|THE UK’s LEADING VINTAGE RADIO REPAIR AND RESTORATION CENTRE
LOUD SPEAKER GRILLE CLOTH
VINTAGE VALVE RADIO LOUDSPEAKER GRILLE CLOTH REPLACEMENT
It's not unusual for vintage valve radios to have worn, faded or damaged speaker grille cloths. The tattered or torn cloth can ruin the look of what would otherwise be a beautiful old radio. But replacing the cloth shouldn't be attempted as a DIY project. Fitting a new cloth is not only time consuming but a skilled job. The radio will have to be dismantled, the chassis removed along with the loudspeaker and baffle board and possibly the dial glass. Obviously, the best time to have the cloth replaced is when you're having the radio serviced as this will cut the cost down. However, even if the radio is working well and doesn't require servicing, it needn't cost you a fortune to have the grill cloth replaced.
The photos below show a new piece of cloth being fitted to a baffle board. The secret is to get the cloth as tight as a drum, which not only requires the correct adhesive but a degree of skill. The example below is pretty straight forward. However, some baffle boards have curves and holes for control shafts and dials and are far from easy.
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An estimate to repair or restore your radio will not include the cost of repairing or restoring the cabinet or replacing the speaker grille cloth - unless otherwise stated. During a radio repair or restoration, I will give the cabinet a quick clean and polish as part of the service procedure. However, full cabinet restoration, including speaker cloth replacement, is a separate issue.
I supply and fit new speaker grille cloth - I do not sell it.