I had never paid any attention to these 8 tracks, because for me, it did not seem like a critical part to my build. I just didn't like the idea of hacking up my dash pad to install it. But, after seeing Bluesmbl's build and how he executed the installation, plus the fact that my dash pad is not in that good of shape, I decided that I would like to include a proper 8 track, as even those that don't know all the details of a Blumo and what is screen accurate and what is not will be able to identify the 8 track in the dash.
Sooooo, after one day of shopping for a Craig 601 or 608. I came across this
In the heat of the moment, I hit buy it now. The price seemed fair to what I saw others go for. And it looks to be in good shape. I kind of feel bad paying inflated prices because if this was not a 601 it would be a $10 radio and I'm sure the seller only identified it as collectible based on the info provided on these boards. But what are you going to do?
In the heat of the moment, I hit buy it now. The price seemed fair to what I saw others go for.
I can understand that; it's supply and demand, and the Craig market seems to be hot right now. Ahh, for back in the day when TK826 and I would bid up a S601 to $10 before waiting for the next one. Hopefully your unit will be fully working, but if not this seems to be a good place to copy from BBC how I got mine repaired. Lord Vadus also has some posts about him working on 8-tracks.
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Let me tell you, if you need any radio 8-track repair work done, give him a shout. Our first conversations were funny. Went I sent in my Craig, he wrote back telling me all the reasons why I should pick something else - anything else rather than trying to repair this hunk of junk. But then I sent him screen shots and told him my bluesmobile plan, and he was fully on-board. He made it his mission to get this thing fixed!
Here's a list of some of the bad parts: ICBA amplifier cartridge clamper for the 8 track balance control wiper and slider AM tuner two of the LEDs that indicate which track on the 8-track
One of the most challenging efforts (it seems) was the rebuild of the clamping mechanism. Craig apparently went all out, and made a super clamper with tons of parts that Larry had to refabricate. When you put a cartridge into the Craig unpowered, it won't clamp the cartridge (unlike all other 8-tracks I've seen). Its because there's an electromagnet that clamps the cartridge only when power is on (when you turn off power to the Craig, it automatically ejects the cartridge).
There was discussion earlier about presets on the Craig. Here's a pic:
showing that the Craig S601 doesn't have presets. If you want to select a radio station, you must manually rotate the tuning knob. The buttons that look like they'd be for presets are for other things.
And to change between tracks on the 8-track, push the volume knob. Thanks, Larry!
Thanks guys. I looks like a good buy, but I still feel silly dropping that kind of coin on an old 8 track. If it works I'll feel better about it.
I saw it, did a quick, search for completed listings of 601's and 608's and came to the conclusion that unless you get lucky or want to scrounge around at garage sales and flea markets $150 is the going rate for one of these 8 tracks. So for the sake of checking something off the list, I bought it.
Arthur, that is a sweet looking set up. I will have to do some more reading on that hidden radio unit. What kind of speakers are you using?