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Bose® 901 Active Equalizer Series I #17118 Repaired

Cross-Posted from the Rain City Audio Repair Blog: This Bose® 901 Active Equalizer came in through the shop for the standard overhaul service. It was showing its age, as most of these equalizers from Series I and II will do … Continue reading

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Vintage Engineering is Beautiful [’70s TV]

’70s Industrial Modern Television in Custom Enclosure

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EICO Stereophonic Integrated Amplifier HF-81 Repair

From the late ’50s, I had this nice example of an EICO HF-81 amplifier come through my shop. These are nice little stereo amplifiers with a built-in phono pre-amp and RIAA equalization and feature about 14W of power output per … Continue reading

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Marantz 2270 Stereophonic Receiver Overhaul

I just had a great stereo receiver through the shop for repairs, the Marantz 2270. It’s the big brother to the Marantz 2245 I had through the shop a little while ago – mostly the same front-end circuitry, but with … Continue reading

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1958 Zenith HF1284 (Chassis 12Z20) Hi-Fi Console Repair

This 1958 Zenith Hi-Fi came into my shop for a full overhaul including an electrical repair, dial re-stringing, and some work on the turntable. These vintage hi-fi consoles are some of the best sounding pieces of vintage gear around, and this one’s no exception with a pair of 12″ woofers and a pair of electrostatic tweeters. Read more for details!

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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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New Toy: HP 143 Wide-Screen Oscilloscope Mainframe Restoration – [Part 1]

At the risk of becoming a test equipment collector, I am picking up a few pieces of vintage test equipment that need some work, but will be very useful pieces of shop gear as well as interesting pieces of history … Continue reading

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1937 Westinghouse WR 226 Vintage Radio Repair

This 1937 Westinghouse radio was the second highest in their tabletop line-up for ’37 and featured 7 tubes and a large, eye-catching dial for easy tuning. After a full overhaul including capacitors, resistors, an eye tube socket rebuild, new power cord, dial cord re-string, line input addition, and a full alignment it sounds great and pulls in stations across the dial. This model had the alignment trimmers all on the underside which was annoying, but peaked up nicely nonetheless. Read more for photos of the rebuild!

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Bose 901 Series II Active Equalizer #103549

This Bose® 901 Series II Active Equalizer is a part of Rain City Audio’s parts stock and got a full rebuild with upgraded parts and complete and comprehensive testing. All transistors, resistors, film and electrolytic capacitors were replaced, a new neon bulb added, and the controls cleaned and lubricated. This very detailed repair walkthrough has photos showing the drifted carbon composition resistors which can throw off the equalizer’s curve even if all the capacitors have been replaced. Click through for many more photos!

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1959 Magnavox AM-80 Companion Transistor Radio

This little 1959 companion transistor radio came through the shop for a tune-up. It, like most of the others, was in good shape except for the capacitors being dried out and no longer performing their functions. One was badly cracked, even, but the radio still worked after a fashion. With new parts installed it’s good as new. Keep reading for detailed photos of the tear-down and replacement parts.

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