The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
Hi, I've been collecting old radios since the early 90's. I built a discontinued on clearance HH Scott LT110B that I received as a Christmas gift when I was about 13 and still have so I've had the disease for a long time and two storage places full of junk to prove I am a legitimate hoarder.
A few weeks ago I acquired an AW15 Waverly cabinet that I've been working on. Yesterday I purchased an AW15 w/amp and Jensen speaker to complete the package from a local collector. In looking over the schematics and reviewing posts I understand there were several versions of the AW15. Mine has the Wunderlich tube and two red antenna posts so I believe it is an early version. In the instruction manual I notice the far right control is marked "Static", but my cabinet escutcheon is marked "Sensitivity 1-5". The right shaft on the chassis is a 5 position switch. Is my "Sensitivity" escutcheon correct?
My unit looks untouched and complete except for missing ALL of the knobs and the wave change switch lever. I suspect the switch lever will be a hard item to locate. Are reproductions available? I've looked around at the regular sources and come up empty. After looking at pictures online I believe I could probably machine a new lever from three pieces of stock press fit together. I have a miniature Sherline mill. That would probably take me a day or more to complete at my speed so finding an original or cast reproduction would save me a lot of trouble.
I'm sure I'll have more questions as I go, but right now I'm just trying to understand what I bought.
Mike & Kent, Thank you very much. I sent a pm Kent. Great pictures Mike and great work on plating the escutcheons.
I think we have discussed your AW15 Waverly cabinet over on the Antique Radio Forum recently. If this is the same Matt, you did a great job on replacing that grille cloth. Great to hear you found all electrical components. I recently performed an electrical restoration on a early version AW15 with a labeled "Static" control. If you need any reference photo's or would like to read through several issues I tackled, check out my profile, pictures, and topic regarding this previous restoration. The next AW15 restoration I will be posting has a 5 step sensitivity control. This AW15 is an early version with factory upgrades. The AW15 went through many electrical changes during production. Great find! Now you have a complete AW15 unit.