For over 14 years as a full-time business, UrbanRadio has provided professional restoration of Antique Radios from the 1920's to 1960's and Vintage Hi-Fi (or Mid-Century stereo) from the 1950's to 1970's. Our restoration includes vintage electronic repair, upgrades, cleaning & detailing, and wood cabinet refinishing. We have over 40 years experience with 3-technicians for all types of vintage electronic repair.
All vintage audio equipment benefits from restoration and obtains more in value and appreciation compared to buying today's, very expensive, "new" equipment. You will enjoy the superior sound and exquistie design of heirloom-quality vintage electronics.
Many items, both radios & Hi-Fi components, are shipped to us for all levels of repair and analysis, therefore, proper packing is critical... instructions available upon request. I am surprised at the number of items purchased off of eBay we receive for repair, described "as-is" or "working".
While we specialize in vacuum tube electronics, we also repair car radios (1930's to 1970's), stereos, turntables / phonographs, solid state (transistor) items, tape decks, and guitar amps, all types, reasonable rates, and with fast service. Thousands of satisfied customers, worldwide!
Due to the complexity of these electronic items, basic estimates can be given after a complete bench test. Pickup and delivery is available for many of our customers throughout the NorthEast (for an extra fee). We charge by the project for 100% customer satisfaction and have a lower cost than our competition. Our goal is to serve customers to the best of our ability, providing safety & reliability. Amplifier power & distortion testing included!
If we can be of service and would like our FREE estimate for vintage electronic repair of a radio, amplifier (stereo or mono amp), preamp, tuner, turntable, phonograph, record player, guitar amp, or car radio, (see list below),
please contact us @ 203-877-2409 (37 Elm St., Windsor, CT 06095) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What happened in 1980?
The exact date varies from brand to brand but the bottom fell out of the build quality. Manufacturers sacrificed quality for production speed and started aiming at the mass market instead of the "audiophile" market.
Analog was replaced with digital. Discrete (individual) components were often replaced with custom integrated circuits, many of which are no longer available today. Digital electronic parts became custom to the design (large scale integrated chips) and are not supported by the manufacturer to the repair shop. Therefore...
All the repair shops are gone for a reason... thanks to the manufacturer's service plan of "send it in under waranty or go buy a new one".
Here at urbanradio, we repair pre-1980 "vintage analog electronics" as they were designed to be repaired.
About 50% of all repair items come shipped via FedEx or UPS ground. Please inquire for specific packing instructions. Or you can travel into CT, we are next to Hartford (I-84 & I-91; halfway between Boston & NYC) and we have a depot location in southwestern CT.
Urbanradio is available by appointment from 8 AM to 5 PM, 7-days a week. We try to be flexible for our customers that have various schedules and have to drive a distance. Also, the radio museum, here in Windsor, is just 3 minutes away (1.2 miles) and is a great place to visit... here is there web site:
Thank you for your interest in urbanradio and let us know what works for you.
Finally, here is a list of items we repair:
antique car radios
floor model radios
floor model stereos
German radios: Grundig, SABA, Telefunken, Nordmende, Blaupunkt, Siemens, Emud, Graetz, etc.
high fidelity equipment
old audio equipment
reel-to-reel tape decks
solid state amplifiers
solid state audio
vacuum tube audio
vacuum tube amplifiers
vacuum tube radios
vintage car radios