I thought some of you might like to to see what an expert vintage speaker repair person called expert repair, see photo below, I've seen many like this and this is just one of the reasons why I replace ALL the internal parts for my restorations, sometimes that means making a custom cone, like the one pictured to the right in my repair. Note:on the expert repaired speaker(below) there is a 10 inch generic cone glued to a 12 inch cloth surround that is then cut to fit the basket. To make up the space between the cone they added a whizzer cone from a dual cone speaker.On top of that the person glued the OLD voice coil with some of the old cone still attached.(how creative!) to say the least it did not perform at all.The side photo shows my restoration.....>>>
PHILCO 11 inch field coil speaker
PHILCO BAD ATTEMPT
Nick UPS finally delivered the speaker at 6:15. Got it connected to the radio. It looks great and sounds fine. Thanks for the excellent work Kelton (Philco 11 inch field coil speaker September 2017)
Zenith 12 inch Field Coil Speaker
Hi Nick. I got the speaker into the circuit today and it sounds great! Thanks so much for sticking with this project. I’m glad that UPS finally found the speaker and delivered it into your good hands.
--Norman (Zenith 12 inch Field Coil Speaker August 2017)
Man, you otta here this old Epiphone with this speaker.
Thanks much Nick……now I want to find out what this may be worth.
This old amp was a rats nest when it was given to me…I have it working
and sounding so damned goood. This old Epi is a Class A amp with 2 6V6’s,
1-6SJ7-low level amp, a #37 driver and a # 80 rectifier….here a couple of pics..
Thanks again Nick!
Ron (EPI Rola 12 inch July 2017)
Hi Nick, It was nice to talk with you on the phone yesterday. Today I mailed my 4 inch speaker for my 1961 Zenith Transoceanic 1000 (1961) for repair/recone. The speaker arrived yesterday. It looks and works great. Thanks Again! -Diane(Zenith 4 inch speaker June 2017)
Thanks again for all the work you did on the speaker. It was much appreciated!
I tested the speaker values before and after my attachment of the amplifier cord and everything checks out. My friend in Canada is looking forward to it with anxious anticipation.
The speaker is going into a 1935 Mills Dancemaster jukebox. It was able to play a whopping 12 records, just one side but you got to pick which record to play. Because these jukeboxes were so ugly, the restaurant owners would put them near the bar behind a plant. They were just bar room music machines primarily.
It originally used an Operadio/Dukane 12" speaker. I suspect these were 2500 ohms like the one I sent you. My friend had to use a Wurlitzer amp in his Dancemaster because the original was missing, hence the difficulty of getting 3200 ohms on a 12 inch speaker. They apparently just did not do that in the day so it had to be made - thanks to you!
That poor Magnavox with its amped up field coil will probably put a hole right through the speaker grill if he turns up the bass! We will have to rename it the "Mills Deathmaster". Speakers as a sonic weapon.... who knew?? Ahhhh, now I get it! You have been secretly building weapons of mass destruction right there in Georgia disguised as speakers! :)
Don't worry, your secret is safe with me!
Happy Father's Day if you are a dad and if not, be thankful because they are a LOT of work!!
All the best,
Stuart (custom Magnavox 12 inch June 2017)
Just received the reconed F-4 speaker....absolutely beautiful and plays super! I could not be more impressed...pretty good for an old fella!! Thank you so much...you are truly a craftsman! Regards, Phil p.s. Your packing equally impressive! (Atwater Kent F-4 May 2017)
Nick : just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for your terrific service and reasonable price restoring my Allison CD - 7 woofers.
After purchasing the Allison set in the 80s and enjoying them for years, work and family demands took over. After moving from Texas to NC, the speakers sat for over 10 years, unused. Finally having time to unbox them, I was shocked to see such deterioration.I really thought I was going to have to throw these away and spend a lot of money on new home speakers. You saved me - and refurbished the pair within a week! And you were patient to answer all of my questions.
Again, thank you for the terrific job. Of course these are not the best speakers on the market, but were highly respected in the 80s and I can now enjoy them for many more years!
Charlotte NC. (Allisons 8 inch Jan. 2017)
Allison CD7 woofer
Hi Nick, just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did replacing the caps on my Focals.
