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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 8:14:18 PM on 9 July 2020.
Hansjoachim's Gravatar
 Location: Millicent, SA
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Hi all
I’m new to vintage radio.
Although I’ve been an amateur ( VK5 PHS ) since 1978, I haven’t spent much time on valve components
I’m struggling to locate some components for my first valve radio refurbishment
A Philips type 132 1950 radio, it works well with some of the normal old age issues, a very slight hum it’s obvious that I need to re-cap the radio
The other thing I’ve noticed is that most of the cables have broken down and in some cases are actually partially bare, and that’s an issue
Being a sparky, I’m aware of this danger and also the danger of high voltage shorting
Anyway, to my reasons for the post
Where can I purchase the capacitors I require ? Specially the few high voltage electrolytic type. ?
I’ve tried all the usual companies without success

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:29:54 PM on 9 July 2020.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Albury, NSW
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Just radios ..On the Net ..Find him great ...Has the hard to fine stuff too

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:45:29 PM on 9 July 2020.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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The Reason said just Radios is because ,he has all the right values at the one place and its quality,, From my experience in Doing my first Chassis its easy to have all the same correct values ,If you go to Jay Car etc , They don't have them all and then your buying at 2 or 3 shops ...Its easier to go to Just radios and get the lot in the correct values

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:53:22 PM on 9 July 2020.
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 Location: Wangaratta, VIC
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I have sent Brad a photo of my 132L as found in a recycle yard.

There are comments elsewhere re these:

Wiring may need replacing.
Advisable to fit a 3 wire cable & earth the chassis.
Beware of the negative feedback wires on the speaker & 6M5, reverse them and it will oscillate.

Mains transformer: Several models and mine was one, have a transformer where the winding likes exiting the wrap; Via the side.
Providing it has not shorted, its fixable. Do not touch it with your fingers as that will contaminate the wire.


Philips 132L Valve Radio

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 4:02:27 AM on 10 July 2020.
Tallar Carl's avatar
 Location: Latham, ACT
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Check this guy out. He is local and supplies the high voltage miec electrolytic caps far cheaper


My email is unhidden. Go to my profile and send me a email.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 4:59:24 PM on 11 July 2020.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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Photo uploaded to Post 4.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 5:27:26 PM on 11 July 2020.
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 Location: Latham, ACT
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Marcc I have that exact model but missing two knobs

 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 10:23:31 PM on 11 July 2020.
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 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Looks familiar - I may have one of those too.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 10:58:44 PM on 11 July 2020.
Tallar Carl's avatar
 Location: Latham, ACT
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Mine has a hole in the case where the previos owner intended putting a on / off switch . I donated two knobs to the local mens shed. Now I'm devising a way of repairing the case and would like to find new knobs.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 11:09:01 PM on 11 July 2020.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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Carl,,you mean Matching that dapple finish ??? A colour wheel will help you a great deal , I normally have a couple kicking about but not at the moment .. You could use an Art Colour wheel as your working with Browns and Reds, black .. It wont get it perfect straight up ,But it will get you very close and from there you just play with the colour to get the Match

 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 8:44:05 AM on 12 July 2020.
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 Location: Toongabbie, NSW
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Hi Hans, back in 2016 when I knew a lot less about radios I "re-furbished" a Philips 131 and put up a story about it in the "Special Projects" section.

Read it here.

Philips were genius at using common parts in many models and you will recognise lots of parts as the same as your model.

I was so full of knowledge back then I did not even realise it was a battery model until I got it!
Probably wont help you that much with yours, but you are not alone.
Anyway confidence replaces knowledge and you will laugh at some of the trouble I made for myself in "fixing" it.

While being very well made, those Philips tended to have under chassis wire with "rubber" insulation that cracks and falls off, wavechange switches made out of stuff that is not that stable after 60 years and, as Marc says power trannys that tend to ooze winding wire!

I used another Philips chassis for a project (a superhet tuner with wax capacitors thats in SP as well) and had to slide paper insulation so very carefully under the spilling turns so they did not short out on the steel and then varnished it all up with Estapol.

I know "experts" tend to faint at the mention of using modern paint products and sprays on valve radio parts but when you think of the CRAP insulation, like oozing wax and brittle laquer, used back then even modern house paint is better!

Yep I am a bit gung ho about stuff, just read some of my Special Projects and make a bit of a mess sometimes but the main thing is you enjoy your self and LEARN along the way!


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