Some before pictures of our radios.
Some after pictures of our radios.
ABOUT OUR RADIOS
We value your business and want you to be as thrilled with these classic radios as we are. We provide as much information as possible about each radio. Clear photographs show the condition, including any flaws. We are happy to discuss questions you have about a radio prior to purchase. Some radios will also have audio and video samples via YouTube. Our current radios span the years 1930 to 1947. I am especially fond of Zenith console radios.
I have been an electronic technician for over 40 years. I started out as a radio repairman in the Army Security Agency stationed on Shemya Island, Alaska, on the Aleutian Islands. We monitored ICBM missile tests and the Russian Soyuz space flights. I have a BSCS and was a software engineer, and I most recently taught technical education until retirement. I got hooked on superheterodyne radios in high school and they are what I prefer to work on now.
To refinish the radio cabinets, I try to use techniques and materials that are true to the radio's era--lacquers and toners, hide glue and veneers. For most radios, the finish is too rough to preserve, so I strip old finish with lacquer thinner and fix the (invariably) many nicks and scratches and repair the veneer. Cabinets are refinished with stains and toners to make them look true to the original design, when possible. Many layers of clear lacquer are applied and then rubbed to a warm glow. The finish is waxed for final protection. I preserve and clean the original grill cloth if it is salvageable, or replace it with reproduction when necessary.