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1930s Vintage Detrola 335 Radio Repair

Repairing this Detrola 335 was a major detective project with only a partial schematic after it was hacked on was a major project, but this radio cleaned up nicely and came back to life after tracking down all the faults, including replaced components, undocumented modifications, and a failed thermal switch. After adding an eye tube per the owner’s request, this fantastic art deco style tabletop radio is going to play beautiful music for many years to come. Click through for many more photos and schematic snips of the repair process!

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1935 Silvertone 1827 Antique Radio Repair

This Silvertone 1827 with an artistic finish came to the shop for an overhaul. It had been kept running for about two decades by its original owner before being put aside, and ended up getting all new capacitors and a new #85 tube which had shorted out. It had been well loved as the quality of the historical repairs was very high, and it had all Silvertone brand tubes, so could even have been dealer-maintained at Sears its whole life. After component replacement and an alignment, it really sings and has spot-on dial tracking and even pulled in a shortwave station. Read more for details and more repair photos of this Silvertone 1827 vintage radio.

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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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1934 RCA Victor 119 Antique Radio Repair

I just finished a new project over at Rain City Audio – 1934 RCA Victor 119 Antique Radio Repair

An example of the 1939 RCA Model 119 radio made its way through my shop recently. I like RCA’s engineering – they were pioneers of radio and even their entry level models like this set had great performance. The styling is classic mid ’30s, too – great in almost any home….

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