EH Scott Phantom (Waverley Cabinet)
Written by Bryce Ringwood   

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The EH Scott Phantom de Luxe radio receiver is a design from the war time years. It has 20 valves – arguably a small number for a Scott receiver. It is built on 2 chassis – the first being a “Tuner” and the second being the main amplifier, which drives a huge “EH Scott” speaker. The output stage consists of two 6L6 audio valves, which are still made today. The audio amplifier is a push-pull arrangement using transformer coupling. The turntable in the model presented to me was a Garrard autochanger in excellent working order.EH Scott Phantom

The set covered the medium and short wave bands and had a 6E5 magic eye tuning indicator in good working order. Although the record player worked, the tuner had a number of problems mostly capacitors and were quickly fixed. For safety reasons, I replaced the power supply filter capacitors (leaving the chromium plated ones in place). The final IF coil just would not “peak” and was replaced. This is under the chassis in a small compartment, so the replacement did not affect the visual appearance. The paper capacitors were replaced with plastic capacitors of similar size and appearance to the original.. The controls, particularly the RF gain control were very noisy and had to be replaced. The RF gain control switched on at the max position. I fiddled with a number of pots with switches, but couldn't persuade them to operate in that manner, so for now, the set just has a normal potentiometer.

The speaker cloth was in shreds, so regrettably had to be removed and replaced. The woodwork was in good condition, apart from some water damage to the finish on the lid. (Presumably from a flower vase.)

The chassis, in common with all Scott radios of the period, was chromium plated. Front panel controls included Bass and Treble adjustment, a noise limiter (ANL) and RF gain control. The tuning drive was a two-step ball drive (or friction drive), allowing excellent fine tuning. The set also had variable selectivity, achieved via tertiary windings of the IF transformers. This operates extremely well, so a great deal of thought must have gone into the design of the massive IF transformers.scottchassis

There is a version of this set that has an FM tuner using acorn valves.

This particular set was in a “Waverley” cabinet – not as overtly “Art Deco” as the cabinet sans innards I saw in Randburg and have yet to identify. Although there is a web site devoted to EH Scott radios, it doesn't seem to be quite “up and running” yet.

 

 

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