This is an RCA 1-R-81 chassis RC1102B or C. This radio has coupling and electrolytic capacitors replaced. But it poorly received only one FM station when received. The bakelite exterior is in fantastic shape and needs no attention. I proceeded with a complete restoration including all previous replaced parts. The old caps are identified with a red mark.
I began this restoration first with a dim bulb test. Then all tubes tested including a spare set from the owner. All non mica or ceramic capacitors, carbon composition resistors, lamps, speaker gasket and power cord set were then replaced. Before the alignment I initially powered up the unit with a DBT. It received well on both AM and FM. With the alignment completed the radio receives very well on both FM and AM. An external antenna connected to the #1 screw pulled in distant weak AM station at night. The less powerful FM stations also benefits from an external antenna connected to screws #2 and 3. I used a random wire on the FM. An FM dipole (like this one from Radioshack) would help a lot.
This radio has a pretty dial scale. It has a symmetry that looks balanced and illuminates gently in a dimmed room. Please see the pictures below.
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