Restoration of a Kennedy Model 20B Console Radio

image  I stumbled upon this beautiful project whilst browsing the web today.  This restoration by Greg Charvat takes a very ornamental and indeed ancient Console Radio and sympathetically brings it back to life.

The temptation with projects like this is to replace on a wide scale components with new parts.  However Greg has kept some of the original capacitors, all of the original resistors and more. 

The description of the wiring as crumbling gives a very good reason not to power up a device of this vintage until you have an opportunity to inspect the internals, these valve devices have some mighty voltages inside and electrical safety (i.e. grounding) can not be assumed to be up to Today’s standards…

I have to admit that I am looking for a restoration project for myself… It seems though that so is everyone else.  E-bay auctions seem to go skywards for any interesting vintage tube amps…  Ahhh one day!

Restoration of a Kennedy Model 20B Console Radio