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1930 Crosley Arbiter Radio Repair

From the Rain City Audio Repair Blog: This 1930 Crosley radio came through the shop for a repair recently. The owner dropped off the chassis and turntable, then took the cabinet for professional refinishing. At some point in this radio’s … Continue reading

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1934 RCA Victor T4-8A Bluetooth Upgrade

From Rain City Audio: This was an interesting little project which came through the shop, a 1934 RCA Victor T4-8A cathedral radio. This radio had been fully restored, down to the bare metal of the chassis and completely re-wired by … Continue reading

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Assembling Transistor Radios in 1955

Here’s a great documentary short from 1955 showing how portable transistor radios were assembled. It’s super retro! (2:35) Want to learn more about transistors? Just a few years later the US Information Agency produced an 8-minute short film about the … Continue reading

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Vintage Documentary: How Stereo Turntables Work

Documentary Tube on YouTube has digitized an excellent early video documentary discussing the newest hi-fi invention of the time: stereo! In this 4-minute video, the narrator compares mono with stereo recordings on vinyl. Worth checking out!

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The New Stewart-Warner Series 900 Radio

This Consolette Ensemble combining Stewart-Warner Table Cabinet Receiver with the New Stewart-Warner Dyphonic Reproducer, an arresting value at $113 (less tubes). Radio Retailing, April 1929

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1931 Westinghouse WR-8 Columaire Antique Radio Repair

I recently got to work on another beautifully reconditioned Westinghouse WR-8 Columaire radio all the way from Bellingham. It was originally in for service with the SPARK Museum, but the repair technician reportedly suffered some health complications and was unable to … Continue reading

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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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1940 Philco 40-185XF Antique Radio Restoration

I had the privilege of working on a very well preserved Philco 40-185XF recently. These are top performing pre-war sets featuring 8 tubes, an RF amplifier front-end and push-pull audio output into a 12″ speaker. Definitely worth fixing up! This … Continue reading

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Craigslist and eBay Antique Radios – Be Careful!

It’s not uncommon to run across antique or vintage radios on Craigslist, eBay and other sales site which are advertised as “working”, “repaired” or “restored”. Many times these are in fact professionally reconditioned items – just like you read about … Continue reading

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1945 Westinghouse Little Jewel “Refrigerator” H-126 Radio Repair

A local client brought me a radio which was in the family for many years, a cute little “fridge radio” made by Westinghouse from 1945-1947. The same year Westinghouse released this new model of home refrigerator, they also released this Little … Continue reading

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