They look great, and sound as good as ever.
I really appreciate your workmanship and care.
All the best,
Mark. Prescott,AZ.(Jan. 2017 Focal woofers)
Just wanted to let you know that the speaker is back where it belongs and it sounds terrific. I'm blown away at how quickly this all went down, less than 30 days from my initial email and my old amp is rocking again.
Stan (1959 Jensen 8 inch Dec.2016)
Nick, receive the speaker and reinstalled. Works great !
I can’t thank you enough.
Have a great weekend.
Tom (Sony SSU4000 woofer Nov.2016)
Nick....Nice work sir!
I got my speaker back this evening and I just wanted to say thank you for doing such an awesome job on restoring the speaker.
Have a great week.
Best regards,Chuck (6.5inch Rola Nov.2016)
Please accept my apology for the delay in providing you a response on the cone repair of my Hallicrafters PM-23. You did a fabulous job and it sounds absolutely beautiful!
Thanks again,Stevo. (10 inch Hallicrafters, Oct.2016)
The speaker arrived this afternoon in good shape and it looks “GREAT!” Thanks for everything. Great work at a good price. Hard to find that these days. I’ll look back at the internet site where I found you and write you up with one hell of a good review.
Dan (Seeburg 15 inch may 2016)
Nick, here's a short sound clip of that 1930's 8" you did for me a couple weeks ago, still dialing in the caps resistors trying to lessen the hum at idle.
Oahu 1930s Amp 1
Later man and Thanks,
Mark D. (April 2016)
Philco Model 20
Nick, You probably don't recognize my name, but a few months back I sent you a Philco speaker model K-2 that I had you recone and replace the shims on the end of the field coil. I just wanted to let you know that I have the radio complete and listen to it daily. You did a really great job on the recone and the shims. When I first received the speaker back, I was wondering why the cone had a cloth surround, but since I have it installed in the cabinet and attached to the chassis, I completely understand. The volume and tone quality is great. In fact I can turn the volume full on and the speaker does not vibrate,. naturally no one uses a radio at full volume, I was just interested to see if the speaker would distort or bottom out and it doesn't. I guarantee that if I was younger and still restoring radios for people and needed to have a new cone put in any speaker, I would always send them to you. Your work is superb. Many thanks for your great work and attention to detail. You did the job in record time too. The last speaker that needed a new cone, I took it to a local shop. The speaker was a 10" PM and it took them a little over a month to complete and their price was out of line. They didn't use any type of surround material and yes, the original didn't have any, but all the speakers of that time I had seen reconed did use a surround. Their recone would bottom out and volume distort. Thank you Nick, for a really great job well done. Sincerely, Michael F. (February 2016) Philco Model K2
Both packages arrived safe and sound. Both speakers look great, looking forward to putting them into action. Very nice job.
Until next project,
Thank you, Bob (GE 6.5 and Zenith 12 Feb.2016)
Received the (2) NHT woofers. Look and sound great! Thanks Michael (October 2015)
Nick the speakers are fantastic, you did a great job. At this time i am running them on a kr 4600 and they run pretty well, Still looking for more vintage power to wake them the rest of the way up. But for now they sound fantastic. I have a pair of JBL L50 I may have restored.Look forward to doing business with you in the future.And thank you again Phillip (AR3a Sept 2015)
Reconed AR3A woofers
I am sorry, I did not send you a message..
I got the subwoofer back on Monday this week.. did not open the box until wednesday when I had enough time at night to put the sub back together again.. The sub looked both impressive and almost like new again..
I am happy to respond that the Sub lives again..
It's Alive!… It's Alive!!…
So, Thank you!… Thank you!… Thank you!!!...
Luis (Electro Voice 30W August 2015)
Thanks for holding the speaker, arrived on Tuesday. Installed and works great. Included pics of the finished '52 Gibsonette. Thanks Again,
Marty (August 2015)
American Bosch Speaker
Nick: I just received the speaker today.It looks great. Thanks. Now I just need to get the chassis fixed.
