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Old 06-21-2017, 09:33 PM
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I've had a set work with it's original block caps....Albeit with terrible distortion, which changing those caps cured.

Paper caps are paper caps, even the best eventually fail. I'd bring a set with original block caps up on a variac any day, but I would not make it a regular player till those caps are re-stuffed.
I just cited a statement what the old gent told me, not that I agreed with it.
The last Philco, I did, I restuffed the bakelite blocks.
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Old 06-21-2017, 09:38 PM
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Amen to that. At first I took the "wait and see" approach to the chocolate blocks, but after two of them failed during bench testing, I just restuffed them all. As you and others mentioned, it was super easy to do and the end result looks factory.



I used a similar, but slightly different, pattern from Richmond Designs on my restoration. I ended up with a ton of leftover grill cloth as well, but I don't see that as a problem!



You'd be amazed by the sheer amount of repro parts out there for these radios. I was able to find repro tuner grommets for mine, as well as a new frame for the grill cloth and a knob for the tone control. I think you can even buy a whole cabinet if yours is too far gone...
I bought a rubber grommet assortment from H-F. A lot of them were the smaller sizes, that could be used for tuning condenser mounts.
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