FAQ

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO REPAIR MY RADIO?

That depends on the type of radio you have and what you want me to do with it. Do you just want me to get it going or would you like a full service? Read on…

I NEED TO KNOW ROUGHLY HOW MUCH THE REPAIR WILL COST BEFORE YOU GO AHEAD

I will check your radio over, find the faults, and give you an estimate for the worked needed. There is no charge for this and you are under no obligation. If you don’t want the work done, simply collect your radio and pay nothing. If you posted your radio to me, you will need to pay for the cost of return postage. PLEASE NOTE… I never include the cost of post and packing when giving an estimate. Return post and packing has nothing to do with the estimate. This is costed separately.

I’VE LOOKED AT PRICES ON OTHER WEB SITES – WHY ARE YOU SO CHEAP?

I charge what I believe to be a fair price for repairing radios. But there’s another good reason why my prices aren’t high. I work from home, which has several advantages. I’m in my fully-equipped workshop most of the time, so you can bring your radio to me at a time which suits you. Also, I’m here most of the time to answer the phone and reply to emails. But the biggest advantage of working from home is I don’t have to pay rent and rates on a shop. It’s all very well to have a shop, but someone has to pay the rent and rates – and that someone is the customer. I can keep my prices low because my overheads are low.

WHAT DOES A FULL SERVICE INCLUDE?

Check my detailed service procedure. Please be aware that an estimate to repair or restore your radio will not include the cost of repairing or restoring the cabinet. During a radio repair or restoration, I will give the cabinet a quick clean and polish as part of the service procedure. However, I no longer fully restore cabinets. Speaker cloth replacement is also a separate issue.

I DON’T WANT MY RADIO SERVICED, CAN YOU JUST GET IT GOING?

In some cases, I can replace a faulty valve or other component without servicing your radio. This might be enough to get the radio going again, however, it might develop other faults later on if it hasn’t been fully serviced. The best thing to do is let me check the radio, discover exactly what condition it’s in, and we’ll go from there.

DO YOU GUARANTEE YOUR RADIO REPAIRS?

Yes, all my repair work is guaranteed for one year. However, the guarantee is not transferable. This means that, if you sell the radio, the guarantee becomes null and void.

ARE THERE ANY ITEMS THAT YOU DON’T REPAIR?

I have created a list of equipment that I do not repair.

HOW DO I GET MY RADIO TO YOU?

I suggest you bring your treasured radio to me in person. However, you can post it to me. You might want to check  my postage information.

DO I NEED TO CONTACT YOU TO SEE HOW MY RADIO REPAIR IS PROGRESSING?

There’s no need to contact me to see how your radio repair is progressing. All you need to do is check my repair progress page.

HOW DO I PAY YOU?

I accept payment via PayPal – you can use a credit card with PayPal, even if you don’t have an account with them. It’s fast and secure, and it’s become the most effective method of payment on the internet. Alternatively, you can pay by postal order or bank transfer. If collecting your radio in person, payment must be made and funds cleared prior to collection. Alternatively, you can pay by cash on collection.

CAN YOU RESTORE THE WOODEN CABINET?

Sorry, but I no longer restore cabinets as I’m too busy with radio work.

CAN YOU REPLACE THE SPEAKER GRILLE CLOTH?

Yes, I can replace your worn speaker cloth.

WHAT SORT OF AERIAL WILL I NEED FOR MY RADIO?

Many early radios have a built in aerial. If not, a length of wire around twenty feet long will give you reasonable results. For good medium and short wave reception, you will need a decent aerial.

HOW MUCH IS MY RADIO WORTH?

Valuing a radio is not easy but here are some notes.

I WANT TO SELL MY RADIO, ARE YOU INTERESTED?

No, I don’t buy radios. Having said that, I sometimes buy scrap radios for spares.

THE DIAL LIGHT ON MY RADIO IS VERY DIM, CAN IT BE MADE BRIGHTER?

Yes, I have a brighter dial light modification which I can fit to many radios.

DO YOU SUPPLY SPARES?

All the spares I have are for customers’ repairs, however, from time to time I do sell a few surplus bits and pieces.

DO YOU REPAIR AND RESTORE VINTAGE TELEVISIONS?

No, I specialize in vintage valve radios. I’ve created a list of equipment that I don’t repair.

DO YOU REPAIR TRANSISTOR RADIOS?

No, I don’t repair any transistorised equipment. I’ve created a list of equipment that I don’t repair.