■ PHOTO 6. Wooden cabinet stripped,
sanded, and ready for staining.
was greater than the asbestos danger.
After all, the pad is there for a reason.
you leave it alone. It’s only hazardous
when it is disturbed and becomes
The pad is entirely underneath the
chassis so it won’t be disturbed until
the radio is serviced again in the distant future. I could have sealed the pad
with lacquer, but felt the fire danger
Locating antique radios is getting
harder every year. You used to be able
to pick them up at yard sales, flee
markets, and auction sales. When I
was a child, my father would purchase
tube radios for me to tinker with at the
Salvation Army. These supplies have
all but dried up.
Today, online auctions are a great
place to purchase a radio. In fact, it
appears that eBay sets the market
prices. The only problem with eBay is
the freight charges you must pay to have
your radio delivered. Another place to
purchase radios is at swap meets hosted
by your local radio club. Chances are
there is a radio club in your nearby community. This is also a great place to learn
more about radios and meet people
who share a common interest. Antique
stores occasionally have radios for sale.
If you are new to radio restoration,
try to purchase radios from the late
‘30s to early ‘50s. Radios earlier than
this are hard to repair as the individual
component’s construction was different than we are used to. Capacitors
were often potted affairs with multiple
hard-to-identify wires. The radios from
the ‘20s were almost exclusively bat-tery-powered. You can’t purchase 45
and 90 volt batteries anymore ... in the
early ‘60s, radios started to use printed
circuit cards and circuit modules. These
do not lend themselves to restoration.
This completes the restoration of
the Philco PT- 44. This radio has an
elegant look and a nice sound. I
hope it survives another 65 years!
Perhaps one of my sons or future
grandchildren will appreciate it. Just
remember to listen to my warning and
be careful with any radio you restore!
P.S. Happy centennial to the
vacuum tube. One hundred years ago
this November, Lee de Forest invented
the triode. NV