Antique and vintage radio restoration is important to us at Mumford Restoration. In today’s world of instant gratification and excess, if someone’s radio breaks they throw it out and just purchase another one. To us the radios we fix are like fine works of art. Radios of the past are too valuable to be junked or to just sit and collect dust – they are to be treasured pieces that link us to the past and to rekindled the memories of times gone by when life was simpler.
For the average laymen, trying to repair a radio made decades ago can be quite challenging. Components were not well standardized in years past. Every manufacturer seemed to have their own concept of how radios were built. On top of that the sheer number of models available was staggering. What makes many of these radios so valuable today is that many of the vintage and novelty radios were only on the market for a few years. As a result, it makes it very complicated for someone without the appropriate skills to perform an antique radio restoration correctly.
But not to worry… that’s when you call us at Mumford Restoration. From the earliest crystal radio sets to vintage transistor radios to one of the most sophisticated and high valued tube powered radios ever made (the Zenith Stratosphere 1000 Z) we have the expertise to perform the in-depth research to source parts and perform the physical repairs and restoration necessary to restore your radio to its original state. We even repair record players/ victrolas, 8-track players and cassette players!
Two quick tips about vintage radios:
#1 The reason your antique radio does not play well
It may be that your radio has never been recapped and therefore has bad capacitors. To begin repair we suggest first replacing the old paper/wax and electrolytic capacitors. These components were not designed to have a long life.
# 2 Be careful. You could get shocked.
Old radios have very high voltage potential. In fact many vintage radios actually tie the hot end of the line directly to their metal chassis.
If you have one of these wonderful old pieces of history we hope you will entrust it to us. Antique radio restoration and repair is one of our specialties.
We repair and restore all brands of antique radios including:
We pick-up and deliver in many areas of North Carolina. If you live outside of our area, you can ship your radio to us for repair and we will ship it back to you.