Special circumstances may cause higher-than-average
Restoration cost for certain makes and/or models. Overall condition of certain
sets may also be a factor in creating special circumstances. In such cases,
however, the Estimate will always be higher than that of an average
Restoration case, regardless of whether the final cost also exceeds that of a
Restoration of a more routine nature. Our extensive experience allows those
cases where special circumstances may apply to be identified easily by our
Technical team. Such determinations are typically made during the Estimate phase
of the Restoration process or even at the time of pre-Registration in cases
involving certain makes & models having a history of above average Restoration
Special circumstances may arise due to the ultra-compact
design of certain makes & models. Failure of the manufacturer to provide
adequate service access for components other than tubes is quite common in
ultra-compact designs, overall poor workmanship at the time of original
manufacture, previous repairs performed by inexperienced personnel or to
inadequate standards of quality, shipping damage, previous fire, flood or rodent damage, or other causes of poor
pre-service condition of a particular set which significantly increases
difficulty of providing Restoration meeting our standards of quality by any
means other than devoting significantly more bench service hours to the job than
a routine Restoration project would require.
Examples of Special Circumstances
PREDICTA ERA PHILCO: When Philco
introduced the Predicta line as well as their other late 50's product line,
for some reason, they decided that there was no need to have access to the
underside of the printed circuit boards. To properly restore a
Predicta*, it is necessary to remove the boards for recapping. We have
also had problems with couplates (component combinations). These will
need to be remanufactured with fresh stock. Due to these factors, it
is necessary to estimate more man hours for restoration. For more
information on Predicta era Philco, please
*This applies not only to the Predicta line,
but also the Miss America and Transitone series.
GE LOCOMOTIVE AND SIMILAR SETS.
The chassis design is cramped and very difficult to work on. The
chassis is deep, and many components may require additional disassembly of
the chassis. These are "hot chassis" sets with a B-. We have
workarounds for difficult to replace components. We will need to
estimate more time on these. The bakelite "locomotive" sets and their
wooden counterparts (like a 14T2) fit here.
RCA 8" PERSONAL PORTABLES. These
sets are very cramped. RCA had two versions of the chassis.
Unfortunately, SAMS only published one folder, and later a production change
bulletin. We cannot use a standard test CRT to debug due to the lower
voltages. Previous repairs can make restoration more difficult.
We need to determine which chassis version was used, and if previous repairs
will be a factor in ease or difficulty of restoration.
Any set where the "made in" label does
not read "Made in USA." This is regardless of the brand name on the
set. An example would be a set branded "Sears", but actually made by
Sanyo. In some cases, the actual manufacturer will be listed.
Many American manufacturers outsourced production of some sets to Japanese
manufacturers. A set with a single board and compactrons will be much
easier to restore than a wraparound chassis. In some circumstances,
the wiring is very disorganized and very difficult to trace.
Insulation materials have a tendency to have a lower melting point than
their American counterparts, making soldering very difficult to accomplish
without damaging the insulation. In some cases, they used oddball
tubes that have no American equivalent. We will gladly evaluate a set
in this case, but we will need to estimate man hours on a case by case
Sets where rubber covered wiring was
used. Rubber insulation was notorious for drying out and flaking off.
We can either replace the wiring, or clean off the rubber and resleeve the
existing wiring. This is a time consuming process whether we resleeve
or replace wiring. Failure to correct this problem will result in an
unsafe set. Pre WWII radios were notorious for this. It also
carried over into post war television. This is not limited to one or
two makes. If we find rubber wiring, we will estimate for resleeving,
since it less per foot than rewiring.
Sets damaged in transit. We have
recieved sets that had been damaged before we got to see them. In one
case, the picture tube imploded in transit. This is why we require
insurance on any set being shipped coming or going. If your set was
damaged in transit, we will do everything we can to repair any
pre-restoration shipping damage repaired and billed to the shipper.
Proper packaging is a must. We will gladly advise you on packing your
set for restoration.