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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 5:05:57 PM on 29 August 2019.
Tallar Carl's avatar
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I have this old AWA cabinet that I'm fixing for a friend . I have sent Brad some photos.
The cabinet is all good but the finish is not.
It' also runs on a Commodore 64 power supply which is switch mode and causes issues. Maybeci can fit a power supply in it.

AWA Valve Radiola
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AWA Valve Radiola


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 5:20:58 PM on 29 August 2019.
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It's really just the stripping I need to work out .


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:56:16 PM on 30 August 2019.
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Has anyone noticed that we haven't heard from Vintage Pete since witnessing that horrific scene, hope he's OK. Tallar, from what I've read in his past replies, he would be able to advise you or you can read his full instructions.

"Paint Stripper Awareness and Warning."


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 4:46:28 AM on 31 August 2019.
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Photos uploaded.

Horrific scene? I must have missed that one.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 7:10:47 AM on 31 August 2019.
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One would hope that he is ok. I will look at his instructions. I have been told this cabinet was finished in nitrous.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 8:36:01 AM on 31 August 2019.
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Brad you probably forgot, I actually e-mailed him a few days ago but have not received a reply.

Disturbing day !
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 8:46:02 AM on 31 August 2019.
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Pete talks about reactivation of the original finish. Yours looks to be largely intact so might be worthwhile looking into.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 9:20:03 AM on 31 August 2019.
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STC830 I am planning on stripping the very top and the very bottom. But in between is pretty good so yes you are right.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 5:03:57 PM on 7 September 2019.
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Hello folks. sorry I have not been on forum as I have been packing getting ready to move to the country carl , if your going to do it in shellac, put a wash coat on by mixing the first coat of shellac 50/50 then put that coat on the bare timber, then lay the stain on top of that wash coat. Then mix 10 percent of craftmans walnut into the shellacs for the stain coat . this will float the stain and give you the correct look and color. note the edges will be paint if it was nitro so do the edges in a dark paint and apply the shellac to it....best to use white shellac for your stain and all coats. nice unit!....pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 5:51:20 PM on 7 September 2019.
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I have been packing getting ready to move to the country

Going bush? How far out?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 8:48:26 AM on 8 September 2019.
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Hi G....Albury! nice and close to all that old stuff in Victoria . I can spend my weekends driving around Vic buying old stuff ..good fun !im over Sydney the traffic and the cost ..pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 10:43:18 AM on 8 September 2019.
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Albury! nice and close to all that old stuff in Victoria

It's a source of wonder to me that so many eBay ads for vintage gear (of every variety) are based in VIC. Are they natural hoarders? Maybe they don't have regular council cleanups?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 2:21:32 PM on 8 September 2019.
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GTC, I think perhaps it relates to years and years of housing booms and income in Sydney, houses change hands all the time and in doing so they get a face lift of paint and furniture and its been going on for years and years. but in parts of vic or up north homes stay as they were years ago. the demand for housing sales is far less and so are the incomes of the people so less income means not up grading your stuff as often. Thats what I feel has happened anyway....pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 5:20:09 PM on 8 September 2019.
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I can't remember the name of the place but it was near Shepparton, VIC - I went to a clearing sale there some years ago. I briefly spoke to Marc but neither of us knew it at the time because we were both also concentrating on the auction (two simultaneous auctions were under way in the same 'hall' as there was so much stuff to shift. Radios, vintage cars, petrol pumps, the usual farm-type scrap metals, drums, tractors, ploughs and much more.

It is amazing what accumulates on rural properties. Years ago I lived in Tamworth, NSW and attended quite a few clearing sales and auctions in the surrounding areas and even further south. One place was a hall owned by Murrurundi real estate and stock agent, Harold Burraston, who did own a lot of radios. He showed me his 'back room' one day, chock full of consoles. I think Harold is gone now but the memories live on.

I still reckon there'd be that much stuff out there relating to vintage radio that we all could effectively double the size of our collections. Every shed on just about every farm has something in it and when people are on big hectares, they are encourages to collect all sorts of things. When I used to do electrical work for farmers in the New England region I'd ask why they had collections of certain things and the answer was the same as for us - because they wanted to have it. Fair enough too.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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