The RCA UZ-1325 Horn Speaker: A Brief History and How to Restore It

Jason Rogers   A Brief History: General Electric designed the RCA UZ-1325 horn speaker, like the other three known production horns sold by RCA in the 1920s.  It was first sold in 1924 for $25—about $500 in today’s dollars.  It was designed to replace the previous model, the UZ-1320, which had sold for $36.50 a…

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Radio Cabinet Repair & Refinishing Made Short, Simple & With Minimal Tools – Part IV

Step 7: Stripping   (NEED: liquid furniture stripper, green Scotch Brite pads, metal trays, painter’s respirator, blue painter’s tape, chemical resistant gloves, splash-proof safety goggles, 3 mil plastic sheeting, 180, 220, 400 and 600 grit sandpaper, rubber sanding block, mineral spirits, tack cloths, disposable gloves, clean painters rags, spray cans tinted lacquer (toner), clear gloss…

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Radio Cabinet Repair & Refinishing Made Short, Simple & With Minimal Tools- Part I

Step 1: Evaluate What Do I Do First? Order is important, don’t work yourself into a corner! Usually, but not always, in the following order: Structure Structural joints- bottom, sides, etc. Major parts- legs, braces, etc. Secondary structure Delamination of plywood Shelves, speaker mounting boards, etc. Warped lids, doors, etc. Veneer Finish Non-wood parts (knobs,…

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