Tube radio receivers have been around since 1920. Although the transistor has been king for more than 40 years, there are still many tube radios around. Most of them get thrown away, as MP3 and FM radio have ruled our headphones for a couple of decades. There are several reasons for someone to bring his or her old tube radio to us –
- It has personal sentimental value, as a memory or a reminder of people past.
- The owner enjoys the warm and soothing sound of tubes and low bandwidth.
- The owner visually fancies the looks of a gorgeous wooden or Bakelite box.
- There is a lot to hear, especially on the shortwave bands. International broadcasters are still very active, despite cutbacks in the sector. Local mediumwave stations often offer good programming with a strong signal.
- There is an easy and simple way to enjoy music on your tube receiver – use a low power AM transmitter and play your favorite tracks for you and the ones you love.
- There are many interesting non-broadcast stations out there – amateur radio, utility, weather service, time, military and more.
Our team restores, rebuilds, cleans, fixes electrically and mechanically, alignes and works on wooden and bakellite boxes. We will also provide consulting and documentation on proper usage, antennas and safety, as well as warranty service.
Images 1-7 : Full rebuild to factory schematic, box rework and alignment of our Orion420A. This is our family’s main tube radio now.
Images 8-17 : Recap, box rework and alignment of a Hristo Botev P-III-56-1 receiver. The customer took pride in doing the box rework himself.
Images 18-20 Recap, cleaning, added “ground” thru 10nF X-cap (transformerless power supply), alignment of a Komsomolec super. This great receiver I gave my wife as a gift. She said, that when she thinks of radios, this cute look comes to her mind first. The glass dial has some damage on the black paint mask, but she preferred it to be left as it is. We love the incredible sensitivity and selectivity on the SW band.
Images 21-24 Recap, cleaning, alignment, box rework, grille fabric replacement of a Punane RET VV-662 receiver. This radio came to us in a sad shape. The lacquer was a mess, there was a ton of dirt inside, there were multiple electrical faults. It took a week for the receiver internals and almost a month for the box, but the radio is back to life and looking great. We’ve been listening to it in the shack for almost a week now and it performs flawlessly on all bands.