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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 3:28:16 AM on 17 October 2019.
Tallar Carl's avatar
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I got this one from ebay. Photos are sent to Brad. Who do you guys go to for a professional recone?

AWA Radiola
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AWA Radiola


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 11:23:04 PM on 17 October 2019.
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Photos uploaded.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 1:16:36 AM on 18 October 2019.
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Thankyou Brad were they attached properly or were they embedded.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 6:54:53 AM on 18 October 2019.
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Hey Carl!
That speaker looks like it HAS been "professionally" re-coned!!
Sorry.

The good news is it looks like a bolt together construction.
I have, and I note other guys have, simply removed the cone and built it up with material and a suitable dope.
If nothing else you might like to give it go.
Its a bit like restoring car parts, get the original shape back, spray paint, bolt back together.
Very tedious and painstaking.
Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 8:05:21 AM on 18 October 2019.
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I'm first going to check if there is a suitable new cone available once I get the set.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 7:06:04 PM on 23 October 2019.
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I want to get rid of those green and yellow terminals at the back of this set as well. Any ideas at all


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 8:23:38 PM on 23 October 2019.
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I will send the Pablo Picasso effort I did on a Philco. I think that Masking type tape is grossly in appropriate and its not a tape player.

One could use Banana Plugs & tap, or solder banana plug points into a piece of strip brass. that would almost look era.

Marc

Philco Valve Radio


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 10:35:57 PM on 23 October 2019.
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I will be dabbling in reconing. The cones are available at a reasonable price. I want this set to come up good.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 7:46:59 PM on 24 October 2019.
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This arrived in the mail today and had to crash tackle the wife as she was scampering off with it in the direction of the rubbish bin lol. Will be opening it up on the weekend and taking more photos . May even get my soldering iron out .


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 6:17:51 PM on 26 October 2019.
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Marcc, go over that with tyre black and it will look much better. Can make almost any cone repair look like new....


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 8:24:29 PM on 26 October 2019.
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It 's never going to be a mint radio; I found out today the Puddy Tat knocked it off a shelf. The other guy in the radio club has done a fantastic job putting the Bakelite cabinet back together.

That speaker will be behind a cloths, so won't be seen. Apparently is Dad's radio & a keep sake. You will note from the original pot shaft & dodgy bit of wire emanating from the IF can top left, that this was taken before I bit the bullet & attacked the internals.

Marc


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 8:50:00 PM on 26 October 2019.
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Well the big brother arrived and I have managed to Assess it. Everything needs doing . The speaker has a open circuit speaker coil and transformer. The speaker will be professionally reconed and the cabinet will be professionally restored. I started on the electrics today and will have it done shortly. Someone has been at this before and was pretty rough so here we go again.

AWA Radiolette
AWA Radiolette
AWA Radiolette
AWA Radiolette
AWA Radiolette


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 9:35:31 PM on 26 October 2019.
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Photos uploaded to Post 12.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 9:39:15 PM on 26 October 2019.
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Wow that was quick thanks Brad.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 8:32:26 AM on 27 October 2019.
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Nice photos.
That set is in great shape, basically everything is there so you don't have to re-create anything, just fix and replace.
The speaker does need a "bit of adjusting".
I wonder if the actual coil winding and former is still intact?
If so you may be able to glue that piece into the centre of a donor cone and then rebuild the lot around that.
At least you are not fighting a welded up permanent magnet beast, being able to unbolt and treat the parts as sub assemblies is a bonus.

The chassis is going to respond well to replacing every resistor and capacitor.
I'll bet all the IF and tuning coils will be ok, power tranny may need revarnish to make it moisture free, ditto the choke coil on the speaker and find another output tranny.
You can even hide the electros inside the original bolt on can if you want to go that far.

It is a good buy and a great project.
Maybe just wash the chassis down and keep the patina and original markings, replace caps and resistors, find an original bakelite strip with metal terminals to replace the coloured plastic ones, power cord with gland. Cabinet keep the patina just clean down and oil polish?
Cloth cord and lincraft speaker cloth?

I would go mad and strip it to the bare chassis and start again, but that's just me, overachieving!
Fred.


 
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