General Electric 106
Brand: General Electric Co. Date of Manufacture: 1946 Frequency Range: 550 - 1600Kc
Tube Lineup: 35Z5 GT Rectifier, 50L6 GT Output, 12SQ7 Det/Audio Amp, 12SG7 I.F. Amp, 12SA7 Osc/Converter
Schematic: Available here,
of Nostalgia Air.
found, in a now closed, local flea market sometime in
2002. With very limited finances at the time, this radio was cheap and
in bad shape, so it fit my budget. I do not have any
photos of it's original state, since work began shortly purchase. It
was one of my earlier attempts at a restoration, and not my best by any
means. The record player was in pieces when originally purchased, so it
sat in a box in storage for several years. The original
finish was badly damaged, so I ignorantly applied some clear Poly over
the cabinet (Don't shoot!). The grill cloth was very ragged, so I found
some old burlap type material and glued it on (Ok, you can shoot me
now!) The only thing I did get right was replacing the capacitors,
which were done quite well.
Now it's time for restoration attempt number two in
October 2006. The chassis only needed a little bit of cleaning, and an
alignment to have it working. The only challenge was re-installing the
record arm and motor. The motor only required a little bit of cleaning
and some lubricant. According to the schematic, and arm and needle used
two conductors inside of a shielded cable. Since the original cable
was gone, a new one had to be made from scratch. Some copper braid from
GS-16 ), was used to make my cable, and two 20 AWG stranded wires
were chased through it.
The cabinet was the easy part. All of the work from
the first refinish was removed. Citri Strip was used to remove the
poly. A new finish
was applied using Mowhawk brand toners,
and semi gloss lacquer. A small piece of the original grill cloth was
used to match it up to a reproduction,Cat. # GRC61 from Radiodaze. A new decal was also
purchased along with the grill cloth.