RCA Victor Model 612 V3

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RCA Victor Model 612 V3

Postby Eugene » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:49 am

https://www.ebth.com/items/2490049-rca- ... odel-612v3

One of my winter projects. The one in link is not mine.

My aunt mailed me and said that she had a record player that I asked for years ago. My daughter picked up the "record player" and delivered it to me. The "record player" filled the back of daughter's SUV.

Mahogany case is in excellent condition, all electrical components are in place, doesn't work. The record player in mine is slightly different.

Should be a fun project getting the "record player" working again. I haven't worked on any tube type receivers since the late 1970s.
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Re: RCA Victor Model 612 V3

Postby Shane N. » Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:10 am

I saw some vinyl at goodwill the other day, $.49 each and some were people I actually heard of before.

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Re: RCA Victor Model 612 V3

Postby Eugene » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:04 pm

Probably won't actually start on repairs until this winter.

Been on line looking up manuals and how to remove the works from the case. Found the electrical service manual, elementary tube testing, and tube sources. Had son photograph the tube location sticker and model sticker.

A stack of records came with the radio/phonograph. Top record on the stack is Grand Funk Railroad.

The quality of tube type radios is usually of top notch. Had been wanting one for some time. The ones available at auction have been in terrible condition.

One of my Army duty stations was with a 2 man, my boss and I, radio operations unit. The unit had equipment for tube type radios. I would pick up old radios from the thrift store for a dollar and in my goof off time repair them.
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Re: RCA Victor Model 612 V3

Postby Stanton » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:07 pm

Like Shane said, keep us informed of your progress when you get started.
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Re: RCA Victor Model 612 V3

Postby mozer71 » Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:57 pm

This RCA Victor is really appealing. The styling and quality of construction is early classic which went out of favor in the '50's and '60's. It was "old" then but it has all the expensive features of its time. I remember walking past one or two similar models and thinking "what a neat cabinet", I gotta check this out. When I saw what it was; I wasn't in the mind to "gut it" , just hoped somebody else would restore it/them.
The newer/wider ones ended up junked or fallen apart but that compact one is a piece of furniture. I too, hope the restoration goes well.

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Re: RCA Victor Model 612 V3

Postby mcwinter » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:31 am

My son in high school got this old Magnavox radio/phono console working just for fun. I think he just wanted to hear some of the old LP's we had laying around! If I remember right, he said the parts that typically go bad in these old radios are the capacitors, and he was able to order replacements and solder them in. Works like a charm now.
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Re: RCA Victor Model 612 V3

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:08 pm

If the record player is setting on springs, There is usually 3 or 4 screws that clamp the springs down for shipping. Then there is a t-bar on the bottom of some of the screws that can be slid to one end and flipped in line with the screw, and let the record changer be lifted out. It has been many years since I worked on one, but that is the basics.
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Re: RCA Victor Model 612 V3

Postby mozer71 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:38 pm

John. You have a grand memory of how it was. Reasons behind that. In transport it would shake the turntable so much and what if the arm came loose. Those tips and really everything about them were pretty special. I hadn't thought about the lock down screws or how they can release the turntable for a long time. There is a certain throaty sound from tube amps and it seems in rhythm to the turntable because it is.

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Re: RCA Victor Model 612 V3

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:51 pm

The tone arm will have some sort of retainer to keep it on the post while in transit too. Some are a clip that rotates up over some part of the arm. Others have a spring clip sort of thing the tone arm pushes down into/onto.

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Re: RCA Victor Model 612 V3

Postby mozer71 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:58 pm

Another thing I should never say is one deal is too long or anything. Sure enough, mcwinter shows a part of his. Looks to me as long grain maple and that is really good wood. Unfortunately maple suffers when cut. It Is the time to use it indoors and it lasts ages. A tree gift and otherwise rotted or burned.
Oh, I hear you Jim. Yes the clip for the arm. They used to call them needles and pretty important to be suspended.


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