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What that means..
Old radios can be dangerous!
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS!!!!
The Current Waiting List
As many past customers will know, DAB HAND RADIO operates on a ‘hobby business’ basis. If you are looking for speedy repairs I’m afraid you’ll have to look elsewhere. A combination of ill health and grandchildren (childcare!) has conspired to limit my Workshop days considerably (down to 3 now). To be honest
I’m currently clearing my backlog in strict order (SEE BELOW) which replaces my old build schedule. Those of you who have been waiting such a long time, I hope will understand, setting dates and time scales just doesn’t work for me! As many Generals have said any Plan for Battle goes out of the window as soon as the first shot is fired….
Priority now has to be given to customers waiting a considerable time.
I DO NOT repair FM/VHF valve radios (too young!) radiograms (too large to get into the workshop or tolift & transport!) record players (too mechanical!) tape decks (same as record players!) transistor radios (horrible things!) car radios (I know a man who can...Ring me!) or DAB radios (feeble silicon chips!).. I tremble too at any Philips radio as they were a nightmare!
In fact I ONLY work on valve radios pre-1955’ish!
Best wishes and I look forward to hearing from you!
Major Project Build List 2018…
This list is subject to alteration, change, panic, heartache and sleepless nights due to guilt and the fact that time seems to spin faster in Romiley than anywhere else in the world. I think its about April but I’m staggered that its October already….
1. Rincan Table Radio Mr W.
2. HMV Mr G. M. (Boston)
3. Mullard Radio Conversion Mr W (Dublin)
4. Philips table Radio Conversion Mrs W. (Chasetown)
5. PYE MPU 45 Restoration Mr C. Cowx
6. Ekco 44 Mr Dixon
If by some chance your name/details are not on the list above please contact me asap. I may have lost your Order!
This arrangement firms things up and helps me plan. For every ten enquiries usually only one becomes a firm order without the commitment of a deposit. I have over 2600+ followers on Facebook and an average of 50+ hits per day on my website. The demand is HUGE!
I could put my prices up but that seems unfair to many and I don’t run Dab Hand Radio for the money but the fun!
I hope the above isn’t confusing so to reiterate…
Basically an ‘expression of interest’ won’t be a FIRM order unless a DEPOSIT is paid and that decision is yours, the customer, and it may mean the job might not be completed up to 18 months after that initial payment.. Hence please consider the above carefully and by paying a deposit you agree to wait your turn?
These are unaffected and will continue to be squeezed in to the background to the above projects. I have two workbenches in use and only one is under the web cam.
CHECKOUT BOX…. PLEASE PAY HERE!
A mix of sound from ham radio, whatever old film or TV I’m watching and even the radio being worked on!
NB Some old films have dubious language! I apologise in advance if any profanity is heard!
ALL RADIOS FULLY RESTORED WITH 12 MONTHS GUARANTEE!!
What this means…
All wax coupling and decoupling capacitors replaced.
All resistors checked for signs of burning or deterioration and replaced if needed.
Only Class X or Class Y high voltage capacitors used.
Electrolytic capacitors replaced where necessary.
Loudspeaker checked for cone damage and sound quality and replaced if needed..
All tuning gang mounts and rubber grommets replaced if needed.
All weak or perished wiring replaced
Valves tested and replaced as required.
Dial lamps replaced with modern + new transformer for added brightness. (FITTED AS STANDARD NOT AN OPTIONAL EXTRA!)
Dial drive cord replaced if worn.
All switches, potentiometers and valve bases cleaned and lubricated, dial drive pulleys, tuning capacitor bearings, all oiled.
Full oscillator, RF & IF alignment done.
New mains lead, plug and 3amp fuse fitted.
Soak tested before sent to customer.
PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 10 working days for delivery.
Radios FOR SALE!
I may occasionally have one or two on my
Ebay site…Ask for details.
BUSH DAC90A (Original, LW/MW Fully Restored) £175 plus £30 shipping
DAB/FM Version £285 plus shipping *
DAB/FM/Internet version £355 plus shipping *
* Built to Order, allow 3 weeks delivery
ADDITIONAL JOBS CURRENTLY ON THE BENCH!
Look out for these under the web cam! In addition to the big conversion Projects I’m also building simple BUSH DAC90 conversions and repairs/servicing other customers radios!
BUSH DAC10 DAB/FM Available NOW! £265 + Shipping (£30)
DAB/FM/INTERNET RADIO Version £355
SERVICING… STILL AVAILABLE!!
NB THE radio must be working for a Service! If its not working its a REPAIR!
My STANDARD SERVICE includes: Safety check, wax capacitors replaced and all minor repairs carried out. Valves tested and replaced* New mains cord and appropriate fuse fitted.
£85 plus shipping (or drop off at the workshop for free) * Valves replaced at extra charge if required.
FREE ESTIMATES ON ALL REPAIRS! Fair rates and often cheaper than a new radio! Let’s keep valve radios going!
I offer full restoration, safety checks, servicing and repairs to valve radios Pre-1955. I can also convert your old valve radio to receive DAB,FM and Internet radio broadcasts… RING ME!
The 12 month guarantee on a 70 year old radio shows how confident I am that you will be very happy with your purchase. Beware of untested, not safety checked and allegedly restored radios found on auction sites at inflated prices. Most are a serious fire risk! All my radios are thoroughly tested, all old waxy capacitors removed and replaced with modern high voltage types, all valves tested and replaced if needed. The radio is aligned and the case polished to a high standard with all scratches and marks removed as far as possible. The usually dim dial lights are up rated via a small transformer to give a wonderful ‘classic radio' glow at no extra cost. ( This modification is safe and can be removed if the customer would like total originality)... The radio has a new appropriately fused mains lead fitted.
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Some of my past work! I’m not quick so the waiting list can be well over 12 months but the quality is total! RING ME or EMAIL for a chat!
To access the LIVE web cam CLICK HERE!!
The audio you will hear is a mixture of 1940’s Vintage Radio, local amateur radio broadcasts and whatever I’m watching on TV! Sometimes there will also be live air traffic control from across the world.
Normal Service is RESUMED!!
Dab Hand Radio is open again as from March 5th 2019
Hours of Business are not regular due to childcare and domestic commitments but please email or telephone (answermachine)
NB. I do not repair DAB radios, record players, car radios or radiograms, or anything post 1950. This is a VINTAGE VALVE RADIO restoration/repair service with a minimum waiting time of some months I’m afraid before I can help! Don’t let that put you off as I’m always happy to talk and give advice..
Best wishes Dave
My wonderful two grandsons helping out!
I was …. Mr September in
The Dull Men’s Calendar in 2017!!
Visitors since September 25th 2018…..
Valve Radio Repair.. Fixing your radio!
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