|This is the radio cabinet. They sure did nice wood working
in the old days. Just try and buy a cabinet like this today; you
cannot. Every inch of this cabinet is covered in rich wood veneers
which catch the light and glow.
My first task was to remove all of the old tube electronics, the old electromagnet speaker, turn table, power amplifier and power supply. In total I removed about 80 pounds of electronics.
I then removed the original front control panel from the old chassis. Besides the cabinet, the front panel is the only other part of the radio I retained for reuse.
|Next, I cut some 1/2" MDF to act as a chassis for mounting
the new electronic components. I glued the radio's front panel onto the
MDF (shown here facing away). I installed pots in place of the original
front panel controls so the knobs on the front could still be
turned even though they don't do anything anymore. I replaced the
original power toggle switch with a new one because the old one was
The cross at the rear supports three LEDs. Two white LEDs for illuminating the dial and one color changing LED for the tuning eye. The wireless router is in the upper left. The USB hub, USB sound adaper and flash drive are shown on the lower left. The power supplies for the router and power amplifier are in the upper right. The stereo 20 watt Class D power amp is in the lower right.
|Here is another view from the rear.
|Here is a view of the front after reassembly. Even the front
panel is made out of beautiful wood burl.
|Another view of the old at the front and the new at the rear.
|Another view of the cabinet. Isn't it amazingly beautiful?
It looks like tiger eye stone in the sun light.
I replaced the grill cloth during the renovation because it had 50+ years of cigarette smoke on it and also because I replaced the original single round speaker with a pair of NHT stereo speakers. To do this I had to change the circular hole in the grill cloth support to a rectangular one so as not to block sound from the new speakers.
The sound fidelity is definitely better than the first Internet Radio I built. This is a result of more amplifier power and much better speakers.
|A close up of the cabinet showing the amazing veneers
used in the cabinet's construction.
|Can you tell I just love this thing.
|A closeup looking down on the new contents of the cabinet.
|Here is a view of the finished Internet Radio/Music Player.
As noted, the knobs don't do anything now. The toggle switch in the
upper left does control the power and a multi-color LED changes color
where the tuning eye tube once was. There are also a couple of white
LEDs behind the dial which light up when the power is on.
I hope my Dad would have liked what I did to his radio. Since this is a family heirloom I will be passing it down someday as well. I just have to find a niece or nephew who would like to have it. In the mean time, it will grace my living room as a beautiful and useful appliance of the Internet age.