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Unfortunately, I've never seen or heard this particular one working, but considering it's current state, that's not surprising :shock:

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Mine wasn't quite as big as that. :shock: Nice pair of KT66's

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A bit bigger than my first amp - a Philips 2½A valve amplifier. Had to be operated with the top off so that the RH channel valve could receive a finger flick to start it. About 8"x4"x4".

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Where was that rack monster installed, Bobins?

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The old central Govt. War HQ, though I think it predates that !

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So - all part of a thermionic nuclear end to life as we knew it.
I wonder which eight gramophone records would have been standing by?

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The PA system associated with the War HQ is a much much smaller bit of kit - it's a tape based one that sits on its own on a shelf. That hasn't worked for years either, but I did get to hear it work years ago, and even then it sounded decidedly wonky !

I've got a photo of some of the gramophone records from the old PA system somewhere. If I can find the pics I'll post them up later.

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Hell Razor5543 wrote:
17 Jan 2021, 17:47
As I said on your Instagram feed, that looks like a main line battle tank should be bolted to it!
:lol:

I think the Grampian is possibly tougher and better armoured than the average tank ;)

Bobins, interesting stuff :D Thanks for posting it :)
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18 Jan 2021, 11:50
Grampian, not heard that name for years. In the late 70's I worked in a factory which had Grampian PA throughout, ancient even then but wholly reliable.
It certainly was some very good kit Richard and always highly respected...
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Clarke & Smith held sway in schools right up to the '70s, most famously for LW/MW (and later FM) radio receivers, with 100v line output, which was conduit-routed to all classrooms.
Another very famous company and highly respected Chris... Their kit is very sought-after by collectors these days.

All of us of a certain age remember it from our schooldays - maybe that's the reason so many have such an affection for it :)

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Here's the four speed gramophone player that would have entertained the masses. You can choose from 16, 33, 45, 78 rpm speeds.
PA gramophone - own work
PA gramophone - own work
And the last few of the records that I know of that were played on the PA system. You'd just have to hope that whoever chose the records wasn't a Val Doonican fan :lol:
Old records - own work
Old records - own work

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bobins wrote:
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Here's the four speed gramophone player that would have entertained the masses. You can choose from 16, 33, 45, 78 rpm speeds.

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That record deck looks very familiar Bobins :D A BSR? As used in Dansettte and similar record players and radiograms of the period...

Those broken records are 78s I guess... Hope you turned the stylus over before playing them :wink: :)

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Apparently it's a BSR UA14.
I'll try and track down those records next time :-D

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I remember those.

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Peter.N. wrote:
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I remember those.
So do I :D I have serviced many and swapped a lot of stylii and cartridges in them :D Happy days...

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They used to bounce a lot when the records dropped Jim, needed some dampers. :wink:

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Jim - a nice little restoration job for you and Peter....... :lol:
Moldy bits 1 - own work
Moldy bits 1 - own work
Moldy bits 2 - own work
Moldy bits 2 - own work