BiState Vintage Radio Repair, LLC
Fixing vintage electronics since 1974
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Before & After Photos
March 14, 2019
We welcome new challenges!  A customer is restoring his parents' 1968 General Electric console stereo.  We have never re-created a modern (modern by our vintage standards!) escutcheon before, but we're doing it!  Here are the before pictures:





Well, WE are not doing it, but we know people! 

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December 2018
This is why you should have a professional technician work on your radio.  This is a 1930s Philco cathedral radio. 

We never (ever!) use electrical tape!



We barely know where to start addressing what's wrong with soldering a tube in place.



Connections should not be twisted together but joined smoothly with the correct type of solder.



Yuck.



We've never actually seen Scotch tape holding a dial face in place before!



We'll bet the speaker sounds lousy with Scotch tape on it, too!



There are several washers or spacers made out of some sort of rubber and obviously hand cut.  These are clearly not OEM, or approved!



Standby for some "after" photos!

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1959 Edsel






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1939 General Electric H-116

The restoration of this radio is underway.  With just a little to work with, we can have a dial and escutcheon replicated!  We can accommodate special orders and custom requests, too!



Escutcheon and dial before:



After:




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1931 GE Model T12


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After:  replaced grille cloth, disassembed and cleaned chassis, rebuilt with new wire, rebuilt and replaced capacitor pack (original capacitor pack defective due to melted wax), replaced power cord and power supply filters.























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Sylvania Y45C20

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After:  Replaced rectifiers and capacitors, disassembled, readjusted and reassembled tone arm, replaced cartridge and stylus, motor mounts, power cord, mounted correct speaker.






Almost looks new!!




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1931 Screen Grid cathedral radio

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You don't get a "repair"!  You get a "restoration"!!  Trust your heirloom to us!

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A big shout out to our friends at Laser Concepts!  Dennis and Melissa took a broken escutcheon and recreated it.  Our artist, Steve, completed it by painting it gold.




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After:  Added new legs, replaced grill cloth, replaced the broken escutcheon.  (These are just the changes to the appearance.  There was a lot of mechanical work done on this machine, too.)



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Even consoles/record changers/hi-fis that have been well taken care of have 50+ years of gunk.  This piece was serviced somewhere else and was greased and lubed over the dust and dirt.  This is NOT how BiState Vintage Radio Repair services your beloved piece!



All components of YOUR radio or record player or equipment will be cleaned like new and refurbished before it leaves BiState Vintage Radio Repair.  Often it'll be better than new because when it was new, it was built on an assembly line.  Now it will be refurbished by Gary painstakingly by hand!


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The cabinet on this 1953 Zenitheatre is in good shape, but the electronics, not so much.  It is being fully restored to like-new function for a customer.

After:
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The record being played is called "Hula Blues" and is available for sale in our shop!



This is what Lost in Space looked like when we watched it in 1966 in black and white!  This Zenitheatre is now fully restored and better than new!
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