Thanks again,John. (American Bosch 11 inch custom cone Field coil Speaker, Rewind Field Coil,, Recone Rewire and Test.(July 2015)
All's good. Gave it a dozen good whacks,(speaker arrived home with a bent speaker basket) buzz is gone. I and my Silvertone is back in action, thank you! Ted. (June 2015)
Good Morning Nick, just wanted to let you know I received the speaker Friday and it definitely exceeds my expectations in maintaining its originality. Thank you very much for the fine craftsmanship. I will be one of your repeat customers in the future, Mike. (Stromberg Carlson 8 inch, May 2015).
The speaker arrived last Wed. Finally got it back in the enclosure on Sun. Sounds great! Thanks for answering all the questions I had and getting the speaker done so quick.
Sid (Panasonic 6.5 April 2015)
I received the rebuilt Sparton 557 speaker today. You did a great job! It looks and works well.
Atwater Kent F4 speaker assembly
Greetings Nick - I finished putting my Atwater Kent F-4 speaker back together early this morning and thought you might like to see it. The green on the front metal grid is not the original color, but that's what I wanted. Now if I can just get the radio restored! It will take a long while because there is a lot of work to do. Thanks you so much for your excellent work on the speaker! Best, Dave H.
Just an FYI...your service is excellent....the speaker worked flawlessly. Attached is a couple photos of completed radio restoration. David B.
1930s Grunow Floor Radio
Antique Silvertone Speaker The speaker arrived today and worked perfectly! Thanks, Nick! Darrell C.
Scott Philharmonic Speaker Thanks again for the good work, I referred you to a couple of other collectors that asked me who did the work when they saw the pics...thanks again, Bill A.
Received the Atlantis speaker you repaired, it looks great and even sounds better. Thanks for the great job. Roger
Nick, Just to let you know that the speaker arrived safe and sound here on Tuesday. Today I installed it into the radio thinking what if I turn it on and it would play the old hits from the late forties and fifties Guess what, I tuned it to a local station, it was in the middle of a commercial, the next song it played was "Little Darling" by the Diamonds from the fifties, the next song was "American Pie" by Don Mc Lean. How is that, for the first time in nearly fifty years, that radio sat idle on the shelf. It picked up where it left off. Thanks, Royal
The speakers look absolutely fantastic Nick! I'm super pleased and will recommend you to anyone else. Scott
ATWATER KENT MODEL E2
Just wanted to follow up with you on the speaker work you did for me. The Type E that I sent you came back better than I could have ever hoped. The speaker had been in tatters for 30 years when my nephew (3 years old at the time) put his hand through the cone. My Dad became physically ill that day, as this Atwater Kent had been his pride and joy. My mother and I started conspiring this year to get it fixed for him for a Christmas present. I found your website and saw the pictures of the speakers you have worked on in the past. Seeing these, knew I could trust this resurrection project to you. The prompt turn-around was great and when he opened it on Christmas day, He was truly astonished and pleased. It sits in a place of prominence in their house, an example of old-world craftsmanship and beauty once again.
Hi Nick, I received the speakers back today and have them up and
running. They sound great, better than ever. I am very pleased with the
quality of work and turn around time. Also, I appreciate the packing
for the return trip that you provided. Please use me as a reference for
others any time, cause I can recommend you very highly. Please know that
if I need this type of work done again in the future, I am calling you!
THANKS. Best regards Kurt
Atwater Kent Woodtone cone
Good afternoon, Nick.
I just wanted to let you know the speaker arrived in great condition and I got it all back together without any problems. I couldn’t be happier with the results. The woodtone cone is a big improvement over the plain black one. Thank you for suggesting that and thank you for the care and attention to detail you put into your work. I will certainly recommend you.
Hi Nick ,
My "thank-you" is way over due , the 2- Zenith 12A58 speakers, that you repaired are JUST PREFECT , both sounds and appearence ! After installing an MP3 / stereo jack on a remote cord, not to drill holes in the chassis , I listened to truely great music today ,coming from my CD player, through your "handy work" ! I though you would like to see the email I sent Paul , currently making plans to pick up his radio !
Thanks for the "heads-up" , I listened to your "lady sing", all day today, with the tuner input on AM ( yes the SW works, as well ), and a CD input into the stereo jack, " THAT LADY JUST ROARS " ! I have to send a big "thanks-you" in Nick's direction ( from the Speaker Shop ) , he truely does, GREAT WORK ! Lee, Joliet,IL.
