68 piece(s) in the gallery
Radio restorations are listed below. If you see a radio in our gallery and would like additional information about it please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid 1950s Brown Admiral Tube Radio Model 5T35-N with Bakelite Cabinet. The dark brown cabinet is in great shape, practically flawless, with a gold colored dial, knobs and matching speaker grill. Since this radio has been in our possession, our technician has replaced two tubes, replaced two film capacitors and the power cord. The speaker grill is not in perfect condition; but our technician repaired it and improved its appearance greatly. This modernist design is timeless and the radio plays beautifully.
1952/53 Admiral Model 5Z23. This five tube AM table radio has a smooth modernist design with a pristine white Bakelite cabinet and simple gold colored dial with matching speaker grill. While in our possession, soldering repairs have been made.
1952/53 Admiral AM Tube Radio with White Modern Plastic Cabinet. The front of this Admiral has a telescoping design. The cabinet was cleaned and airbrushed to touch up its sides. One tube, one electrolytic, two metalized film capacitors, four silver mica capacitors, and one AC power plug were replaced while in Palette's possession.
Yellow Admiral Y3346 AM Clock Radio with iPod Conversion. This Admiral functions as a clock, radio and also has an iPod docking station. Our technician replaced tubes and fixed the clock function and installed and iPod dock. For the radio to play, turn the switch on the clock to the "on" position (not the auto position) and make sure the toggle switch is pointed left. For the iPod to function, simply find an unused station and switch the toggle toward the iPod dock. There is a separate USB adapter that needs to be plugged into the back of the docking station in order to charge your iPod. The iPod function will play without the USB charger adapter plug-in as long as the iPod is charged. (iPod not included).
1938 Arvin 618. Arvin, an Indiana based company, produced beautiful wood radios in the late 1930's. Its high deco modern style is simple, clean, and elegant. Our technician cleaned, tested, and replaced 3 bad tubes, 3 electrolytic capacitors and 15 metalized film capacitors and resistors. He changed the power supply design, aligned IF and RF, and repaired the knob clips. The cabinet was refinished by Paul Sanders.
1962 Bulova 830. This "modernistic" transistor alarm clock radio is in great shape cosmetically; the chrome case is in superb condition. Our repair technician replaced the 4.5 volt battery, 3 electrolytic capacitors, and tested the clock and alarm. The alarm works by turning the radio switch to the "auto" position while the alarm is set at the desired time. This Bulova has a "kick-stand" in back to sit the radio up.
1953 Bendix Model 753F. "The Cascade" radio with clock/ alarm is contained within a wooden cabinet and has a receptacle for a plug-in appliance. This classic functioning table radio also features an accurately working clock with lightly decorative design embellishments. The wood cabinet is in immaculate condition and frames the facade beautifully. Since this radio has been in our possession, our technician has replaced the power cord and four film capacitors. He re-wired the radio and replaced one tube. The case was polished. It plays very well.
1940s Coronado Model 907 Radio. This Coronado has a beautiful two toned wood cabinet. Since this radio has been in our possession, our technician has replaced four tubes, three electrolytics, seven film capacitors, and six resistors. The IF and RF was aligned and the wood cabinet was cleaned.
1939 Coronado Model 6D12, 6 Tube Radio with Wooden Cabinet. This radio was restored prior to Palette's possession.
1956 Crosley Model JC6BN Clock/Radio with Leatherite-Covered Cabinet. This "modernistic" radio has an ever-popular Modernist design. This Crosley's caramel leatherite-covered cabinet is in excellent cosmetic condition except for a small part of the "C" on the Crosley logo is missing. The clock and radio work very well. The clock/radio dial almost looks like a navigation compass and the brass bezel is in shiny flawless condition. Since this radio has been in our possession, our technician disassembled, cleaned, and repaired the clock switch. Three bad tubes and one capacitor were replaced and he conducted IF and RF alignment. The outer case was cleaned vigorously.
1956 Peach Crosley Model JC6TN Clock/Radio with Leatherite-Covered Cabinet. Cosmetically, the peach colored case is in great shape and the Crosley logo is in perfect condition. The clock and radio work very well. The clock/radio dial almost looks like a navigation compass and the brass bezel is in shiny flawless condition. The "on/off" radio switch on the right side of the dial is broken and is not repairable. Consequently, a toggle switch was installed on the rear panel to turn radio on and off. This radio's back cover is "patch work". Our technician replaced a "Bumble Bee" capacitor and cleaned and polished the exterior case.
