The Fine Things are Always Hand Made
My cousin from Arizona arrived yesterday at my place in Columbia, MO with a Scott Allwave 15 for me to restore. Doing some preliminary reading, I see in the alignment instructions that there is a special IF can cover that must be installed do do alignment. I don't have this, but I suspect I could fabricate something if I knew what it looks like. Does anyone have one they could maybe provide me a photo and some measurements?
I have also read several posts here regarding the rotary band select mechanism, and some fairly hairy horror stories. I would appreciate any advice anyone can give to keep me from falling into this pit.
Lastly, I have to replace some veneer on the front. To my eye, it looks to be walnut. Can anyone verify that?
I have already been warned that this will be a very challenging restoration, with a lot of hard lessons to be learned. I'm hoping you guys can ease the pain a little. This belongs to a very dear cousin, and I want to send him back a nice, properly performing radio.
Any help greatly appreciated
Michael - which cabinet do you have.
Scott cabinets were furniture quality, sold separately at additional cost and were exclusive for Scott radios. probably by the Rockford Peerless Furniture Co., Rockford IL. Prices ranged from about $20 to well over $100, depending. Post a photo and we can tell you and also the likely veneer(s).
I have repros of the bandswitch knobs available - PM me for info.
Michael J Boessen said:
I'm stripping the cabinet right now and noticed something. There are no screw holes in the cabinet where the receiver and power chassis sit. On the cabinet framework where the receiver sits there are 5 smallish dimples, maybe 1/4" dia and 1/8" deep. I've gathered from the instructions that Scott shipped the radio in pieces and it had to be assembled when received. Were there some sort of rubber feet that screwed to the bottom of the 2 chassis' and they just sat in the cabinet? There aren't even dimples where the power chassis sits.
On another subject, my bandswitch knob was toast. These appear to be pretty much unobtainium. I have heard numbers like $300, for gosh sake. I got my friend John Gollar to send me the knob from his set. (Bless his heart, this was very kind of him.) Yesterday afternoon I took it over to a neighbor kid, who dabbles in the blacksmithing hobby. I made a dummy shaft with the correct flat on it. We sand casted 3 copies using an alloy of copper and aluminum, one of which is useless as I failed to get the dummy shaft correctly oriented. On the next 2, I got it fairly close, probably will still be off a little. After I finish stripping the cabinet, I'm going to machine off the casting lines on one of them, Then I'll install it and twist it through the ranges and make sure it is strong enough. If it passes that test, I'll drill it, sandblast it with sand then walnut shell and see what it looks like. Next I will need to see if I can antique the brass to look original. Otherwise, might have to resort to paint. While I have John's knob, we could make more of them. If any of you know of someone who needs one, we can dicker on a price depending how good the results are.
I didn't even notice that the amp has no method for mounting. Hmm. I'll let Frank know that. It makes me a bit nervous, if someone were to try to move it to vacuum, or rearrange furniture, etc, not knowing the amp was not screwed down, it could be a problem. I don't want to drill holes in the nice, chrome chassis, but maybe I can find a way to attach brackets to existing screws. I'll look at it with an eye toward that.
Thanks for the knowledge!
Wish I had known that before I started on this casting project with the neighbor kid. We're going to have another go at it this morning. If we don't succeed, I'll get back to you. Can you give me some idea how much they cost?
Sorry. I glossed over the PM part. I'll figure out how to do that and get back to you if we fail at our attempt this morning.
To secure the amp, consider some 1x1 wood stock attached to the cabinet floor, to form a kind of tray to surround the amp - to prevent it sliding around.
Kent's repo band switch pointer knob is a high quality casting with correct shape hole to accept the flat shaft of the band switch. Includes the screw. Cost is reasonable.
Well, that's a thought.
The castings this morning were a bit better, but certainly not showroom quality. It's a learning curve, for sure, and it was fun to try. Unless one of these comes out better than I expect, I'll probably buy one of Kent's.