You will be the only vender, for my speaker repair needs in the future Lee , Joliet IL.
Hi Nick: Just a quick note to let you know the speaker arrived at it not only looks great but works just as good as it looks. Thanks again. Armand
Hey Jason, wanted to touch base with ya. All hooked up & set up. . . . watched a little bit of a movie but WOW way better than my Onkyo. All of us are going to watch a flick tonite. later dude & thanks to all of you there for the help so we can own the finer things in life later rick
To the folks at The Speaker Shop,
As always....Thank you! Your the greatest!
Best to you,
Scotty, Chad and the gang Scott's Radio & TV / For Your Listening Pleasure
Just want to let you know how pleased I am with your recent repair of my woofer.
Sounds GREAT. And I'm sure I'll be calling on you again.
Nick and Jason Dorazio;
I just wanted to take the time to express a sincere thank you for your patience, expert guidance, and quality installation on our new Home Theatre.
As you will recall this has been a dream of mine for many years. A step above was what I was looking for, and it is everything I had dreamed it would be. . . .
. . . As you well know I have traveled all over North America, have seen countless concerts and live performances , as well as the latest and greatest films. The only thing I can say is now I can enjoy them in the comfort of my home.
Again, Thank you for all of your help for the jaw-dropping setup that I now have.
Just wanted to let you know that the 'Cube is great! Thanks for the wonderful customer service provided by you and your family. . . . I've been telling everyone that asks me where to buy speakers to come to your store, I know I'll never deal anywhere else again! Once again thanks for the wonderful service that you and your family provided, you have a customer for life now!
Thanks for all your help and your quick responses to my emails! I was impressed with your company when we first bought the system a number of years ago, and I continue to be impressed!
“All of the people here are informative and as pleasant as can be. The price on the speakers I purchased from them was outstanding, I really held my breath until I received them, that’s how good the price was. I have been buying and selling stereo equipment for 30 years and I have never been more impressed, from the people to the price and quality. I would recommend this company to all, they impressed me not just price but delivered to my front door in 3 days. I will be looking for any products I buy from this company first. Thank you very much for the price, quality and the free stands. Best company I have dealt with since I started buying online … ”.
-William, Nathalie, VA
Everything works wonderfully together. I can't believe how easy it is to set up the remote. Thanks for everything; and, be assured that I'll be back for any future needs.
Hi Nick, Just wanted to say thanks... The speaker looks original and sounds perfect! Catch you on the next one... Dan
Thanks for the follow up. Everything seems to be working fine and it sounds great. I appreciate you following up with me and I'll definitely keep you in mind for future purchases. Thanks again.
Nick, got the re-creator today. beautiful. any of my radio friends that don't know about your shop will if they ask me. thank you nick for bringing the rola back to life. long after i'm gone someone will still enjoy it. after all that's what preservation is all about is'nt it nick. THANK YOU NICK, YOURS, GREG HILT.
Hi Nick.. The Stratosphere speaker arrived back home safe and sound.. and quite beautiful!.. I hope it was not too much of a problem.. I will take some pictures and put it up on my web site (www.oldradios.com/strat) as an "After" photo, and provide a link to your web site. Thank you!..
Received the two JBL woofers. They were in good shape. I have installed and played them. They sound great.
Thanks much, William
Hi Nick, You are not going to believe this but I just got around to putting in the speaker you did for
me three years ago!!! It works beautiful...Thank you again...how is the new location working
out? Were you able to keep all your customers...and get new ones? Hope that life is good
Doug (Delco 4x10 2014)
CTS 8 inch speakers
I got the speakers Friday evening, just got a chance to install them tonight. Sound is great! I guess we'll never really know what was going on before but they're great now! I am so grateful and enjoying my 50 year old GE record player.
Grant (CTS 8 inch speakers for GE record player August 2017)
Good afternoon Nick,
Just installed the speaker and it sounds great. Thanks for the quick turnaround and quality work!