1941 Crosley Model 20AP 5 Tube Radio with Wooden Cabinet. This radio was restored prior to Palette's possession.
1950s Crosley JT3 AM Radio with Black Plastic Case and Grille with Circular Cut-Outs. This Crosely is in good cosmetic condition and has a fun "Bubble" speaker grille design. Since this radio has been in our possession, our technician has replaced 4 metalized capacitors, 2 mica capacitors and 1 tube. He repaired the IF transformer and cleaned the radio.
1961 Channel Master Model 6511. This is a fun, light-teal green six transistor battery-operated portable radio, emblematic of the 60s. It is made from modern plastic and is light weight for easy mobility. Since this radio has been in our possession, our technician disassembled, cleaned, and replaced, seven capacitors and D-batteries. It was tested and aligned. This cheerful radio plays great and will make a fantastic addition to your collection.
1940s Delco R-1229 with Mahogany Cabinet and Maple-Slatted Grille. The wooden cabinet was refinished. Our technician repaired and replaced 2 film resistors, 1 capacitor, 1 electrolytic, 1 AC power cord, and 4 tubes. He re-wired the radio and aligned IF and RF.
1946 Detrola Aria Model 568. This chrome faced tube radio has a green vinyl-wrapped case and lighted dial. The sleek and industrial look of this radio has a history behind its utilitarian design as this model was created to entertain troops toward the end of WWII. Cosmetically, it is in good condition. The silk-screened Aria logo is mostly rubbed off, but is still partially present. Many of these radios no longer have the logo due to fading and cleaning of the chrome face. Our technician replaced a bad filter, wax capacitors, pilot lamp, and one tube. The wiring was repaired and tuning capacitor was cleaned. An alignment of AM and shortwave bands was performed. This radio appears on the cover of Philips Collins' radio collectors' book, "Radios Redux/Listening in Style".
1951 Emerson Brown 641B. This radio has a sleek modernist design with a pristine dark brown Bakelite cabinet and linear gold-colored dial and Emerson emblem on the geometrically-designed speaker grille. Since this radio has been in our possession, our technicain disassembled, tested and replaced three tubes, replaced capacatiors, and resistors.
1954 Emerson Clock/Radio, Model 718, Series B. Our radio repair expert tested and replaced defective tubes. He cleaned the tuning capacitors and aligned IF and RF.
1946 Gilfillan 56B Radio with Metal Front and Wood Case. Gilfillan was a Los Angles-based manufacturer. This Gilfillan is in great cosmetic condition, front and back. It has a copper-colored metal front and a wooden case. This radio was restored prior to Palette's possession.
1997 AM/FM Grundig Heinzelmann Model AD 950. This wooden cabinet with lighted-dial radio is a later model, but, has the overall vintage appearance with the benefit of playing both AM and FM bands. Since this radio had been in our possession, the wood cabinet was refinished and it plays with a rich tone.
1930s Halson AM Shortwave Radio with Colorful Circular Dial Inside a Custom-built Wooden Cabinet. Our technician performed an overhaul on this Halson chassis. He replaced 3 tubes, 12 film capacitors, 1 160V electrolytic, 1 output-transformer, 3 pilot lamp sockets, 3 lamps, 3 resistors, 1 diode, 1 8" speaker and aligned IF and RF sections. This chassis did not have a cabinet when purchased so Palette commissioned a skillful wood worker, Paul Sanders, to build a custom cabinet to house the chassis and its brightly colored dial. The cabinet is made entirely from two different types of cherry wood. New knobs and a glass dial cover were also added to the final assembly of this 1930s/2012 "art-radio."
Mid-Century Majestic Tolex Radio, model 421-D. This Majestic radio looks like it could be a small suitcase with its Tolex (canvas-like) cabinet covering and carrying handle. Since this radio has been in Palette's possession, our technician replaced power parts, 6 metalized film capacitors, and 1 electrolytic. He performed RF + IF alignment and repaired dial cord.
1945 Philco 901 Intercom Speaker Intercom with iPod Conversion. This Philco phone has been retrofit with a 5.25" Pyle 3 way speaker and 15 watt amplifier. The left knob is volume. The middle is a rotary switch. This switch turns on power to the amp by rotating the knob to the right. Turn again to the right to turn off. The far right is the original "Talk" switch which was left in place but has no function. All the knobs are original. Our technician installed a new LED bulb behind the transparent acetate window and added a new LED jewel light to fill a hole in the face of the radio. This Philco works on all iPod classics, iPod nanos and iPhones. Your iPhone or iPod will charge whether your speakers are on or not. For best results, switch your speakers off when not listening to music. When docking /undocking your device, use care not to bend the port back or forward to avoid damaging the port. Straight up and down movement with a little wiggle is best.
