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 11:38:30 PM on 7 April 2013.
Direbear's avatar
 Location: Adelaide, SA
 Member since 22 April 2012
 Member #: 1135
 Postcount: 13

Funny thing about the PYE Black Box is I was watching "Mars Attacks!" with friends a few weeks back and we all saw that the old Grandma in it was using one in it and I was all pointing at it going "Yay! Tha'ts just like mine!"

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 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:46:06 PM on 12 May 2013.
NewVista's avatar
 Location: MilwWI, US
 Member since 10 May 2013
 Member #: 1340
 Postcount: 698

What is speaker complement in Kriesler? Amp single-ended or P/P?

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 10:04:52 AM on 13 May 2013.
MonochromeTV's avatar
 Location: Melbourne, VIC
 Member since 20 September 2011
 Member #: 1009
 Postcount: 1094

There were two versions of the Kriesler Multi-Sonic.

Single ended using a 6BQ5/EL84 output & a Push-Pull with a pair of 6GW8/ECL86's.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 10:14:55 AM on 15 May 2013.
Maven's avatar
 Location: Canberra, ACT
 Member since 23 August 2012
 Member #: 1208
 Postcount: 584

You've managed an amazing level of preservation - including the decadic dial telephone and the VHF antenna!


 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 8:54:45 PM on 17 May 2013.
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 Location: East Maitland, NSW
 Member since 13 May 2013
 Member #: 1342
 Postcount: 243

I love the TV, I want a Console. Just not too big!

"I'd rather have a CRT than nothing" - me
"people just throw working CRTs out, it is NOT FUNNY!" -me

 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 9:50:38 PM on 21 August 2016.
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 Location: Canberra, ACT
 Member since 23 July 2016
 Member #: 1957
 Postcount: 46

Nice collection Direbear.

I can relate to this quotation: "Funny thing about the PYE Black Box is I was watching "Mars Attacks!" with friends a few weeks back and we all saw that the old Grandma in it was using one in it and I was all pointing at it going "Yay! Tha'ts just like mine!"

Why? When I saw the picture of your Stromberg Carlson radiogram, I said the same thing! Same as mine.

I bought mine in working (regular) condition. Still works ok, the only disaapointment (for me) is that it isn't stereo.

Thanks for sharing.


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