Matt(Chrysler 6.5 subwoofer 2001 Dodge Viper August 2017)
Nick, field coil was delivered on Monday. Already installed in the speaker and sounds really good. Thanks again for your excellent work, I like the Fada logo on coil! Harry.(Rewind Fada 5000ohm Field Coil August 2017)
Fada 5000 ohm Field Coil
Delco 4x6 speakers
Nick they sound perfect I can't thank you enough, I will pass your name on, Gary (Delco 4x6 Speakers June 2017)
The speaker arrived today...wow!
Impressive restoration - and you even saved the "surround", I have to say I am amazed.
Next step is to mount the output transformer & terminal strips, wire up the magnet and primary & fabricate a new speaker cable (I am using original color teflon-cotton-covered wire. It will look like an 80 year old speaker and work like new.
thanks for the nice work, I will remember you on my next project.
--dave (Simplex 12 inch field coil speaker June 2017)
Click on the link below to hear my repaired speaker playing a partial MP3 song on my 1931 radio. Great restoration job!
Thanks,Dana(General Motors Radio Corp 10 inch speaker May 2017)
Nick, I received the speaker back today. Great job, as usual. Your work is consistently great, not just good. Thanks for your great work. I am planning on moving back to Iowa, to be closer to relatives, now that I am at the age I am and hope to be able to locate and restore more radios then. So you will be the only person I trust for speaker repairs. At the local collectors club, at one of the meets, one of the guys showed how he repairs old speakers. He actually cuts the rotted material completely away from around the outside. then he lifts the cardboard ring that holds the come in place. next he cuts some strips of brown grocery bag paper and glues them to the cone. Then he works his way around gluing the other end to the speaker frame and finally gluing the cardboard ring back in place. He doesn't even have a complete cone. He said all that matters is that nothing rubs and the cone can move up and down freely! He claims to have repaired many speakers that way, however said it is best used on 8" and up sizes. What a joke for a professional repair, especially when you are getting paid to do a decent job. Both of these guys claim to be professionals and make money restoring and repairing radios. If they worked in my shop they would be fired the very first time they tried those tricks. I am sure you have seen your share of ruined speakers, ruined by so called repair persons. Neither of the guys I have used for speaker repair, in the past, can hold a candle to the quality of your work. Thanks again Nick. Michael (Philco Model 20 May 2017)
Hi Nick. The speakers arrived yesterday. Installed them today and they sound fantastic.
You have restored my faith in superior service and craftsmanship. Thank You. Bill (VMPS 12 inch woofers April 2017)
Jensen P8R speakers
Hello Nick, The speakers made the trip back but the box was really beat up. However the speakers were fine. I am very impressed with the work performed, they are as new and it is hard to tell that they have new cones. Really nice job and they sound great. The Jensen's were part of a shipboard install for the Navy. They are at the top of the rack on the attached picture. Other gear in the rack is a Collins 51J-4. a Collins 51S-1 with speaker and a Heathkit HW-101 that I built in the early 1970's. The 51J-4 was a military signal corp receiver and the 51S-1 was a coast guard/customs/DEA radio. All have been restored to new. The 51J-4 is 1950's and the 51S-1 is 1970's. The other picture has my main vintage operating station with a Collins 32V-2 transmitter, Collins 75A-3 receiver and military ME-165 Dummy load/SWR/Watt meter on the wall above. This gear is from the late 1940's or very early 1950's and provide worldwide communication via morse code and US communication via AM phone. I just recently got it all restored and back together as a station - it was off the air for over 30 years! All of this gear was made in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Thanks for a quality job. You never know what you get on the internet. Take care, Glenn (Jensen P8R's and Collins 10 inch April 2017)
Nick: The speaker arrived in great shape and yes, it is functioning great. Now if I can make an antennae that will pick up local stations - we live in a pretty rural area. Thanks for your great work - it's great to hear that good bass sound. Bob. (Atwater Kent , April 2017)
Thanks again - sure, you can use my "testimonial". The speaker certainly has the look and (I'm sure) the sound of the original. What a professional job to restore the speaker. Have a great weekend - Bob.
Thanks Nick for the great job you did on my Cessna speaker!! Joe. (March 2017, Cessna 6x9)
Recieved the 128h today. Attached is a photo of the fully repaired speaker. Sounds great. You did a wonderful job.
