This RCA Radiola 17 is in for evaluation. The first observation is how muddy the interior is. I thought this radio was in a flood. Once the chassis was removed it became clear this radio hosted a colony or colonies of mud wasps. This chassis is to be fully evaluated before restoration begins.
There is a speaker included. However that is to be sent to a speaker specialist.
The radio did fire up and receive stations. This radio just was not turned on a played to test the transformers. A lot of small steps went into bringing the power up to operational levels. First all tubes were tested. Two of them needed the pins resoldered to test good. All capacitors were tested for shorts and capacitance. Then the power transformer was tested with 12 vac and the secondary windings measured. Then 120 vac, through a Dim Bulb Tester was applied to the power supply with out the #80 tube. And on and on the testing went until full voltage to the receiver was applied.
This slow build up did two things. It found the bad parts and prevented bad parts from destroying good parts. The receiver did crackle to life as I install the tubes from the audio output to the first RF while monitoring the B+. I had trouble at first maintaining B+ with all tubes installed. I still do not why B+ fell to 80volts but something pulled it down. Perhaps it is a #26 tube that tested with an intermittent short.
The owner decided not to proceed with a restoration. The radio was returned.
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