My Restoration Philosophy
Pre-1930 sets: I don't do any thing to harm the value or destroy the
history. For pre-1930 sets this means not replacing components
unless they are absolutely the exact correct ones. Unless the
finish is horrible, I will simply use color matched wax on the
cabinet. I'd rather restore too little and let the buyer do
more if desired. It's very hard to go the other way. I
think that time and values will support this approach as sets get
older and more historic.
1930+ sets: For later sets, I will replace old electrolytic
capacitors and wax paper capacitors that are bad. Contrary to
common belief, most wax paper capacitors 0.1 uF and smaller are fine
unless they have gotten hot and the wax has melted. I test
them and replace the bad ones and leave the others alone. I
will replace all black beauty capacitors as they are little time
bombs. I generally try not to replace other components unless
the radio is not working properly or the components are in a bad
way. I leave the original workmanship in place as much as
possible. I will clean contact with Deoxit if necessary and
remove dirt and grime without harsh chemicals.
I generally buy high end radios and I don't go for ones that are in
bad shape. I try to describe condition accurately so you have
no surprises. However, if you are an expert in a particular
radio that I am selling, you may spot details I do not. If you
know of certain things to look for with a set, please ask and I'll
be happy to try to find out and also to learn something I did not
know. If you are very particular about certain features or
condition issues, please ask. My goal is to remove any
discrepancy in expectation up front. If I have tried a set,
I'll tell you what I observed. If I have not tried it, the
listing will not include any information on that.
Packing & Shipping
I pack better than just about anybody. I have shipped radios
weighing 110 lbs, with no damage. That means using big boxes,
with the proper foam and padding and handle locations and caution
labels. Most importantly, it means using the right shipper! I
will not use UPS, ever! FedEx Ground is recommended and mandatory
for anything over 25 lbs shipped in the US. I will also use US
Postal Service for items under 25 lbs if desired. I do not
mark up shipping materials one cent. I charge no packing labor
fee at all. What I pay, you pay. Radios will be shipped
fully insured and fully declared for customs. Please do not
ask to do otherwise. I pack assuming the radio may be dropped
from 5 feet on a corner. This generally means packing can be
expensive for big sets. Skimping on packing is a false
economy. I won't do it.
Of course, the buyer may pick up a radio from me at no charge.
I can hold a radio for a while until that is convenient. The
smaller the radio, the longer I can hold it for you. However,
we must agree on a maximum storage time as I can't keep it forever.
Once you notify me by e-mail you wish to buy a radio, I will e-mail
you and invoice to be signed and returned to me. I will hold
the radio for 7 days or until payment is received, whichever comes
first. Include the invoice with your payment. Payment
must be received within 7 days of your e-mail notifying me of your
intent to buy, or it will be released for sale. Multiple
requests to buy a radio will be handled according to dates of e-mail
notifications of intent to buy. I will accept the following
forms of payment: USPS postal money order; US money order; personal
check (delay for clearing); cashier's check; cash. I don't
accept electronic transfers or Western Union transfers.
Terms of Sale
I try to describe radios accurately, even a bit harshly.
However, a buyer may return the radio (ship date) back to me within
4 business days of receiving it. You must contact me before
returning it. It must be returned as packed, so UNPACK
CAREFULLY & KEEP THE PACKING MATERIALS. If the radio is
returned to me in the same condition as sent and it is the same
radio, I will happily refund the purchase price of the radio.
I will not otherwise. You are responsible for return shipping
cost. If it arrives damaged because you did not use the same
packing or returned it by UPS for example, I will not refund it.
You have as much responsibility to get it to me safely as I took to
get it to you. It is only fair.