If you are an antique radio aficionado, you know that by and large anything prior to World War II is a most desirable era. Since machines predating the early 1920s are exceedingly rare to find, this generally speaking permits for a window ranging from 1906 to 1939, and for those loving the transistors from 1960 to 1965.
Of course, hand in hand with collecting antique radios is the repair of these fascinating machines and to preserve the integrity of the design and the authenticity of the appearance, true enthusiasts will search high and low for antique radio parts to use in those repairs.
Anyone getting ready to ferret out deals on antique radio parts will do well to read the fine print and ensure that the models are compatible, but also to learn up front if they are dealing with reproduction parts or actual parts. Reproduction parts will work better and look nicer, but they will often diminish the value of the radio!
Check out the Antique Electronic Supply and their set of radio parts & restoration accessories; it is there that you will find hard to locate decals and knobs. Since some of the items are aftermarket or imitations, you will find very cheap prices right next to the real thing which, of course, is higher priced.
Since many a hardcore restorer is not interested in clever frills and just wants it straight, there is no better site for the antique radio parts hunter in need of electron and vacuum tubes than Electron Tube Enterprises. With a huge inventory of new and also used tubes – ballast tubes and relay tubes! – you know that the odds are great that that elusive tube you have been hunting will be found here. If against the odds you cannot find a tube you need there, then the Vacuum Tube Valley is the address you want to look up!
Those residing in Victor, New York, know that Radio Daze, LLC at 7620 Omnitech is a great place to browse. This is an amazing locale to not only check on the technical components but also to get some help with the cabinet restoration to make the outside of the radio look great. A large assortment of reproduction items, such as Philco and Zenith parts, await the browsers, and also the very hard to find glass dial scales.
For the prolific collector who might have bits and pieces laying around and who also might be in need of bits and pieces currently missing and not easily found on the average Sunday morning foray into the flea markets around town, there is the online Radio Swap Meet. Dealers, hobbyists, collectors, first timers, restorers alike all converge here and not only discuss schematics and original parts, but also buy, sell and trade their wares.
This is the perfect site to either start your search or end it, especially after searching everywhere else! Yes, you do need to be a member to enjoy the many benefits of this antique radio parts site, but since the membership is free and the benefits are enormous, why not go ahead and sign up? The odds are good that you will find that odd piece of machinery you have been looking for.