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DarrenWGaransi



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PostSubject: What a find!   Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:56 pm

Hi Everyone,

Last weekend I responded to a Craigslist posting for a Magnavox Console in Midtown Manhattan. I instantly recognized it as the lower half of the Imperial Windsor console. It was advertised in excellent condition and was selling for $10. Well long story short, I went into the big town with my friend and when I went into the apartment (a fourth floor walkup-no elevator), I discovered the top section, complete with the television on the other side of the room! The nice young lady I dealt with agreed to sell both pieces to me for $20 total. Apparently all tenants have vacated the building and it is going to be gutted. I am certain this unit sat in the same place since it was delivered, most likely in 1949 and never left the building. The unit, as stated is in really good shape but someone decided to cut all the wires going from each chassis to the other.
It took my friend and I three hours to remove all the innards (which weighed a ton alone) and then lug both pieces down 4 narrow flights of stairs! We were covered head to toe in dust and grime. The complete unit now sits polished and stunning in my guest bedroom-pictures will follow at a later moment. The TV, amplifier, shortwave/am and separate fm chassis will be a great winter project. This unit boasts an impressive 15" woofer and large honeycomb radiator for mid-range and highs. Not to many of these units around-what to y'all think?
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:00 pm

DarrenWGaransi wrote:
Hi Everyone,

Last weekend I responded to a Craigslist posting for a Magnavox Console in Midtown Manhattan....think?

Sounds like a great find, I'd love to see some pics if you can.
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:13 pm

Good score, man! But let's see some pics! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:21 pm

Awesome find! Let's see some pics!
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:22 am

Darren,

It is a very good buy! Actually they show up often, I have 2 of them and there have been 3 on ebay in the past 18 months or so.

Magnavox must have sold a lot of them in the northeast, as the 6 or so I know of all seem to have come out of the NY, CT, MA area.

One of mine came out of a 6th floor apt in Greenwich Village, the other in central MA.

There were two versions of the speakers, one used a PM woofer and a electrodynamic horn, the other is opposite.

Here's a link to pictures of one of mine:
http://www.myvintagetv.com/magnavox_windsor.htm

Chuck
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:34 am

ChuckA wrote:
Darren,

It is a very good buy! Actually they show up often, I have 2 of them and there have been 3 on ebay in the past 18 months or so.

Magnavox must have sold a lot of them in the northeast, as the 6 or so I know of all seem to have come out of the NY, CT, MA area.

One of mine came out of a 6th floor apt in Greenwich Village, the other in central MA.

There were two versions of the speakers, one used a PM woofer and a electrodynamic horn, the other is opposite.

Here's a link to pictures of one of mine:
http://www.myvintagetv.com/magnavox_windsor.htm

Chuck
You guys in the NE have all the luck.
boowho Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:59 am

Great score. You deserve bonus points for muscling it down four flights of stairs. I would like to see a photo or two.

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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:47 pm

Wow! Never seen one before. Quite impressive.

Looks like it might be more than just a winter project though. I know it would be for me.
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:37 pm

Holy Cow Shocked

Until I saw the pictures from ChuckA I had no idea how massive those things are. Congratulations on finding it and saving it!

Below is just one picture from Chuck's site to show others how big this thing they're talking about is:


Picture is from ChuckA's site:
http://www.myvintagetv.com/magnavox_windsor.htm
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:48 pm

20 bucks.............................20 BUCKS!!! You cuda bought the poor girl dinner and a ice cream cone. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:14 pm

Cool. Cool

HA! "$1495.00 in 1949"....the Average cost of a New Car in 1949 was $1420.00 !

The Price of that radio/TV Unit is now Equivalent to $13,395 in Todays Dollars! Shocked

$20 ? cheers
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:18 pm

It looks like something is missing from the little pedestal on the top.
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:28 pm

A nice finial would look right up there. Dunno if it is correct however. That's a great find!
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:13 pm

Tony Wells wrote:
A nice finial would look right up there. Dunno if it is correct however. That's a great find!

It looks like there should be a finial, but they never had one there.


Chuck
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:17 pm

A GREAT find !! I hope you have high ceilings in your Radio/TV room !!
Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:46 pm


Great All I Have to Say is Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked affraid Shocked lol!
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:16 pm

That thing is a Gigantasaurus Rex, man! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:20 pm

Does anyone know how to insert images in this temp. site? I wanted to upload the pictures.

Any tips would be appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:59 pm

DarrenWGaransi wrote:
Does anyone know how to insert images in this temp. site? I wanted to upload the pictures.

Any tips would be appreciated.

I use Photobucket However if u email me them Ill be happy to post them for you
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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:08 pm

DarrenWGaransi wrote:
Does anyone know how to insert images in this temp. site? I wanted to upload the pictures.

Any tips would be appreciated.

1. Load your photos up to the Internet someplace. Photobucket, etc.

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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:12 pm

Thanks for the tips :-)

Hopefully this will work.







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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:13 pm

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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:37 am

I am posting these pics for DarrenWGaransi
he asked for my help so ill be happy to help post these for him. Very Happy





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PostSubject: Re: What a find!   Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:43 pm

Hi There Antique Radio Buff,

Thank you so much for posting them! I just couldn't get them to upload. I thought that once something made it into photobucket, it would be on the net but I guess not.

If anyone is in Jersey, stop by and see :-)
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