Where do I find info about an antique Columbia record player?

I bought an173 COLUMBIA 333 radio & STEREO PHONIC vacuum tube record player from a flea market..but I can find almost nothing about it....except a few photos. I'd love to find a manual or something about the electronics/tubes inside.Yes, it does work.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    you tube has Xs of vids on vintage  everything stereo and before,,,radiophonenut,,,12 volt vids,other guys too

    an outfit called SAM;s  carries thousands of wiring diagrams,( maybe manuals, see shango 055 on you tube about Sams manuals)

    click on Ebay,put in the model number,might be up there too

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  • 1 month ago

    Have a look through this site for information:

    https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/forumdisplay.p... guess the "333" is the radio section ID, there is a Colombia 333 valve radio listed with a service manual available.


    These include a few CBS-Columbia models:



    (Which spelling of the name is it? There are two different manufacturers, Colombia and CBS Columbia). 

    There are also a lot of free service manuals on the American Radio History site, though they can take some finding as there is so much material there:


    And more here in the "References" section:


  • 1 month ago

    Check with the antique phonograph, radio and TV sites. Someone should know about it and may have a manual or digital copy.

    There's a man who repairs antique televisions on YouTube and has access to repair and user manuals online. He might be able to steer you in the right direction.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You can definitely try googling it. My family owned a vacuum tube stereo record player/amplifier with built in speakers in the 1960s, and I grew up listening to it, but the reality is that there is nothing special about them. I switched to transistor based receivers as soon as I was old enough to get a summer job. There were people in the 1980s who bought very expensive amplifiers that had vacuum tubes inside, just as there are people who now prefer LP vinyl records over Compact discs. I am not one of them. I still have a record player but I have not used it for almost 20 years. I also own few LPs. Most of the ones I bought were thrown away because they were damaged.

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