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  • #16527
    Fin Eby
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    Could anyone help suggest where I could start looking to find the original record player that went into my newly found Electrohome “Manhattan A” radio/record player? I believe this unit was manufactured in approximately 1951. Its a very nice little unit that I would love to complete. I recently found it in Penticton, B.C. and brought it home.

    #16529
    Doug Parker
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    I will keep my eyes peeled for you at the local auction mart. Electrohome or Viking cabinets had the very large original manual turntable. I have two Vikings that most likely would have had the same turntable that you are searching for but both of my cabinets had the BSR UA14 turntable substituted for it. They are a major size reduction as far as the space that the original turntable took. Major grafting and matching wood to fill the voids to make the UA14’s work. Do you have an Electrohome ID plate model number?

    #16531
    Radio Nut
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    Do you have a picture of what the changer should look like. I have a lot of changers but have no idea what they are from.

    #16565
    Fin Eby
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    Hi Doug,
    Thanks for your reply. I’ve been doing a whole lot of looking and learning. I’m still not to sure what turntable went into it, but tend to think it could have been a Webster Chicago. I watched a YouTube video of a guy fixing-up a Viking hifi/record player/radio. It looked around the same vintage, probably a little newer and it had a Webster Chicago that looked original to the set. My set is not a hifi.

    #16566
    Fin Eby
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    Hello Radionut,
    Thanks for your reply. I don’t have any photos of what record player went into this set, but think it could have bee a Webster Chicago. I did watch a video on YouTube with a fellow fixing-up a Viking (made by Electrohome) that had a Webster Chicago record player. It had a model 100.38 in it. I am still not absolutely sure what make I’m looking for, but Webster Chicago was a company that was located relatively close to Electrohome. Webster Chicago, from what I have read was a company that made record players, wire recorders, microphones and lots of other electronic items of that sort.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by Fin Eby.
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    #16647
    Rick
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    In I951 many of the better Electrohome consoles use the Gerrard RC-80 turntable with a GE variable reluctance (Magnetic) cartridge. If you console has a built-in phono pre-amp this is most likely the correct changer.
    https://www.vinylengine.com/library/garrard/rc80.shtml

    #16656
    Fin Eby
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    Hi Rick,
    Thanks for the info. I don’t think my Electrohome was considered a higher end model, it is only an A.M. receiver. The turntable output plugs into the radio chassis. The turntable base (plinth?) is still with my set. It slides out of the cabinet on slides, so as to access the turntable. I think what you have suggested might help me, in so far as identifying the mounting bolt pattern. So far Webster Chicago and now Garrard are my best suggestions. I might be able to get closer to finding something using the mounting bolt pattern for these different makes. So far I have been using Ebay for photos. It also looks like there are plenty of manufactures manuals on line. Again, thanks very much for your help. Maybe I’m one step closer.

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