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maybe. I'm guessing San Francisco and Denver will be facing it off in the Super Bowl. I predict Denver will take it all. Why? Because I know someone who's a Broncos fan and he said so. Why is this on Russ' Old Radio Repair website? 'Cause you're reading it. ;) Might as well look at the radios while you're here.
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An extraordinary work of artistry...
needless to say, this outstanding work of art didn't resemble its current state when we stumbled upon it. Although I've witnessed many miraculous renovations since Russ began restoring old radios, his ability still continues to amaze me. Just about the time I've decided which vintage piece I like the best, he'll bring another old beauty back to life, making her even more beautiful. If perfection is restoring an antique to its original condition, I believe he has surpassed perfection. Russ' eye for detail and nuance--along with the hours of time he invests... Oh heck, why go on? His work speaks for itself- appropriate for a radio.
(Sorry, but I loved that.)
This Sparton is an example of the beauty of old radios-- outstanding design, quality materials, and masterful workmanship. These factors blended together- created magnificence works of art.
During the period that this radio was manufactured, the Sparks Withington Co. (Sparton), was involved in a patent dispute with RCA over the manufacture of vacuum tubes. The tubes for this radio are similar to those found in most other radios of the time, however few tubes were interchangeable.
A short time later the dispute was resolved. Sparks Withington began using the more conventional line of tubes patented by RCA. The original Sparton tubes manufactured at this time are becoming scarce.
Till next time...
One of the questions I am frequently asked is, "What does a gassy tube look like?"
Above is a good example. This is a gassy 224 tube under test. It has failed due to gas leaks.
Paper foil capacitors fail when the waxed paper between the foil
elements breaks down allowing DC voltage to “leak” between the foil
These are a couple of possible failures, although other things may also go wrong. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. I'd be interested to hear from you.
Till next time....
Russ Webb & Fuzzy
Minion, Radio fixer