A family member is downsizing and has given me this old radio/turntable. It’s in great shape! Mostly. The amp needs a new tube.
Does anyone have any blog posts/videos on fixing these up? Ideally I would replace the amp with something solid state and put this thing on wifi as an AirPlay receiver. Any recommendations are appropriated 🥰
@ashfurrow Would be a tragedy to convert it to solid state. Speaker isn't appropriate anyway. (low quality sound compared to today.)
However, in light of what you are asking, look up David Tipton on YouTube. "Dave's Radio Adventures" He's an Aussie repairing tube radios. I think you will find that often its far more than just a tube, often resistors and caps are far out of spec in a unit that old.
@gedvondur thanks for the info – I'm just exploring options for now. Definitely don't want to do anything destructive.
@ashfurrow well, not for converting, but at least repair.
@ashfurrow If you decide not to gut it, make sure to replace those capacitors. The wax ones turn into resistors and the electrolytics make lots of magic smoke. As for a complete replacement of the internals, my first thought would be to hack something together by writing up the controls of an off the shelf amp to the existing knobs and then plugging whatever other inputs you want into that. You will probably want to find some older hardware so that there are no soft touch controls
@ashfurrow if you're still in contact with Andrew Somerville, he's been making his own solid-state amps. You may not want to use him as a subcontractor, but he may have some resources.
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