3-19-20 Corona Virus Update
In an abundance of caution and responding to the results of the study just released and announced on KMOX regarding the length of time the Corona Virus can remain on surfaces including cardboard, we have made the difficult decision to suspend ordering parts and other supplies for BiState Vintage Radio Repair. We will continue to work on the items currently on site with the parts on hand, but this decision might delay some repairs. We will not be accepting any additional items for the time being, regardless of how the waiting list progresses. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this causes. The safety of customers (who are all friends) as well as our family is a priority. Please don't hesitate to call with any concerns or questions about your item that's being worked on or what the current status of anything else here might be. Thank you for your business and your understanding.
Please contact us to be added to the waiting list. We are swamped (because we are the best!)
We currently have over 65 items physically on site in the queue for the workbench and over 150 on the waiting list! We WANT to repair your treasured item, so please be patient! Thank you!!
9-24-19 IMPORTANT NEWS:
We are in the process of moving. We are NOT closing, but we are relocating to our residence.
It is only about three miles away, on the east side of Belleville. Our phone number, email address, facebook page, and website will remain the same. Our hours will officially be "by appointment only" which really means to call first and coordinate. Because we will be working from home, we won't have a sign outside or walk-in availability.
Rest assured that nothing else about BiState Vintage Radio Repair will change. You and your treasured radio, phonograph, stereo, or other item will continue to receive the same individualized tender loving care that we have always provided. In fact, maybe even better because we will be better able to serve you by having immediate access to the workbench at all times!
If you are on the waiting list, you will retain your place in queue. If you have an item currently on site for the workbench, it has moved with us.
Once again, we both thank you very much for your business, your support, and your ongoing friendship, which we look forward to continuing. We can't wait to show you around the new space!
UPDATE: The move didn't go as smoothly as we'd hoped, so that was a minor setback. We are still asking each other, "Where is such and such?" and answering each other, "Well, I knew where it was before the move!"
BiState Vintage Radio Repair, LLC was recently featured on Fox2 News. Watch the segment here
2505 Chippendale Drive
Belleville, IL 62221-3271
Do you have an old tube radio that needs repair?
Is there a phonograph in your garage or attic that you thought
couldn't be fixed?
Did your guitar amp blow out in the Rock 'N' Roll heyday?
Is your turntable more table than turn?
Blow off the dust and wipe off the cobwebs and call
BiState Vintage Radio Repair, LLC!
Are you looking for a place to dispose of a dirty, dusty, ratty old radio that's been collecting bird droppings in your attic or garage? Bring it to us!!!!!!! No matter how old; no matter how icky; no matter what condition--we want it! Please don't destroy your old phonograph or radio.
Beware of websites that say their radios are "professionally restored." This often means only the cabinet--sometimes the electronics are untouched and often dangerous. Other repair shops might change some tubes, but this is rarely the only issue that needs to be addressed with vintage electronics.
Please contact BiStateVintage Radio Repair, LLC to restore to working, like-new condition:
- tube radios and record players/phonographs
- old telephones
- vintage ham & CB radios
- small kitchen appliances
- and more--just about anything electronic pre-1970!!
If it's old and electric, BiState Vintage Radio Repair, LLC can probably restore and resurrect it!
If you have something old,
DO NOT PLUG IT IN to see if it works.
Let BiState Vintage Radio Repair, LLC
do an analysis of safety first!!
These wires were in a customer's radio. It's not just the rat's nest of wiring, but the majority of the insulation has disintegrated and has left bare wires touching each other in the tangle of wiring.
These capacitors were in a customer's radio. They are 320V DC and dried out. There are no electrolytic chemicals and can cause a direct short. It's impossible to know if the wiring or capacitors in your radio are in this condition without disassembling it by a qualified technician.
These are wires from the audio transformer which feeds B+ high voltage to the plate of the audio output tube in a customer's Zenith record player. If these bare wires would touch the speaker, it would fry the radio, or possibly the person that might touch them. BiState Vintage Radio Repair does not use electrical tape, which can fail as in this photo. We use heat shrink on solder connections.
DON'T PLUG IT IN YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!
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