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  • #15285
    cjpage
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    Good afternoon. I am considering doing my first ever radio restoration. I have restored many an antique piece of furniture but never a radio. I have the opportunity to purchase a CGE Model JK-76. The glass plate/bezel is broken and I am looking to source a unbroken one.
    A reproduction would be fine. Without this glass plate, I will continue to search for a project. This unit is in very nice shape but all the surfaces need some wood working magic. Why buy this one? Because when you turn it on, it works just like it should. Any guidance or www sites I could look at would be great fully appreciated. Thank You

    #15287
    Dan Walker
    CVRS Member

    There is a company that makes reproduction glass dials. Unfortunately We in the radio restoration hobby, are having some problems getting things done with this company The company is ”Radio Daze’ and they are in the United States.
    Several members of the Antique Radio Forum and others have tried contacting the company lately with no success. [covid 19] I think
    They do very good work and I have used them on several occasions.
    They do have a reproduction glass for a CGE model KL-56, but I don’t see one for your radio.
    In the past I have sent them broken dial glass and they have made me a new one ,, but by the looks of your glass, there is too much missing.
    Your best bet might be to put a WTB add on various forums and see if someone has one they are parting out
    Here is a link to their site.
    https://www.radiodaze.com/dials-glass-74/
    Dan in Calgary

    #15288
    garykuster
    CVRS Member

    With the exception of higher end consoles, the prices have tanked on these at least here in Montreal. I see many in restorable condition for $50-$100. Don’t overpay as for the most part,gen Xers and onward have no use for old radios or old anything for that matter. The buyers for these are ageing out IMHO. As with collecting anything, (cars,Radios, antiques) only the truly desirable stuff retains its value. Do your due diligence.

    Gary in Montreal

    #15292
    Dan Walker
    CVRS Member

    I have to agree with you on the value of rare or collectable radios having more value than a run of the mill console.
    I have a few ordinary consoles , but when some one looks at them compared to my rogers 10-12 , Buckingham or
    my Rogers 10-85, they always like the upper calss radios much better.
    There is not much value in the ordinary radios,so I have become more selective in any radios that I buy.
    I am selling off the lower end ones and keeping the better ones.
    Dan in Calgary

    #15294
    garykuster
    CVRS Member

    Dan, I’m in the same mode. I want to move my collection to early FM sets and have started to thin the herd. Not getting near for the radios what they made not long ago when you look up what comparables went for in, say 2016.

    Gary in Montreal

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