Thanks again for your help.
Steve (JBL 128H March 2017)
Good afternoon Nick, thank you for restoration services of the Zenith speaker. I have my radio working once again and I am very happy to have the centerpiece of my collection functioning.
Thank you again,
Thomas (Zenith 5 inch Jan.2017)
Nick, now that I've been enjoying the resurrected stereo for a few weeks I just wanted to thank you and let you know they sound great.You really put the "hi-fi" back into that stereo.
Enjoy the holidays and thanks again. Joe
(1964 Magnavox console(2) 12 inch CTS and(4)6.5 inch CTS mid-high speakers Dec. 2016)
The speaker arrived today. Thank you for the excellent work and the fast turn-around. The before and after pictures on this speaker are just amazing! You did a great job.
Thanks again and best wishes for the Holidays!
Sincerely,Chris (Wurlitzer Model 1250 15 inch Dec.2016)
Wurlitzer 15 inch Field Coil Speaker
The tweeters arrived today and I have installed them in my Wurlitzer 3000. They sound great!
Thank you very much for the repair, Steve (Wurlitzer 3000 Tweeters Dec 2016).
Got the speaker today and popped it in. Everything is fine. I think I told you how much I like this system. Sound is even fuller now. Thank you again for helping me out. Will recommend you to any of my friends if they need your services. Best, Kevin (Rola 4.5 Oct. 2016)
Received the speaker and installed it in the old radio and it works great and looks great. Thanks for the nice job.
Hope all is well after the hurricane.
Al(8 inch Silvertone field coil speaker Oct.2016)
The Rola sounds beautiful Nick, Thank You. Great job. I have a greenback out of a Leslie that needs help too. Maybe next month, Neal. Rola 12 inch (August ,2016)
Thanks for doing a great job on my speaker!
Couldn't be better.
You STILL GOT IT, MAN!!
D.C. July 2016 (EV SRO original)
Dynaudio 6.5 inch woofer
Good Morning Nick,
Reinstalled the Dynaudio woofer in the Passat on Sunday. Was not as easy as I hoped it would be, but the result is fantastic. Car sounds absolutely amazing now. Bass response is very clean and powerful. Actually have to turn the bass level down now. Thanks very much for everything.
6.5 inch Dynaudio woofer (April 2016)
I got home from Denver this afternoon and the first thing I did was install my woofers.
I forgot how good my stereo sounds. You did a great job.
(EV Sentry III March 2016)
Sentry III woofers
The speaker is installed an working great!
Thanks so much for your wonderful service.
Atwater Kent E2 grill assembly
Atwater Kent E2 speaker
Nick, Got back my 2 mid-ranges and one woofer for my AR12's. They sound as good as ever ! Its good to know these speakers can now live on and its nice to know that if they need more maintenance in the future, I have a go to professional like you. Thanks !! Elliot C.
Hi Nick,here is a pic of the 1936 Rickenbacher (note the correct early spelling) "lunch pail amp" with the original 10" Rola speaker that you reconed back when you were in Ohio. Since the repair I have been playing this for years with It's matching Rickenbacher Electro Spanish guitar.
Thanks again, Marty.
Western Electric 560AW
1920's Herald Cone speaker
Well, you have out done yourself!
Right now I am listening to the Zenith 5-S-228 with the speaker. It sounds far better then most radios I have restored. It has a 6F6 audio output tube, not push pull, just a single 6F6 and I believe your speaker is reproducing every ounce of the tone quality it has - perfectly.
I have my iPhone plugged into the phono jack on the radio and it is playing Glenn Miller - Danny Boy. My goodness it sounds good.
I have decided to sell this one to fund some of my other Radio habits. :):) I will mention The Speaker Shop's work when I list the item.
I have attached some pictures.
I wish you could hear it. Wow!!
Thank You for everything!!
Incredible! Looks brand new and sounds GREAT. The "golden throat" sound of RCA Victor is reborn.
Thanks for the great work.
