Welcome to the WhitakerAudio web site. This page is the hub for a collection of specialized (and we hope interesting) pages and resources relating to classic audio devices, products, and systems. Ranging from 1970s-era radio station hardware to vacuum tube amplifiers, this site provides information and (where possible) downloads that can be used by readers.
What started out as a hobby, has turned into a business. We would be pleased to discuss your restoration projects. Our speciality is classic radio station gear, from cart machines to transmitters (and just about everything in between). We've also done extensive work on test equipment and vacuum tube amplifier restoration and repair. This no-compromise work is perfect for museums, motion picture set pieces, and serious collectors.
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No compromise repair and restoration
Over the years, WhitakerAudio has done dozens of restoration projects—from small to large (and very large). We would welcome the opportunity to help with your project. We specialize in 1960s and 70s broadcast audio equipment.
From mic to on-air, it's here
The 1970s were a great time for FM radio. As the dominant form of music entertainment of the time, working in FM was a great gig. This page brings it all back with a museum-quality studio straight from the '70s.
A big restoration project for a big console
The Gates Executive Audio Console was a favorite of radio stations in the 1960s and 70s. This page catalogues a complete rebuild of the classic on-air board. What started out as an eBay fixer-upper is now back in the studio.
Fixing a classic consumer recorder
The Ampex 1455 audio recorder is a classic machine that was popular back in the late 1960s and early 70s. This restoration project takes a neglected and worn reel-to-reel recorder and restores it to like-new condition.
Links to sites we like
This page provides links to interesting web sites relating to the work done by WhitakerAudio over the years. It's our hope they can serve as a starting point for your own projects. (No endorsements are implied.)
Project resources and downloads
In 2011, TAB Books published The TAB Guide to Vacuum Tube Audio: Understanding and Building Tube Amps. Files supporting the book are archived here, including downloadable documentation and project files.