4 - Can it be fixed?

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I have an old radio, hi-fi component, TV, electric instrument, or electronic test set, and I want to know if it can be fixed?

Yes, most likely it can be made to play again. Perhaps you have a family hierloom or a neat flea market find that would make a dandy conversation piece in your home. It is fun to have them working again. Warning, if it has not yet been restored, do not plug it inFollow the link to the left as to why that is not safe nor advisable.

Understand that restoring old electronics is custom work and may cost more than the set itself is worth, especially if the cabinet requires work as well as the electronics. We collector hobbyists do this for fun and rarely worry about that fact. But it may be an issue for you if you are paying for it.

There are professionals who hire out for such work. Check out the Services Offered section of our links page for some we know of. Some do both electronics and cabinet refinishing. If they are not local you will likely need to ship your set to them.

If you feel you have the skills to do part or all of the restoration yourself, check our Useful Links page for help with sources of parts and getting started. If you find out you really enjoy it, you should consider joining MAARC! You can also contact the MAARC members listed in the second question above for advice.

I should give a nod here to the historic purists. A growing subset of collectors feels that if you encounter an old radio or electronic device that is fully original, in other words, never had repair work done or parts replaced, it should be left as is to preserve the historic record. Such sets may not play again but can still make a fine display piece, which is usually what old radios and other sets are most of the time anyway. Pre-WWII era sets like this are not so common anymore, but if your set is one of these you might want to take it into consideration. The National Capital Radio & Television Museum has a radio restoration shop and repairs radios for Museum members.