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This is purely my opinion... A trend has developed over the years where the very mention of the words 'vintage radio' equate to 'lots of money'. Valve radios are old, some are antique, some of the parts aren't easy to obtain, and it will take a qualified radio engineer experienced in the repair and restoration of vintage radios to do the job properly. I don't think anyone would argue with that. But, does that mean that you will have to pay exorbitant prices to have your radio repaired?
Your local radio and TV shop no longer repair valve equipment, which is fair enough as they are busy with plasma screen televisions. So, you turn to some old guy (like me) who was brought up with valves and has repaired more vintage radios over the last forty years than he cares to remember. But let's be sensible and keep things in perspective. You shouldn't have to take out a second mortgage to pay for the repair.
KEEPING PRICES DOWN
I work from home, which has several advantages. Firstly, 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. Secondly, even out of office hours, I'm here to answer the phone and reply to emails. But the biggest advantage of working from home is that 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 insurance and... and that someone is the customer. My business strategy is simple - I can keep my prices low because my overheads are low.
I SPECIALISE IN THE REPAIR AND RESTORATION OF VINTAGE RADIOS
If you have an old valve radio in need of repair, I will gladly take a look at it. Obviously, I can't give you an estimate until I've checked it over and discovered exactly what the problem is. However, I won't charge you for estimating a price to repair your radio. Do bear in mind that an estimate means exactly what it says. I can only give you a rough guide as to the total repair cost because, once the radio is working, I might discover that it needs a little more work to bring it back to its former glory.
So, dig out that old wireless from the attic and I'll check it over for you. Even if your old bakelite or wood cabinet radio works, bring it to me and I'll give it a FREE safety check. Enjoying the warm sound of your fifties valve radio won't cost you as much as you'd thought and, once again, it will give you many hours of enjoyment. I am City and Guilds qualified in radio and TV servicing and have spent several decades in the trade, so you can be assured that your radio will be in good hands.
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How long will it take me to repair your vintage radio? That all depends on how busy I am at the time, and how long it takes to get hold of a valve or other part that I may not have in stock. I have thousands of spares in stock, including thousands of valves, but I don't have every part for every make and model of vintage radio. When I've repaired a radio I like to give it a soak test, which means leaving it on all day every day for up to a week. The reason is that a radio of sixty or more years old, which might not have been used for many years, may develop other faults. So, be prepared to leave your radio with me for a couple of weeks, or longer.
I DO NOT 'FARM OUT' WORK
I am becoming increasingly busy, but I do all the work myself. I do NOT farm out work. In other words, I do not give radios to other engineers to do the work for me. If you bring your radio to me for repair or restoration, then I can assure you that I will be the only person to touch it. I pride myself in my work and I can assure you that I will be doing the work.
I'm in Worthing, on the Sussex coast - see the map below. The first thing to do is email or phone me and we'll take it from there. My phone number is 01903 610090 Alternatively, you can come and visit me. Give me a call first just to make sure that I'm in the workshop.
ONCE YOUR RADIO IS IN THE WORKSHOP
Once your radio is in the workshop, I will get it onto the bench as soon as I can. The first thing I will do is locate the faults and give you an estimate of the cost to do the work. If you accept the estimate, the radio will then join the queue of repairs to be done. See HERE.
I accept payments by PayPal, cash, bank transfer, personal cheque or postal order. Payment must be made in cash if you are collecting a restored or repaired radio in person. Payment can be made via PayPal, bank transfer, personal cheque or Postal Order, prior to your collecting or my posting your radio back to you. I can now email you an invoice for your repair as PayPal now accept credit card payments, even if you don't have an account with them.
PROGRESS REPORT ON YOUR REPAIR
For up to date information on the progress of your radio repair, you can check online by clicking HERE. This will save you the trouble of emailing or phoning me to find out how the repair is going. As far as I am aware, this service is unique to The Radio Workshop.
YOU CAN CHECK THE PROGRESS OF YOUR RADIO REPAIR HERE
HOW DO YOU GET YOUR RADIO TO ME?
It's best to bring your treasured radio to me. However, you can post it if you live too far away. But do be sure to pack it properly as antiques don't always travel too well by post. Click HERE for posting details.
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