1940-1 Philco Roll-Top Model Radio, 41-844. The design of this more traditional looking radio resembles a roll top desk. It is in good cosmetic condition and plays great! Our repair person fabricated and replaced the clear dial cover, cleaned the chassis, and replaced all capacitors. He replaced out-of-tolerance resistors and the wooden case was re-finished.
1940s Vintage Philco Tambour Roll-Top Radio, Model 46-350. The Alligator-patterned case covering adds character to this "roll-top" shaped radio. Our technician replaced three bad tubes, all capacitors, and out-of-tolerance resistors. the burned wires were cleaned, the filter capacitors were replaced and re-wired. The wooden parts of the cabinet were refinished. The speaker cone was also repaired.
1941 Philco PT-89 Transitone. This radio is designed for convenience and portability with its leather carrying strap. Its case is constructed from "Catlin-like" Tenite and has no cracks or warping. Our technician tested and replaced four tubes, aligned IF and RF, and installed eight 9 volt and two 1.5v "D" batteries to get the right voltages. Six film capacitors were replaced and the tube socket was repaired.
1940s Art Deco Philco "Pagoda" Radio, Model Pt-61. Our technician repaired the volume control switch and nos tube. The resistors, capacitors and electrolytic were replaced and he installed a new pilot lamp. He cleaned the cabinet, tested tubes, replaced a shorted rectifier and repaired bad rubber wiring.
1960s Philips AM/FM Clock Radio, Model 22RS 274/42R. This sleek modernistic clock radio is in great cosmetic condition. Since this radio has been in Palette's possession, our technician replaced the pilot lamp, and repaired the radio IF and RF alignment. The volume control was cleaned and lubricated.
Late 1940s RCA Victor Catalin Radio, Model 54B5. This transistor has a neat Art Deco design with a case made from brass and catalin. Since we have had this radio, all bad capacitors, one tube, and two out-of-tolerance resistors were replaced. The entire radio had to be re-wired because the original wiring was brittle. The torn speaker cone was repaired and a new 67.5 volt battery was installed.
1935 RCA Model TRF-141. This radio has such character, especially, the wood design over the speaker grill. The dual-tone wood cabinet was majorly refinished. Since this radio has been in our possession, our technician replaced the output transformers, three film capacitors, two resistors, one antenna coil and three bad tubes, a filament transformer, one speaker, and one AC power cord. A masonite board radio back was put on and a new dial lens was made. This radio has a stunning appearance.
Late 1960s/Early 1970s RCA/Bulova. This portable transistor travel clock radio has a unique compact design with the clock displayed on one side and the radio on the other. It folds shut protecting both the clock and radio which makes it great for travel. The clock and radio both function well and it has great sound. The cabinet has been cleaned, new batteries were installed and the radio was aligned. Both the clock and radio function well.
Silvertone Am Radio With Walnut Cabinet And Appealing Speaker Grille Cloth. Our radio repair expert replaced tubes, metalized Mylar capacitors, and the AC power cord. He performed IF and RF alignment.
Vintage Silvertone iPod Docking Station. The innards were taken out of this former radio and an iPod docking station, mechanicals and a 3 watt amplifier speaker were installed in the existing cabinet. There are separate cords for the iPod charger and player.
1937 Sparton Model 617 Tombstone Radio. For the chassis restoration, our technician replaced two electrolytic capacitors, fourteen film capacitors, one output transformer, one 8" speaker, one AC power cord, one tone and power switch, two dial lamps, two power resistors, 5 resistors and of the tubes. He cleaned the dirt from chassis, repaired broken and wrong IF transformer, partially re-wired, re-strung and replaced dial cord. A reproduction dial, a dial pointer and replacement bezel were either made or installed. The shaft was repaired and new knobs were installed for the final assembly. The stunning wood cabinet was artistically refinished by Paul Sanders.
1948 Sparton, Model 6A-66. This Sparton which is contained in a gray metal case, has an industrial appearance and is iPod-compatible. The case is in excellent shape and the maroon speaker cloth matches the color accents of the dial which enhances the overall look. Our technician disassembled, tested, and replaced three tubes. He replaced capacitors and resistors and cleaned its case. This radio has also been made iPod compatible and it still functions as a traditional radio. The iPod plugs into a cord that is wired through the back, therefore, the cosmetic construction of the radio has not been altered in any way.
