Tag: vintage electronics

’49 Sparton “Mirror-Lid” TV Resto

Prompted by one of my earlier posts “Sparton Mirror-Lid TV” a customer out of Grass Valley called and said that he’d found a similar model at a local thrift store… with all the knobs, everything in tact. How cool! So today he brought the set in for restoration. He had already started on the cabinet,

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Austrian 1957 Hornyphon TV Restoration

You might never see one of these again. A customer brought in this 1957 Hornyphon TV for a complete electronic rebuild. We will be going through and replacing every capacitor, resistor, diode, and any necessary tubes in this TV. Hornyphon (or, Horny for short) was the Austrian division of Philips. The set adheres to the

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Zenith Porthole Update #2

Just posting a quick update on the status of Rich from New Zealand’s Zenith Porthole restoration. Power supply block has been cleaned up and rebuilt. All capacitors replaced, both of the corroded high wattage sand covered resistors in the audio section and one small charred 1/2 watt resistor. The main chassis is undergoing complete rebuild.

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Rare Automatic TV-707 Rescue!

Sorry I’ve been away- this time of year is always jam packed with jobs needing to get done before Christmas. The good news is, after December 25th I should have a great deal of time to get back on some of the in-depth and long-term restorations. You might remember the estate of a TV collector

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1958 Olympic TV/Hi-Fi Combo Color Retrofit

The time has come: the ’58 Olympic B&W to color conversion is complete. This is a custom unit that we’ve restored and retrofitted for Mel and Shane O’Brien over at Hepcat Restorations. Do check out their blog- they’re doing some really incredible restoration work and have one of the finest collections of 50s modern furniture

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The Predicta from Heck, Pt. 2

Following up from the earlier post, covering initial inspection and dismantling of this set. Before and after: The cabinet has just returned from Lance at Nook and Cranny Refinishing… and what a beautiful job! The cabinet has been restored using real veneer on the top and sides, as well as burlwood veneer on the front,

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Zenith Porthole “The Aldrich” pt.2

Following up on the progress on the 1951 Zenith Porthole sent in by Rich in New Zealand, check out the arrival and unpackaging if you haven’t already! Part 1 Had a chance to pull the chassis and have a look today. Everything’s very clean and complete, and we had already determined last time that the

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