- A trip to Helping Hands (it's like Salvation Army) here in Midland
brought me across a 58" 1974 Philco console. Tag said "Works" so I
got it for $15. While loading it in the back, I saw a 48" '74 Philco
Allegro console with a tag saying "Does not work". They loaded it
for free. I got them home. They both needed needles on the
turntables. Otherwise, the 58" that I paid $15 for worked great.
The 48" Allegro didn't have a cord. I'll bet they never tested it.
I sacrificed an old VCR for the cord and plugged it in. YES! Radio
works. Speakers are great. The 8-track actually plugs into an
extension cord inside the cabinet coming from the radio. I'm not
sure it is getting electricity. It doesn't act like it. Would it be
okay for me to plug it directly into an outlet, or does it have a
voltage regulator of some kind before it gets to the inside plug? I
have never seen a separate plug for the 8-track before inside the
It looks like the motor is out on the turntable (It even LOOKS
charred), so I emailed turntablesneedles.com for a check on another
motor and needles. However, I can spin the turntable by hand and,
even without a needle in it, can get sound through the speakers. I
think it will work after I get a motor and needle on it. I have GOT
to learn to solder now.
This is getting addictive. This makes four phonographs in three
months, three of them being large consoles. I find myself looking
for more. Am I going to start talking like all of you do? I can't
understand the technical jargon at this point. I am still spitting a
little on the word 'plinth.' Anyway, I am so proud of myself. I
feel superior to the old man at Helping Hands who tests the
electronics. You may have created a monster.
Judy the mechanic