This email is for "John" in Sales, NHT :
Approximately 4 weeks ago, I called your business, trying to find a replacement driver for my NHT 1.1 center channel speaker. You did not have them for sale, but you suggested that repair of the speaker could be done at The Speaker Shop in Ohio. I corresponded with "Nick" at that business, and eventually sent my driver. It was repaired, and I replaced the speaker in my Audio/Visual system, and am very heppy with the repair and the continued use of my NHT speaker. Thank you for your reference It was a good one..
Francis Scottsville, VA
Hello Nick at the Speakershop. I got the Jensen back and hooked it up - it sounds great! Thanks a ton. Happy Holidays- Philip L.
Drivers were received and they look factory perfect.
Nice Job and on time too.
You will be getting more orders.
".....Here's a 1948 McKinney amp made by Valco in Chicago. This is the
same as a Supro Supreme of the same era with the single volume control
and 6J7 input tube. Other tubes are 6SC7, (2) 6V6GT, and 5Y3.
Speaker is the 10" field-coil Rola (pro-reconed by Nick at the Speaker Shop).
Demo is done with a parts Stratocaster with Don Mare pickups, then a Les Paul with P90 pickups.
Amp was set to about 80% volume.
The rear of the amp is shown at the end of the video..."
I hope all is well with you. I thought you, and Nick, might want to know what came of the speaker you repaired for me back in May. Well, the radio is a 1934 RCA ACR-136 receiver. I have been working on the old radio for 6months in my spare time and it is now complete. Here is what I've done:
1. I redrew the complete dial by hand in Microsoft Paint as a .jpg image. I logged the time and it took me 19 hours to complete. It looks identical to the old one.
2. All tubes were tested and 3 weak ones replaced with vintage originals. All tube sockets were tediously cleaned and checked for good continuity.
3. All suspect resistors and capacitors were replaced.
4. All tube plate caps have been replaced with new ceramic types and rewiring done as necessary. I bought 4 different colors of 18 AWG cloth wire on eBay to do the rewiring.
5. All tube shields have been taken down with steel wool and repainted in chrome finish paint.
6. Original RCA internal chassis labels were taped off and protected as shown in photos.
7. Rear serial number plate and front panel control plates were brushed and polished.
8. The power cord was replaced with a NOS cloth-covered replacement from the 30's obtained on eBay.
9. All RF and IF cans were removed, polished and replaced. New rubber grommets were replaced for all wirefeed-throughs.
10. With chassis stripped of all main components, unit was sprayed down (top and bottom) with component cleaner/lubricant, allowed to drip for 2 days and then dry out for 3 weeks. All necessary chassis components were lubricated as needed.
11. With chassis complete a full electrical test and alignment was done.
12. Chassis was then hand painted with silver paint. All screw heads and miscellaneous components also painted black or silver as required.
13. Dial mechanism and Vernier were completely disassembled, cleaned, rebuilt with a replacement main gear and lubricated to return the main and secondary pointers back to smooth working operation. Pointers were re-painted black. Light bulb sockets were cleaned and polished. Dial housing was also painted silver. Dial scalewas printed on vellum and affixed with the original standoffs and some white glue to hold it in place.
14. Speaker was sent to you for a complete professional rebuild of the voice coil and cone back to original. It works beautifully.
15. Front panel standby switch was replaced with a vintage 30s unit.
16. New vintage-look knobs were added.
17. The cabinet and front panel were completely stripped and repainted with the correct black wrinkle finish.
18. The entire unit was re-assembled and tested ok on all bands and all functions.
Thank you again for the great work on the speaker. It is by far, the pride and joy of my entire radio collection.I've got well over 100 hours of work and $300 of parts/material into it. For a 74 year old radio; it looks pretty new.
Best regards, Lou
Just wanted to let you know I got the speaker yesterday and have installed it. It looks and sounds great! Thanks again!
Hi Jason, My speaker arrived today..I can not thank you and Nick,enough.The fabric used as part of the restoration, is perfect...In my opinion,it has the appearance of a material that is of the same era as the speaker,and radio,itself.Its' slight iridescence,gives the entire speaker a very refined, and visually balanced look. Nick did such a wonderful job, please thank him for me. As this radio and speaker is on display in my living room, how it appears, is important to me.
Once again, thank you for everything..
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