About Me

I began restoring antique radios in 1979 with a victor R34 I found at the Salvation Army for $10. I do both, electronic and cabinet restoration and keep a small stock of project sets. I do radio and tv restorations in the evenings and on the weekends during the winter months and work on Type 3 Volkswagons when the weather is warm in the summer. By day my "real" job is technical and design work on MRI scanners for the coils and electronics. I have also been involved in failure analysis, HALT testing, reverse engineering, power electronics and quite a few other kinds of research and development at GE. Tomorrows electronics during the day, yesterday's electronics at night. Click here to view the Set's for Purchase.

Electrical Safety

Antique radios I sell are used at your own risk.There are inherent dangers to using any vintage piece of electronics and despite the fact that I make every effort to make them safer than they were when new it is possible to be injured if they are used improperly or carelessly. These sets are not built to the current UL standards and must be used with care and kept out of the reach of children, pet's etc. while in operation. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the specifics of any set your interested in.

What my restorations involve.

Operation: Each chassis and speaker gets a complete cleaning, all tubes are tested and any weak or bad ones are replaced, all electrolytic and paper capacitors are replaced as well as any other components that need it. All controls and switches are cleaned, bad wiring is replaced and a New Grounded power cord with AC fuse (if not already equipped) is installed on Chassis ground sets and a polarized power cord on transformerless sets. Speaker cones are repaired if necessary and the set is aligned and burned in for a week before completion.

1929 Bruswick 31S

My sets are not "Over-restored" or made "Better than new" nor are they simply recapped and shipped out, each chassis is restored with emphasis on authenticity and preservation and as many of the original parts that are still reliably operational are retained. When possible and practical, new capacitors are mounted in the original housing. This is often the case with filter capacitors and is always the case with the Philco Bakelite blocks, which have the innards, removed and replaced with new capacitors. Upon special request, I may be able to re-tube the set with correct matching manufacturer tubes at additional cost.

1929 Bruswick 31S

Cosmetics: Unless stated that the original finish is retained, each cabinet is stripped with liquid strippers to retain the original patina and color under the finish and any repairs are made and the entire set is finish sanded. Toning Lacquers are used where they were originally, as well as any painted fluting or highlights, Reproduction decals are also used whenever available. Finish is 6-8 coats of hand-rubbed Tung oil that closely approximates the original Lacquers, shellac's and varnishes. No Urethanes or epoxy use here! The cabinets will look as close as possible to the way they did when they were new.

1929 Bruswick 31S

Pictured Set: (Images on this page) The featured set is a 1929 Brunswick 31S that had been abused in just about every way! 1) It had been re-varnished... yep! The whole thing... chassis and all! 2) It had an attempt at stripping it... with the caustic paste stripper! 3) It had an attempt at sanding it, with an Orbital sander! 4) It had an attempt at gluing it, resulting in everything being glued in the warped position 5) It had been out in the rain at some point It took an obsession by me to restore it.. A LOT of work! But it is beautiful and there aren't that many around!

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