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philharmionic bezel spring

Started this discussion. Last reply by David C. Poland Jan 11. 2 Replies

The dial bezel on my philly had tarnished to a dull brown, and the glass locking spring had rusted in position, this proved quite difficult to remove, after working at the old spring with a pick I…Continue

philharmonic coil drawing

Started this discussion. Last reply by mike hadley Nov 8, 2018. 2 Replies

I was looking through the data I have for the Philharmonic, and I found this drawing,I'm not sure if anybody already has this so I am posting as it is of some use,Mike.…Continue

6g5

Started this discussion. Last reply by mike hadley Oct 30, 2018. 6 Replies

The Philharmonic has two eye tubes, the expander has a 6e5, and the tuning uses a 6g5,as the 6g5's are getting harder to find and there is an abundance of 6e5 tubes, both from Russia and Japan,this…Continue

Dial lamp covers

Started this discussion. Last reply by mike hadley Oct 8, 2018. 4 Replies

Some of the lamp covers were missing from my Philharmonic, so I thought that I would share my method of making a similar part,in the photo below, from left to right we have,the metal blank, the die,…Continue

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Laser engraved dial

"Thomas; The base material is unfortunately acrylic, the artwork is a reconstruction from my old dial an scan from a more complete one, I have yet to try making one from glass."
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Laser engraved dial

" Beautiful. What did you use for the base, and was the source a photo copy of the original?"
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"The dial on the right was laser engraved by me at home"
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"Fran; Excellent, now for many happy hours of well earned listening, Mike"
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David C. Poland replied to mike hadley's discussion philharmionic bezel spring
"Mike - Nice solution to use guitar string.  If you can bend the guitar string about 1/4 th inch from one end, it can serve as a tab to grab in the event you need to remove the spring. * The piano wire ideas was from a local grandfather clock…"
Jan 11
Scott Seickel replied to mike hadley's discussion philharmionic bezel spring
"Very resourceful Mike, as usual.  The original spring was bronze.  I have a set that someone previously used silicone to hold the glass in.   When I get around to restoring it, I will get some of those acoustic strings. "
Jan 11
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philharmionic bezel wire

The dial bezel on my philly had tarnished to a dull brown, and the glass locking spring had rusted in position, this proved quite difficult to remove, after working at the old spring with a pick I managed to get the spring and dial glass out, unfortunately the spring did not come out in one piece,the spring as removedthe spring was very rusty,…See More
Jan 11
mike hadley replied to Scott Seickel's discussion Philharmonic Green Dial Back
"Here is the green dial wet sanded with 1200 paper, with the green gel and new dial, The lighting gel is quite thin, only 0.13mm When the whole assembly is on the radio it looks like the photo below, The 6e5 tubes are brand new Tokyo ones from…"
Jan 10
mike hadley replied to Scott Seickel's discussion Philharmonic Green Dial Back
"Scott, This is exactly what I have done with my backing, the sanding sure does stink,  I then used green lighting gel, primary green is the one to go for, you shouldn't need any glue as the dial assembly will hold everything together, the…"
Jan 10
mike hadley replied to Scott Seickel's discussion Philharmonic Green Dial Back
"when applying vinyl to a hard surface such as the old dial back, try using water with a small amount of detergent, one or two drops in a pint will do, apply this to the surface, this will allow you to 'float' the vinyl on to the surface,…"
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