1938/39 Sparton 059K Five Tube, Metal-Cased Tube Radio. This five tube AM radio has a timeless design with a wood-grain faux metal case and chrome accents designed by Walter Dorwin Teague. Our technician tested and replaced tubes, replaced all capacitors, aligned IF and RF, polished cabinet. This radio is stylish.
1936 Sparton 57K Tabletop Vacuum Tube Wood Radio. Our technician cleaned and repaired mechanical parts. He repaired IF transformer, IF and RF alignment. He replaced 2 electrolytic, 13 film capacitors, 5 resistors, rubber grommets, and 1 AC line power cord.
1930s Sparton 517 AM + Shortwave Tube Mini Tombstone Tube Radio with Wooden Cabinet. This radio has not been mechanically repaired while in our possession. The cabinet was refinished by Hershel Weiss.
1948 Sparton Model 1003 AM/FM Radio with Custom Imbuia Wooden Cabinet built by Hershel Weiss. Our radio repair technician checked tubes, replaced parts, re-wired volume tone, aligned IF and RF. Wood artist, Hershel Weiss, designed and built a custom cabinet for the radio chassis. Instructions to remove chassis from custom cabinet are as follows:
Step 1. Unplug the speaker plug from the back of radio.
Step 2. Using a 5/32" Allen key, loosen all six connectors are turned all the way.
Step 3. Gently lift the top off, straight up. With the top removed, you have access to all the components, but if it is necessary to remove the radio chassis from the cabinet, you must also detach the cabinet sides from the cabinet bottom. There are three connectors on each side. Position the cabinet on a table so that one side is overhanging about one inch off the edge of the table, to access the connectors from below. Use the same 5/32" Allen key to remove the connectors from one side, turning counterclockwise. The side will now separate by pulling it away from the radio chassis. Rotate the unit 180 degrees so that the opposite side is overhanging the edge of the table and repeat the same procedure for the second side. With a clear acrylic/plastic dial and knobs, as well as a Tuning eye, this radio lights up at night with the best of them.
To give a bit of background on our Sparton 1003,it was originally called a “Chest of Drawers” model and came in a cabinet.Half of the cabinet was devoted to a record-playing turntable and the other side’s cabinet compartment contained this radio which we believe was mounted flush with the cabinet facing.The cabinet was a traditionally-styled wooden piece of furniture.The metal construction of the radio correctly tells most people that it,stylistically,did not match the cabinet.The radio has a sleek,modernistic look to it.We bought the radio,only, with no cabinet from its seller.Thus, a cabinet was needed.
In considering cabinets,we had previously commissioned a wood-turning artist,Jonathan Garcia, to make an imbuia, hard wood baseball bat.Imbuia can be found in South America.Here’s a link to Jonathan’s bat: www.palettecontemporary.com/gallery/show.php?artist=207 for your viewing pleasure.
We wanted to pick a wood for this Sparton that would compliment its dial coloring and remembered how much We liked how Jonathan’s bat turned out.The imbuia has golden shading in it that matched the dial trim.We then tried to find a local Albuquerque wood sculptor who would like the challenge of making a contemporarily-designed cabinet that suited the radio’s shape and style.We weren’t going to be held to the original “Chest of Drawers” design and construction! Via wood-worker networking,Hershel Weiss was recommended to us.Please visit www.hershelweiss.com to learn more about Hershel’s background and capabilities.
Richard Majestic restored this radio.Richard started tinkering with radios when he was 10 years old and has never stopped working on and skillfully repairing radios some sixty years later!Richard has a wonderful radio collection including every single Majestic Radio that was ever made.Given Richard’s last name,you could have predicted his interest in this radio maker!
An external twin-lead FM antenna and a Grundig AN200 AM will also be provided as well as a write-up on how to install them provided by Richard.Currently,this radio features an AM loop antenna.
1937 Sparton Model 768 Radio Chassis with a Custom Built Wooden Cabinet made by Hershel Weiss. Our repair technician replaced and installed 5 tubes, 1 speaker, 1 output transformer, 3 pilot lamps, 13 metalized film capacitors, 3 electrolytic, 4 resistors, 1 drive belt, and 1 glass dome. He performed IF + RF alignment and cleaned the chassis. A custom wood cabinet was designed and built by Hershel Weiss.
