Repairing a radio personally can be a tricky task depending on the problem, as can restoring one.There are many parts inside the outer shell that could have been there for a number of years, all of which have to be placed back exactly.If the job is a simple one, such as cleaning the different mechanisms or polishing up the outside, then it is completely feasible for the amateur to complete these themselves.
Parts Parts are a constant source of stress for everyone who owns a vintage item, whether it be a vintage radio or a Model T Ford.
Luckily for those with these radios there are still a good number of original parts that can be bought or sourced from now defunct machines, which means that the radio can retain all of its authenticity both inside and outside.
When an original part can’t be found, there are many parts from more modern radios that will still work in a vintage radio.
Owning a vintage radio can often be a labor of love, with constant care and attention needed to ensure that it both stays working and that it looks as it should.
Many are put off when looking at these forms of antique as they search for decoration for their home, but they shouldn’t be – the ownership of a vintage radio is highly pleasurable, with the maintenance being relatively easy if done correctly.
Repair and restoration As with most items, there are generally two ways in which one can repair or restore a vintage radio – either personally or through the services of a professional in the trade.
Both of these have their advantages and disadvantages however…
Getting a vintage radio repaired by a professional is not as expensive as many would believe, when it is considered that are experts in a very niche craft.
Obviously they have to cover their costs and make a living, but other than that they should not charge anything extra.
Probably the two most common problems that vintage radio technicians see are radios damaged by years of neglect and radios that do not emit sound, for one reason or another.
This lack of sound could be due to water damage, wire damage or rust – all of which a skilled professional can remedy easily and without too much cost to the owner.