Classic Equipment 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, vacuum tube amplifiers, and AM/FM receivers.
Let us know what you've got and we can discuss the details. Because of the wide variety of equipment needing restoration, the cost and time required can vary widely. The best approach is usually to charge on a parts + labor basis. The timeline is determined mainly by the availability of components. Refinishing of the front panel and/or chassis is also possible—from powder-coating to replacement of sheet metal.
Capabilities and typical project considerations are outlined below.
A Well Equipped Shop
The first step in any restoration project is to have a well equipped shop stocked with the right test equipment and supplies. We also have a wide range of vendors that we can draw on for specific projects.
Comprehensive Testing and QC
Measurement of critical parameters against original equipment specifications is a major element of restoration work. Tests are done to identify problems at the beginning of the project, and for quality control (QC) at the end.
We're Here to Help
Feel free to contact WhitakerAudio if we can be of assistance in your restoration project. We would be happy to offer ideas and provide pointers to suppliers that may be useful in your work. Please use the Contact Us form on this site.
Custom Chassis Work
For some restoration projects, the front panel or chassis must be replaced in order to make the finished product look right. We can produce replacement elements to match the original, or change the design to suit your needs.
From Simple to Complex
Some restorations projects are as simple as cleaning, testing, and documentation. Others require detailed work on the electronics, front panel, or chassis (or all three). The level of work is usually determined by the condition of the unit.
Custom Circuit Boards
Replacement of one or more printed circuit boards (PCBs) may be the only way to bring a piece of equipment back into service. The replacement PCB can be a functional match to the original, or a new design based on current technology.
Manuals and Related Documentation
Detailed documentation is vital to efficient maintenance. For a major project, documentation can consume half the resources. Let us know if we can help with your project, including equipment manuals and checklists.
On-Site Installation and Support
WhitakerAudio would be pleased to discuss your installation/rebuild projects. We can provide on-site work as required, for small or large jobs. A Key element of this work is documenting the facility, from input to output.
Extensive Parts Inventory
Finding replacement parts for vintage equipment can be a challenge. We can help with a deep inventory of hard-to-find components for classic radio gear.