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#1 BairleaFarm OFFLINE  

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Posted May 17, 2013 - 09:37 PM

My grandfather was a genius. Hes dead now but had 20 or so patents with Eastman Kodak. He was a chemist who worked on the development of color film. He also messed with some classified things of the atomic nature we think but it was never discussed.

Back in the 40s 50s and 60s he was into music. He bought a radio and it didn't meet his needs so he built one. This cabinet is full of home made amps and preamps. Everything was built except for the tuner.

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Posted May 17, 2013 - 09:42 PM

The speakers are also home made. He bought the best of the best and I've been offered thousands upon thousands of dollars for it. The amp I'm pointing to puts out enough to power a small radio station. More so like a 911 center than a music station. Electronics are my thing and all his homemade stuff has been fixed to working condition.

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Posted May 17, 2013 - 09:46 PM

I love fixing this kind of thing. My next goal is the repair a couple of old smaller vacuum tube radios. I do have paperwork where a lot of this stuff was bought and where he had correspondence with the manufactures when building this stuff.

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Posted May 17, 2013 - 10:24 PM

WOW! That is interesting. Where do you get tubes for that equipment? Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 17, 2013 - 10:53 PM

That's amazing. Your Grandfather would be proud of you for keeping his equipment in operating condition. 

Thanks for the photos.


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Posted May 17, 2013 - 11:25 PM

Absolutely awesome! That is really cool to see and it must make you feel proud to be keeping his stuff up to par :thumbs:


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 03:29 AM

That is neat! Nice to have something with a family history!


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 05:23 AM

That is a thing of beauty. A lot of hours went into that. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 05:44 AM

Very nice looking equipment. The underside of the power amp shows a very nice build quality! I worked with tubes throughout my 30years+ in the medical and military electronics field. I also build some of my own equipment including a tube power amp and speakers. There are a lot of forums out there for people who want to build their own stuff and most of the tubes are still available as NOS or new for popular audio tubes. Thanks for posting the pictures.


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 06:26 AM

WOW! That is interesting. Where do you get tubes for that equipment? Good Luck, Rick


First off that is awesome stuff. I love the vintage tube amps. I pulled one from a 1959 stereo cab to make a small guitar amp to go with my 1959 Guild guitar. I go to local auction on Thursdays. And last week they had 20 boxes filled with new vintage tubes. They go fairly cheap.
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Posted May 18, 2013 - 06:28 AM

Thanks guys. Tubes are still available. High end guitar amps still use them. The quality of sound from a tube amp can't be duplicated.

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Posted May 18, 2013 - 06:43 AM

Found it. I knew I had a picture of the backside.

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Posted May 18, 2013 - 06:44 AM



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Posted May 18, 2013 - 07:13 AM

Some of the guys who did this stuff were truly amazing.

20 years ago, we did a lot of tube testing where I work, now the stuff's all gone. Wish I had made an offer on the tubes, but he sold them to a company in the West somewhere.

Had a whole wall of them.

I did manage to save one tube tester.m dunno why, other than sentimentality.
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Posted May 18, 2013 - 08:11 AM

My neighbor, Kenneth, who lived just a mile up the road used to test Dad's TV tubes for him in the 60's.  Kenneth worked for a TV repair shop & kept a tube tester at home.  That same Zenith console TV I watched as a pre-schooler is still stored in a side room upstairs.  It was still working when put in there too.  Maybe one of these days I'll get it back out.  I have a couple digital conversion boxes I could hook to it to watch programs on it.  


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