Member of the Michigan Antique Radio Club.
Here you will find working antique radios for sale as well as scans of radio related information, vintage radio grommets, vintage radio knobs, NOS clock radio knobs, and more.
The antique radios listed here have been totally renovated (repaired electronically and cabinets refinished if needed). They are all working radios that work as well as they did when new even though most are 50 years old or more.
A few of these antique radios for sale are in original condition, and are marked as such.
At RenovatedRadios, I take pride in renovating radios and making them sound like they did when they left the factory, and if I can, making them look like they just left the factory.
I start by cleaning the radio. The radio is disassembled and the case is cleaned inside and out and then several hours are spent polishing it. Bakelite sometimes fades to the point where one cannot restore it by polishing but there are still some things that can be done to make it look better.
The paint on painted radios is polished to a shine if they are not too chipped and scratched. I try to leave the original paint if possible. If it's too far gone, then the case gets repainted and buffed to a new car type shine.
The knobs are cleaned (even the grooves) and polished to the same shine as the radio.
Once the case is all shiny and new looking, the chassis is cleaned using Windex, ammonia, elbow grease, soapy water, elbow grease, and more elbow grease. I clean the whole chassis, even the parts that don't show.
Next, the electrolytic capacitors are replaced with modern caps that will last for ages and not dry out like the originals. The circuitry stays the same; just the parts that failed or are bound to fail are replaced. Resistors are checked and replaced if necessary. Tubes are tested and replaced if dead or weak. Then the radio is aligned to factory specifications.
Usually, at this point, the radio plays. If not, then whatever needs attention is repaired or replaced.
The dial string is replaced if broken or shows signs of weakness. A non-slip additive is applied to the string and the tension is adjusted.
Usually, the power cord is falling apart or stiff. I usually replace it with new cord and plug.
All moving parts are lubricated. If necessary, the noisy volume control is cleaned and lubricated.
The radio is then reassembled and put on my kitchen counter and played for a few days to make sure it's OK.
The vacuum tubes generate that great, warm sound only produced by vintage tube-type radios. These are antique radios that you can actually use without worrying that they will go up in smoke at any time.
Please take the time to view the "Radios for Sale" pages. You'll be amazed at the variety of different models available in new working condition.
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