Discovery’s How It’s Made shows us how a McIntosh vacuum tube audio amplifier comes to life: Definitely worth watching! Advertisements
Enterprising French amateur Claude Paillard , F2FO, creates beautiful modern vacuum tubes by hand in his shop. These would be effective as an 01A replacement or similar in an early radio. It’s a real work of art. Check it out!
Posted in Collections, DIY, Electronics, Radios and Tubes, Vintage
Tagged Claude Paillard, F2FO, hand made tube, homemade tube, homemade vacuum tube, make your own vacuum tube, vacuum tube
I ran across these very cool steampunk-inspired USB flash drives drives built around a vacuum tube while looking for some tube shields. They look like they’re really well built and are a clever use of an old vacuum tube. I … Continue reading
Posted in Computers, Electronics, Gadgets, Photos, Toys
Tagged computer tube, eBay, flash drive, latvia, steampunk, steampunk flash drive, tube flash drive, usb, usb flash drive, usb steampunk, vacuum tube, vacuum tube flash drive, vacuum tube steampunk
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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Posted in Radios and Tubes, Vintage
Tagged 5-S-29, antique radio, capacitor, capacitor replacement, old radio, repair, seattle antique radio repair, seattle radio repair, seattle vintage radio repair, tube radio, vacuum tube, vintage, vintage radio, zenith, zenith 5-s-29
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.
Check it out at http://www.raincityaudio.us/blog/1937-detrola-139e-vintage-radio-repair! Continue reading
Posted in Radios and Tubes, Vintage
Tagged 139E, antique radio, capacitor, capacitor replacement, Detrola, Detrola 139E, old radio, repair, tube, tube radio, tuning eye, vacuum tube, vintage, vintage radio
Here’s another project I just finished at Rain City Audio:
This vacuum tube power supply from an engineer’s test bench can replace a radio or test circuit’s power supply to help with troubleshooting or experiments, with up to 400V for B+ and 6.3V 5A for the heaters. It needed some new capacitors, then fired right up and works perfectly! Continue reading
Posted in Electronics, Radios and Tubes, Vintage
Tagged A3, antique radio, B+ supply, bias supply, capacitor, capacitor replacement, Model A3, Oregon Electric, Oregon Electronic, Oregon Electronics, plate supply, power supply, repair, restoration, tube, tube radio, vacuum tube, Variable Voltage Regulated Power Supply, vintage
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
Posted in Electronics, Projects, Radios and Tubes, Vintage
Tagged antique radio, capacitor, capacitor replacement, clock, clock radio, columnaire, grandfather clock, grandfather clock radio, radio, rain city audio, repair, restoration, tube radio, vacuum tube, vintage, vintage radio, Westinghouse, wr-8, WR-8 Columnaire