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Old 03-19-2014, 09:40 PM
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i know this is not metal, but with the recent shoulder surgery, this is all I can handle for now. This is a 1933 Stewart Warner Aristocrat R-1235a radio that I refinished the wood case. Radio works great. Stripped the finish and used a Early American stain and top coated with polyurethane. Did the detail with flat black using a small artists brush. Thought maybe some would enjoy the pics.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:55 PM
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Thats a nice radio, has it always been in the family?
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:23 PM
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Thanks, Chris. Did you have to rechrome the grille?
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Thanks, I like old radios. very nice restoration.
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Nice job.

My uncle ran a mom & pop repair shop. Radio and TV repair, when I was around 12 he gave me a radio to fix for fun, with SAMS photofacts. Took a year, but it was my first repair job. Good memories!
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My grandmother had a radio that looked somewhat like that. I don't have a clue as to the maker, but your restoration looks great!
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Grandma had a radio like that. When Jack Benny was on we'd all sit around and watch the radio.
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What is the tube lineup? I suspect the rectifier is a type 80 but the rest would
be wild guesses. There were quite a few different depending on whether there
was an RF amplifier or not.
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Thats a nice radio, has it always been in the family?
It was a radio I bought at auction last year.

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Thanks, Chris. Did you have to rechrome the grille?
I just polished it on my buffer using a cotton wheel with some polishing compound.

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What is the tube lineup? I suspect the rectifier is a type 80 but the rest would
be wild guesses. There were quite a few different depending on whether there
was an RF amplifier or not.
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All my radios are checked out by my friend Martin. He has around 150 radios in his house. He could answer your questions about tubes, but not me. I do remember him saying it is a RF radio.

Thanks everyone for you kind words. I have about 12 more to restore out in the wood shop. Some floor models and some table top models. I try to get 3-4 done a year. Kinda like job security.

Started working on a RCA farm radio (battery operated) today. Got the case stripped. A couple of hours sanding tomorrow. Martin is building me a power supply so it can be run on 120V.
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Man that radio looks good! I bet it sounds great too! You really can't beat the sound from tube radios and amplifiers. The highest end amps on the market currently are tubed.
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