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Labarum
2009-04-04, 05:01
Been in Cyprus a few days and made a start at sorting the house out. My wife inherited it from her aunt, and the old lady threw nothing out since the house was built in 1952.

Been "mucking out" the kitchen cupboards. They were lined with newspapers from 1962.

But in one of the outhouses . . . two remarkable finds. A Philips BX230U table top wireless (radio), and a PYE BLACK BOX!!!!

I have know for years there was an acoustic gramophone in the house, but the Black Box is a very nice find. I changed the plug - it had a 2 pin 5A plug with only one pin! I put one of the 78s from the gramophone on the Monarch Autochanger, and off it went.

The Philips radio does work but may need some attention - it's an average wireless of the day. The Black Box was rather up market - what do they sell for today?

I am staring at a very silent Boom I brought with me from UK. My laptop works if one chair is precisely positioned near the open lounge window - then I can borrow (with permission) WiFi from a neighbour. There is not enough signal for anything serious, that will have to wait for http://www.cyta.com.cy/index-en.htm and http://www.prime-tel.com/ to get themselves sorted out!

In the meantime I keep thinking about what I can do with that black box - one small lounge in the house (the Cypriot style entrance) we will leave entirely 50s retro . . . now could I hitch up a hidden SB3 for a "Wireless" in that room?" Lots more pressing issues before fun like that!

(Look well down this page http://www.rewindmuseum.com/vintageturntable.htm for pics of Black Box)

funkstar
2009-04-04, 15:58
That is a very nice looking player! I love the style.

Nice find there Labarum. Hope you enjoy yourself in Cyprus :)

MrSinatra
2009-04-04, 16:37
i have something very similar...

my grandfather was a radio man in philadelphia and he had a radio / turntable put into a small chest, a wine chest i believe, somewhat ornate.

its really quite amazing and has been rewired to work with todays power.

i'll try to get some pics of it up later, i'm not sure what "stuff" makes up its innerds.

Labarum
2009-04-04, 22:43
i have something very similar...


Ah, Mr Sinatra, this Black Box, with a bit of love and attention would play your vintage records very well. Pity I only have a few scratched 78s.

The cartridge need replacing with a stereo one (wired in parallel) - the installed mono cartridge would wreck any stereo LP - but even with a new cartridge it would plough up the grooves and make difficult any subsequent playback on a Linn Sondek (or similar).

Now the case would be a good sound insulation box for a media PC, but that would be a travesty.

iPhone
2009-04-05, 13:04
Been in Cyprus a few days and made a start at sorting the house out. My wife inherited it from her aunt, and the old lady threw nothing out since the house was built in 1952.

Been "mucking out" the kitchen cupboards. They were lined with newspapers from 1962.

But in one of the outhouses . . . two remarkable finds. A Philips BX230U table top wireless (radio), and a PYE BLACK BOX!!!!

I have know for years there was an acoustic gramophone in the house, but the Black Box is a very nice find. I changed the plug - it had a 2 pin 5A plug with only one pin! I put one of the 78s from the gramophone on the Monarch Autochanger, and off it went.

The Philips radio does work but may need some attention - it's an average wireless of the day. The Black Box was rather up market - what do they sell for today?

I am staring at a very silent Boom I brought with me from UK. My laptop works if one chair is precisely positioned near the open lounge window - then I can borrow (with permission) WiFi from a neighbour. There is not enough signal for anything serious, that will have to wait for http://www.cyta.com.cy/index-en.htm and http://www.prime-tel.com/ to get themselves sorted out!

In the meantime I keep thinking about what I can do with that black box - one small lounge in the house (the Cypriot style entrance) we will leave entirely 50s retro . . . now could I hitch up a hidden SB3 for a "Wireless" in that room?" Lots more pressing issues before fun like that!

(Look well down this page http://www.rewindmuseum.com/vintageturntable.htm for pics of Black Box)

The nifty fifties, what a nice find indeed. Did you notice they didn't call it a record player or a turntable? They called it a Hi-Fi Record Reproducer. The web article says it was mono with two speakers.value or collectibility.

bobkoure
2009-04-06, 19:23
If you're looking for a bit better connection to the neighbor's, try a USB network adapter that has an external (probably dipole) antenna. They start at around $20 here in the states.
If that doesn't improve things enough, you can build a parabolic antenna out of cardboard and tinfoil.
http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template/

Labarum
2009-04-06, 20:59
If you're looking for a bit better connection to the neighbor's, try a USB network adapter that has an external (probably dipole) antenna. . . .

Thanks, but I hope to have my own connection in a few days.

bobkoure
2009-04-08, 06:08
Oh - cool!
I'd lived in France in the 70's and it was literally months to get a phone line installed. Friends in the Azores tell me it's still that way there. So I figured you were up against the same kind of delay in Cyprus.

Labarum
2009-04-08, 06:17
No. It's the wretched paperwork. We had to collect a mountain of documents and signature to transfer a long existing telephone line from my deceased mother in law tomy wife who now owns the house.

We have done that in two weeks. It will be another two to establish a broadband installation, but by then it will nearly be time for us to return to England for the summer. When we come back to Cyprus in the autumn, we can install the broadband.

I will be paying twice the price for half the speed I have in UK. Annoying.