Why is restoring an antique radio so expensive?
Restoring antique radios is a labor intensive process. Included in the restoration process are: cleaning, removing rust, replacing deteriorated wire, replacing electrolytic and paper capacitors, checking and replacing bad tubes, checking and replacing out of tolerance resistors, finding and repairing or replacing other bad components, alignment, etc.
Are parts for antique radios still available, especially tubes?
Parts and tubes are available from several sources. There are people who specialize in the replication of dials, knobs, etc. for old radios.
How well does a 50-75 year old radio perform?
Since these old radios only operate on the AM band, they rival the performance of modern AM receivers. There were a few radios made in the late 40's that have an FM band that is compatible with current FM frequencies. There were radios with FM bands made earlier that are not compatible.
Is it ok to play my radio all the time?
Almost all radios were designed to be used continuously. Once a radio has been restored, you should be able to play it as often as you like. And if something should happen, parts are still available for repair. However, an unrestored radio should not be turned on until it has been checked out by a radio specialist. Almost all old unrestored radios need certain capacitors replaced to prevent possible damage to more expensive components.
How much is my radio worth?
The value of a radio depends on several factors...among these are: manufacturer, model, style, condition and rarety. Bottom line, it's what a buyer is willing to pay for a particular radio. Most radios in an unrestored state have little value. However, some models which are desirable to collectors can command a higher price.
If I purchase a radio on the internet, is there any problem with having it shipped?
Great care must be taken when shipping radios or phonographs. I have heard of horror stories where radios were not properly crated or shipped. Be sure to use a shipping company that has experience in shipping large delicate items. Be prepared to pay a premium to have a radio or phonograph properly crated and shipped. I prefer not to get involved in the shipping of radios or phonographs, therefore, I operate my business for local clients. I am prepared to pickup and deliver within the Dallas-Ft Worth area.
I have an antique radio/phonograph. Can I play my 33 1/3 or 45 rpm records on it?
If it was made before 1950, then most likely it only has the capability to play 78 rpm records. There may be some very late 40's radios that have the capability to play 45 or 33 1/3 rpm records. Some early fifties radio/phonographs had two turn tables. One was for 45 rpm records and the other was for 78 and/or 33 1/3 rpm records.