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1936 Zenith 5-S-29 Electrical Restoration and Alignment

This 1936 Zenith 5-S-29 was in the shop for a complete overhaul with all new resistors and capacitors, a new dial lamp socket, tube testing and alignment. After all that service, it looks and sounds fantastic and is going to last for a long time to come in a local collection.

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1937 Detrola 139E Vintage Radio Repair

I just finished a new project over at Rain City Audio – 1937 Detrola 139E Vintage Radio Repair

This Detrola 139E chassis was on my bench recently while the cabinet was being refinished. It’s a striking 1937 radio with an art deco stationized dial with a very large tuning area, and even though it only has 5 radio tubes, it’s a great performer. I replaced the rectifier tube and rebuilt the electronics of the radio followed by testing and an alignment; now it’s very selective and will be a safe and reliable appliance for someone’s home.

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1939 Airline 93WG-1001 by Montgomery Ward’s Radio Repair

I just finished a new project over at Rain City Audio – 1939 Airline 93WG-1001 by Montgomery Ward’s Radio Repair

I recently got to work on this fantastic radio from 1939, the Montgomery Ward’s Airline 93WG-1001. Made by Wells-Gardner for Montgomery Ward, this 10-tube radio featured a tuned RF amplifier stage, push-pull 6V6 output and a very interesting drum dial.

This radio had been serviced at one…

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1946 Zenith 6-D-029 Consoltone Antique Radio Repair

A local client just brought in a very interesting Zenith tabletop radio from just after WW2, the 1946 Zenith 6-D-029 Consoltone mantle radio. This is one of the iconic “boomerang” dials Zenith produced for a couple of years after the … Continue reading

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1948 Motorola 99-FM21 Console Radio Back to Life

I recently had the chance to work on this beautiful Motorola 99-FM21 from 1948, currently owned by the granddaughter of its original owner. It’s been in the family since its purchase new in 1948 and was lovingly cared for the … Continue reading

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Overloaded 1931 Transformer [Fried Electronics]

I’m working on a 1930/31 Westinghouse WR-8 Columnaire clock-radio which had a bad transformer. The filter capacitors failed and shorted the high-voltage secondary, burning it open and causing a lot of heat and melting.   The replacement is a General … Continue reading

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Depression-Era Radio: 1934 Grunow 460 Tombstone

I’ve had this Grunow 460 sitting in my queue pending for a little while and it’s finally on it’s way home looking great! There was a fun extra bit of detective work to identify and solve the issues that came … Continue reading

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