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magnavox 155B and 134B Consoles

Discussion in 'Tube Audio' started by Kernel86, May 18, 2009.

  1. Kernel86

    Kernel86 Sylvania Nut

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    Picked these two Magnavox's up at thrift the other day, couldn't really afford them but I couldn't leave them there. The 155B was marked at $75 and the 134B at $50 and while I was only going to get the 155B I ended up getting both for $95.

    Specs are quite similar between the two of them. The 134B has a pair of 6L6's in push-pull and puts out 20 watts while the 155B has a quad of 6V6's in push-pull parallel also for 20 watts. Both have two 12 inch 250/5 ohm field coil speakers and support an optional FM tuner (or direct input).

    The 134B doesn't seem to work, and after playing with the 155B for a little bit we got that one working, but with a cap from the 134B and replacing one 6V6.

    You can view the rest of this pics I took at the following links:
    Magnavox 134B 'Berkeley'
    Magnavox 155B 'Regency Symphony'

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  2. mashaffer

    mashaffer Super Member

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    That is some pretty audio furniture there. Must be a honey of a thrift shop you got there.

    mike
     
  3. TheRed1

    TheRed1 Console Conservationist

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    Very nice pair of late 40s Magnavoxes (Magnavoces? Magnavoxen?) I can't find any information on the Regency Symphony. I'm assuming it's from the late 40s as well. There was a plain old Regency model through the early 50s that somewhat resembles yours but they had either two tiers of false drawers or no drawers at all. The '53 and '54 Regency were fairly high-end at $495 (they had horn tweeters as well) - The '51 and '52 ran about $300.

    How did you come by their model names and numbers? Are they on the plate with the serial number or did you get some literature with them? I'm curious what other information you may have about them. Here's an ad from 1948 for the Berkeley:

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  4. Kernel86

    Kernel86 Sylvania Nut

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    They do have a name plate under the lid by the turntable and the model numbers were on the serial plates. From what I was able to find the 155B was introduced in 1947/48 for $410 and the 134B in 1947 for an unknown price. I hadn't come across that ad for the 134B in my searches, thanks!

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  5. ceretto

    ceretto New Member

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    Magnavox 134B Berkeley Console, phono, FM, AM, and Short wave

    hi, i have one of those. what are they worth? my parents are 82, and i think they could use the money.
     
  6. gadget73

    gadget73 junk junkie Subscriber

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    Truthfully, not a bunch. Seldom will you see a console go for over 100 bucks, and they're always a slow sell. You'd probably give them something they would enjoy more by restoring it for them to working reliable condition.
     

     

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  7. markus

    markus Master Procrastinator

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    those are BEAUTIFUL !

    (disclaimer: I have both of those :D)


    my regency (w/ fm too) came with the matching record cabinet too :D. . . .
     
  8. cubby01

    cubby01 aka Buck

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    I picked up a Regency Symphony model at an estate auction past Sunday. Actually my wife bid for me assuming I'd want it, was a 2-ring auction and I was at the other. She threw in an initial bid at $10 and got it, probably could have had it for $5. It's in storage now as I have zero room for another console. It still had the store tag on the back, was like $485 and from the EIA code on the speakers I think it was from '48. Serious money back then.

    The speakers look very interesting. I have picked up several magnavoxen and this cabinet is the first I have with these speakers. What do y'all know about them?

    I hate to gut this one but the AMP-101 chassis has the matching OPT and PT of another PPP chassis I have and has me thinking dual monoblocks again. I've got some time to think about it. Any work on this one is far down the priority list.

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  9. Thespeakerdude8

    Thespeakerdude8 Super Member

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    Cool! 6L6G's aren't hard to find, but they are getting pricier. I have 2 pairs and one single, I like 'em in my Bassman.
     
  10. bigg40

    bigg40 New Member

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    picked up a the berkeley today at salvation army... power chord cut but nice cap and 2 sweet ken rad 6l6's in there i could pass up for 25.00
     

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