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Old Stero Console

I have a Magnavox Am/FM/Stero phono with open reel tape deck but recently I find that my radio doesn't work on AM. It's an old set, I know, but I would like to find a repair person or firm that can fix this. The console has transistors-no vacuum tubes.

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Does FM work? If so, I would expect AM to work also. Old AM circuits are pretty resilient. If you rotate the tuning dial in AM mode, can you hear distinct changes in the sound (noise) coming from the speaker(s)? I'm thinking there's no wire attached to the AM antenna on the back. Without the antenna, you might not get any audio output.

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