1968-1970 Sony TR-1829. Most of these radios distributed in the USA had a faux wood grain shell. Our yellow case is rare as the colored ones were primarily distributed in Europe. This yellow barrel Sony transistor radio is in mint condition and the sound on this compact radio is surprisingly good.
1937 Stewart Warner "Magic Dial" AM Radio. This Stewart Warner has a beautiful wood finish and big lighted dial. Our technician replaced 5 tubes, 3 pilot lamps, an output transformer, capacitors, and grommets. He performed IF and RF alignment, repaired the volume control and added 4 model-accurate knobs. He installed a new speaker and speaker cloth, and restored the wood cabinet.
1950s Stromberg Carlson C-1 Clock Radio Made From Modern Plastic. Our radio repair expert fixed AC power cord, replaced tubes, capacitors, electrolytic, and resistors.
1950's Stromberg Carlson SR-407 AM/FM Tuner Converted To And iPod Docking Station. The original electronic have been removed and replaced with 15 watt amp and 3.5" Pyle 2 way speakers. The original knobs are intact. The left knob is volume; the right is a rotary on/off switch. The speaker cloth was made from an "Oxblood" Fender amplifier. A strip of amber LED's were installed inside the cabinet that replicates the original look. The cabinet was sanded and re-finished with black cherry stain. The push buttons no longer have any function, so we advise not to push them.
1939 Stromberg Carlson 402-H AM Portable Radio. This "Dry Battery- Powered" radio plays great and has unique style with stripes accenting three of its sides. This portable radio looks like it could be a small suitcase with its canvas-like cabinet covering and carrying handle. The canvas/plastic cabinet covering is in good shape minus a few minor frontal scuffs. This radio was restored prior to our possession.
Est. 1947 Traveler Model 5028 AM Radio with Faux Alligator Case Covering. Our repair person replaced three bad tubes, a rectifier, film capacitors, the dial cable, the speaker, and he performed IF and RF alignment.
1950 Zenith Ultra Rare Beetle Radio, Model 615-W. The classic radio is in great shape! The white marbleized case with gold speaker grille and black accents constitute its timeless design. Our technician fabricated and installed a masonite sheet to use as back cover. He installed a loop antenna and replaced bad wax capacitors and burned resistors.
The tubes were tested and replaced. The tuning was aligned. The radio was cleaned inside and out.
1950 Zenith "Owl" Clock/Radio with Modern Plastic Case, Model G516 (Chassis 5G03). For all you, Zenith fans, this clock radio is a classic with its owl-like appearance and dual functionality. The black modern plastic case is in great condition and is sure to catch attention. Since this radio has been in our possession, our technician replaced three tubes, filters, paper condensers and one resistor. The tube sockets were cleaned and the volume control, tuner bearings, and clock were lubricated. A complete alignment was also performed and the wiring was cleaned up.
1940s Zenith Model H503. This Zenith radio has a fun design with its alligator-patterned case covering. Our repair person replaced capacitors, out-of-tolerance resistors, and vacuum tubes. He repaired the broken internal antenna and cleaned the tuning capacitor and volume control.
1956 Gray Zenith Model Z615G Table Radio made from Modern Plastic. This Modernistic Zenith is in good cosmetic condition except for a hairline crack and a small indention on the top of the case. Our technician replaced six metalized film capacitors, the IF transformer and one lamp.
1961 White Zenith Royal 500h Transistor Radio Gift Set (Comes With Box And Carrying Case). This gift set has it all. It comes with the original box, carrying case, the manual, battery box and even an old earphone. The white case on the transistor is very clean and the radio sounds great. This radio has not been restored while in our possession. To find one of these is such excellent condition with all of its extras is truly a rarity!
1966 Zenith royal 20 "Chrome Grille" Transistor AM Radio. Our technician performed cold soldering in the volume control, and cleaned the battery terminal. This Zenith transistor comes with the original box and ear phone. During the mid-sixties, a number of Japanese manufacturers introduced "micro" sized transistor radios. Zenith introduced the Royal 20 in 1966 as its entry into the "micro" radio market. The Royal 20 is an 8 transistor radio that was manufactured in Hong Kong. The Royal 20 is an amazingly strong player for its size.
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Items which have been determined to have been abused or misused while in your possession will not be eligible to receive a refund upon return. Examples of abuse or misuse, and which were not caused by UPS, if shipping took place, that were not present before you took possession of the radio include:
1. A broken radio dial crystal
2. A dropped radio
3. More than usual wear and tear is present on the case
4. The radio does not turn on
5. The radio turns on; but, it does not tune in stations
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