Vintage RCA Record Player/Stereo Console
Well, you did ask us to talk you down. I guess I wasn't persuasive enough. 😀
*Puts on best used car salesman voice*
Why didn't you say so in the first place?!
I could see replacing the turntable and using the original equipment, but knowing the baffle is so easily replaceable makes this more of a game changer. Before I get into the baffle, let me make this one point.
If you are going to mount the new amplifier / receiver in the same way as the original, you'll want to think about adding forced cooling since the orientation changes the direction of airflow - pushing the heat back inside the case. If the fan creates electrical interference, you'll have more than enough room to create a duct that will allow you to move the fan away from the amp case, reducing the interference.
Okay, to the baffles and speakers. If the plates give you a box size, go for it. If not, a solid sheet of 3/4 ply would probably work well enough sealed on the back. Remember the bracing to reduce unwanted resonance, if you go that way. Also, you may want to tilt the baffle back a degree or more to better align the tweeter with the desired listening position. Don't forget to try to find a similar grill cloth to the original.
There you go, blessing given. 🙂
Amazing! Thank you guys for talking me through it all!
I have pulled the trigger because the discount got even better last night! The tipping point came when a friend explained that if I didn’t like it I could always mount the in-walls into a wall and use it to create surround sound for my entertainment system. I mean how could I not!! I still reserve the right to design and build my own speakers in the future as my system inevitably gets bigger and better!
Also I will save the original drivers and if anyone needs them hit me up! If not maybe I can turn them into something! Or even reinstall them into the cabinet if I ever understand how to better use them in the future!
thank you gentlemen!! Your patience made this a great experience! I’ll post photos and report back when I get further along!
A point to consider if you were to mess around with the original speakers in the future, they are more likely than not, to be relatively low power. Most of those consoles were under 20 watts output, and with the tech of the time, they probably only hit 10 watts before they started to break up / distort. Even at that, these things were usually quite loud and pretty full range - deep bass, good mids, treble depended on unit hierarchy - the more you spent, the better it was.
Still, you may want to put a low power amp in there to put it back toward original, if and when the time comes.
"Cool man! A real swinger! What a hep cat!" Lol
Let's hope you can enjoy this build soon. Would be one heck of a Christmas gift to the little lady and yourself. Go ahead, make a cocktail and get started. 🤘👍
Congratulations! That's awesome! I don't think you'll need to put the soakers in a box, but you can experiment. Topical they are designed to be infinite baffle, ie, they don't need a box or could use a really big box. I hope you share photos as you do this. I got one would love to see that here. Great DIY project.
I didn't want to say this earlier because this is your thread, but I have 2 consoles at the moment. One is a Sears Silvertone solid state that will be taken down. I grabbed it for my eldest, but he turned around after a while and said it was too big and didn't fit in with what they wanted for style, so it is going after I tear it down to see what's salvageable.
The other is my dear departed father-in-law's unit that came from Japan. That's in storage and will be restored at some point when I get some time. My youngest wants that one.
So, yeah. I can commiserate.
Have you had a chance to do anything with yours yet?
Still waiting for the speakers to come in the mail! Once I get those I’ll photo doc or video doc the entire thing and post it for all to see! This is a long term project so it will have to be updated in segments! I don’t have the resources to do it all the way I want to right now so I am working it in stages so that we can grow with it and have it satisfy our needs as we grow!
Someday it it will be everything I want it to be! For now I am working through various stages of good enough.
Hmmm, I wonder where I could get some of them.... lol! 😀
(Just a little more of "moving things around" and I'll get to do the unboxing - there's 3 boxes, yours plus 2 from PE)
That and I am in a very technical field where measurements are key, and my eye has been doing it for 36+ years, well, you can see how the guesstimates go. Plus, I've been messing with electronics for even longer. I'm no absolute authority. I'll be the first to admit that. But I will help out in any way I feel I can if its wanted. Hence my membership here. Glad to be a part of the experience.