AM / FM / PHONO 1947 Models 7-925, 7-934, 7-936, 7-969
Top 20 Pop Hits
1: Near You ~ Francis Craig 2: Heartaches ~ Ted Weems 3: Ballerina ~ Vaughn Monroe 4: Peg O’ My Heart ~ The Harmonicats 5: Peg O’ My Heart ~ Buddy Clark 6: Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) ~ Tex Williams 7: Peg O’ My Heart ~ The Three Suns 8: Managua Nicaragua ~ Freddy Martin 9: Chi Baba Chi Baba (My Bambino Go To Sleep) ~ Perry Como 10: Linda ~ Ray Noble & Buddy Clark 11: Huggin’ & Chalkin’ ~ Hoagy Carmichael 12: Mam’selle ~ Art Lund 13: Anniversary Song ~ Dinah Shore 14: Managua Nicaragua ~ Guy Lombardo 15: Temptation (Tim Tayshun) ~ Red Ingle & The Natural Seven 16: Open The Door Richard ~ The Three Flames 17: Open The Door Richard ~ Count Basie 18: Mam’selle ~ Frank Sinatra 19: Too Fat Polka ~ Arthur Godfrey 20: Anniversary Song ~ Al Jolson
Top 10 Country Hits
1: I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) ~ Eddy Arnold 2: Smoke Smoke Smoke (That Cigarette) ~ Tex Williams Western Caravan 3: So Round So Firm So Fully Packed ~ Merle Travis 4: It’s A Sin ~ Eddy Arnold 5: Rainbow At Midnight ~ Ernest Tubb 6: New Jolie Blon (New Pretty Blonde) ~ Red Foley 7: What Is Life Without Love ~ Eddy Arnold 8: Sugar Moon ~ Bob Wills 9: Temptation ~ Red Engles and Jo Stafford 10: To My Sorrow ~ Eddy Arnold
Webster had the first changer that could change records at all 3 speeds and for all 3 sizes - but using only one kind of record at a time. It looked very much like the 2-speed model they came out with the previous year, with a small box of toys included. But you had to be an expert at mechanical devices to use it. You had to take the turntable off to change the "slow" position on the speed knob to be either 33 or 45 by putting the little spring on the motor shaft or taking it off (at least they provided a little stud to store it on). Then you turned the rest post to set the record size, either for 7", or for 10" and 12" records. In the 7" position, the pickup arm's rest position was closer to the spindle, so the auto shutoff didn't work and the changer repeated the last record (7" records were not heavy enough to work the spindle-weight auto shutoff anyway). If you were playing a 7" record, you had to clip an extension onto the nodding shelf (in the 10" position) so it could reach a 7" record. Otherwise, you rotated the shelf for 10" or 12" records. If a large-hole 45 was used, an adaptor ring (called a "spider") had to be snapped into the hole so the regular spindle could drop it. And the 7" shelf extension had to be adjusted for the different thicknesses of 7" 33 and 7" 45 records.
The second production run of 356 had a 3-speed drive for the turntable, so it was no longer necessary to take off the turntable to change speed. A second-run Webster 356 is shown to the right, set up for 7" 45.