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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 7:27:05 AM on 25 August 2011.
Wa2ise's avatar
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Do you have "daily drivers" that you listen to on a daily basis?

I've been using this AWA Radiola every day since I did a full recap on it.


And a little less often I'll listen to this one:


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 7:58:13 PM on 25 August 2011.
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 GTC
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Yes, my little collection comprises examples of just the 4 valve mantel/table sets that were in my family or extended family when I was a kid, and I use them every night in rotation to spread the use around and keep those electros formed.

This is my favourite, the first radio I experienced, the Airzone 5A1A2 of c1955 (except ours was cream):



Then came an additional radio to the house: the maroon Kriesler Duplex 11-41 of c1954, a second-hand unit which my brother and I shared in our bedroom. It was between our beds:




Finally, the Airzone was replaced with the brown and beige Kriesler 11-99 of c1962:




My paternal grandparents had a cream AWA Radiola 449MA, but to date I have only been able to find its cousin the AGE Hotpoint P64ME (same AWA chassis, slightly different case):




My maternal grandparents had a large 1930's era dual wave console radiogram with front doors on it, not unlike this one, except that it had a circular propeller style dial:





Unfortunately, I don't have the room for a console like that.


*** What is the HTML code for posting images rather than image links on this site?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:21:25 PM on 25 August 2011.
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Image links are safer but if you are in the know with HTML you can use the following and fill in the blanks:-

<div align="center"><img class="photoc" src="IMAGE URL HERE"></div>

Images MUST be no wider than 455 pixels or they will push the website's template out of alignment and I would then either edit or delete as necessary.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 8:41:40 PM on 25 August 2011.
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Thanks. I re-sized them all in Photobucket to 455 wide max, and the middle 3 are displaying fine, but for some weird reason the first and fifth are displaying bigger?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 9:09:27 PM on 25 August 2011.
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Hahaha. Not to worry. I will add sizes to the HTML code you used tomorrow morning when my brain is thinking more clearly.

WA2ISE does the same thing. Tongue

Update: It looks like Photobucket's sizing is working now. I'll leave things as is and see what happens. Smile


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 12:41:25 PM on 29 August 2011.
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GTC,
you have an amazing resource ,
perhaps not in the size of your collection but in the experience behind it. I have noticed many replies to enquires
including my own; appreciated.!! Any chance that you know
of anyone who does regular standard radio repair and who
does not mind an observer? who knows they could be someone I sit next to as a "newbie" in the HRSA meets.
Cheers Michael 32v radio.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 3:48:33 PM on 29 August 2011.
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There are plenty of experienced repairers in the HRSA. I suggest that you catch our Sydney Group President John McIlwaine before the meeting starts and let him know that you're after some help -- suggest you give him a note with your contact details on it and what radio(s) you need help with. I'm sure he'll be glad to ask the meeting.

Otherwise, here are a couple of professional repairers. (I'm not sure about the observer bit, but you could ask.)

MB Electronics (ask for Mark)
277 Victoria Rd
Marrickville
(02) 9568-3248

Antique Reproduction & Restoration
14 Claxton Cct,
Rouse Hill
(02) 9836 2997


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 2:42:50 PM on 30 August 2011.
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Hi guys

I understand where you are coming from 32 Volt Radio. I'm just starting out on the radio repair journey although I've collected old radios for many years. It's come to the point where they all need work now. I've also just joined HRSA but haven't gone to a meeting yet.

I've downloaded some introductory electronics courses and am working through the basic theory but it's really good to watch someone while they work on a radio and ask questions.

Mark


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 4:51:22 PM on 30 August 2011.
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I Have been using an AWA 467 MA, I don't know why but it just stands out in my collection & it is the only 4 Valve set I have so far, despite being a low Treble sounding set,
I also use an Astor BPJ mostly aswell, along with other radios in my collection, I take turns with them, that way, They'll get a good playing, so that the Electrolytics can last much longer!


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 4:59:28 PM on 30 August 2011.
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The 467's tone control (with on/off) may need a squirt of contact cleaner. This model doesn't sound as good as models made in the previous decade though, mainly because the thermoplastic cabinets don't provide the best accoustic qualities a speaker box would require.

I have one of these that I used to use to provide music from 2TM when in a caravan I used to use as a workshop. Nice radio but there was always a buzzing noise that I could never trace.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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