Radio Daze offers quality radio repair services on all styles of U.S. manufactured vacuum tube radios. Repairs are performed by an highly-trained technician many years experience in repair and restoration of vacuum tube equipment. Sophisticated test gear and an extensive library of radio service data are employed in the repair process. Although our primary focus is on functional restorations of your radio’s electronics, professional cabinet repair and refinishing can be arranged. Also we can arrange speaker reconing and grill cloth replacement. We do ask then when a repair is sent in or dropped off that a deposit of 25% is given that will be applied to the final bill upon completion.
Your vacuum tube radio is somewhere in the range of forty to eighty years old. Exact, original replacement parts are rare or simply no longer available in many cases. Although strictly authentic repair and restoration can be accomplished, it typically involved an expense level of interest to only the most dedicated antique radio collector or person interested in refurbishing that family heirloom.
Radio Daze typically provides “practical” repair services. When original replacement parts are not available or prohibitively expensive, we substitute quality, functionally equivalent parts. Whenever possible we attempt to maintain the original appearance of the radio when it is fully assembled, with part substitutions typically accomplished under the radio chassis.
Recommended Versus Basic Repair
Many of the parts in your radio do not deteriorate with age and should last for decades to come. However, some parts do deteriorate and offer a much higher possibility of failure. Examples include several types of capacitors and some insulation materials. A “basic” repair would involve replacement of only those components necessary to restore the radio’s functionality. A “recommended” repair extends basic repair by also replacing those parts which may have deteriorated to some degree. Because a recommended repair approach maximizes your long term satisfaction with the repair investment being made, Radio Daze will only perform recommended repairs.
Caution: Don’t Plug It In!!
If you have a vacuum tube radio that hasn’t been used for several years or more, please note that there are several good reasons not to plug it in and “check it out”. Most classic radios are not fused and therefore do not protect the radio from abnormal operating conditions. The parts in your radio that may have deteriorated can heavily stress or ruin other good parts. If this happens, your radio may become unrepairable. Also from a personal safety perspective, the insulation on your radio power cord may be questionable and offer both a shock and a fire hazard.
Best Bet: Let Radio Daze professionally check out your radio.
The first step in the repair process is the development of a written repair estimate in the Radio Daze repair department. Radio Daze will examine the condition (including under chassis inspection), test all tubes and estimate the recommended repair cost of any model radio for FREE. If Radio Daze is authorized to proceed with the repair while the radio is still in the department for the estimate, the estimate charge remains free, should it be taken after estimate and brought back there will be a estimate charge of $40.00.
All Radio Daze repair estimates are strictly considered not-to-exceed estimates. You must approve in advance any unforeseen costs (additional parts) that might arise.
The total cost for the repair of your radio will consist of a labor charge and a parts charge. In order to offer you some predictability to the labor charge, Radio Daze uses a fixed labor charge of twenty-one dollars ($21.00) per tube times the number of tubes in your radio’s design. If your radio includes a record player that you would like repaired, there is an additional $40.00 labor charge. Under certain circumstances we may need to send to a phonograph repair specialist, which may require additional labor costs. The parts charge will vary based upon the specific condition and model of your radio. Because specific part requirements cannot be fully determined until the actual radio repair is undertaken, there is the possibility that additional parts will be required beyond those outlined in the original estimate.
Radio Daze warrants the labor and installed parts of a recommended repair for a period of two years on new componentry and six months on original NOS parts, after the radio is returned to you. If your radio develops a problem during the warranty period, Radio Daze will repair the radio at no charge other then for required parts that were not included in the original repair.
Pick-Up & Delivery
Radio Daze will provide free pick-up and return delivery of your radio, at our schedule convenience, within a twenty-five mile radius of Mendon, New York. Outside of this area transportation is the responsibility of the customer. If this is a problem for you, let us know and we will work with you, maybe a potential of a small additional charge ($30.00).
Payment for repair services will require a 25% deposit and the remaining balance is due in full service completion and presentation of invoice.
Why not bring new life back to your classic radio? Although technology has advanced a great deal since your radio was manufactured, it is hard to beat its quality and charm. Give us a call..TODAY!!