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This Norelco BX549A is made in Holland.  

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Down to work!

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Before cleaning

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Replaced resistor

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Before restoration.

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Tone control connections. 

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Volume and Tone controls needed  cleaned with denatured alcohol.

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Wipe down with mineral spirits.

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Gold paint. A perfect match!

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Lots or elbow grease.

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After Restoration.


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After cleaning.


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New grill cloth to be considered.

There is no direct replacement pattern for this cloth.  

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So I tried to bleach the stained fabric.

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The bleach made the cloth white.  The toning lacquer put some color back in. 

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There are worn spots.

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I wove some salvaged threads to fill in the gapes.  

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Fine threads were placed on the fresh glue to cover the missing threads in the weave. 


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The restoration of the original cloth just does not do justice to the rest of the radio.  I advise replacement.

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There is an improvement.  But it still could use new replacement cloth.  

This is a European Radio blond replication cloth. 

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The original pattern is unavailable.  I looked at US and European sites.  These vendors can be found on the Vendors page under the Links page. 

Recommended #1

This is a generic cloth.  Not assigned to any specific manufacturer.  

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I have some cloth in the shop.  Or I can order some thing different. 


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This is a Philco pattern.  

Too dark.  Too American. 

Recommended 1

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Antique Radio Grille Cloth

Or any other pattern that may appeal to your eye.

More Grill cloth vendors,

Ben Dijkman & Co

But they do not have a matching reproduction pattern. 



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This is the new cloth.  



The last item needed for shipping is a new Eye Tube.  

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I want to ship the cabinet separately from the chassis.   This should take the heavy weight out of the delicate brittle Bakelite.  I need to verify how confident the owner would be with installing the chassis into the cabinet.

I will post a picture with a new eye tube when it comes in.  Keep tuned 


Connect and install chassis into cabinet.

Tools needed:

Long Philips head screw driver.  
Flat head screwdriver for rear cover screws.
Glass cleaner and paper towel to clean fingerprints from Dial Scale (if needed).  Wet the towel.  Do not spray on glass or plastic. 

Do Not plug in power cord or power up chassis before installing in a closed cabinet.  Capacitors will hold a charge after unplugging power cord. It takes about 5 minutes to discharge the capacitors. 

Click on small pictures to enlarge.

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Tubes held in place with electrical tape.  Rotating antenna covered with cardboard.
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Grab the iron of the transformer to lift.
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and lift by the Can Capacitor
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This is glass. Nearly irreplaceable.
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Remove all the packing materials. 
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Remove 2 chassis retaining screws.
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Put screws in cup.
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Locate and free speaker wire.
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Find mate on chassis
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Push together as pictured above.
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Move FM antenna out of the way.
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Set chassis on Bakelite support rail.  WATCH THE GLASS.
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Do NOT force these chassis screws.  Broken Bakelite can not be repaired easily.
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Insert the Chassis retaining screw.  Avoid cross threading by turning screw Count Clock Wise as to remove it.  The threads will push out then drop in and align. Then advance Clockwise.  Leave this screw loose about 1/4"
These screws can be hand tightened  when threads are aligned properly.
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Install the right chassis retaining screw.  Align threads as before.  
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The cut out slides over the foam rubber. 
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Snug both screws.  You will feel the star washer grind and bite the metal. This should be tight enough.  
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Remove thumb nut
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There is high voltage on the eye tube socket.
Do Not Plug in or power up radio before touching tube socket.  
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Hold Tuning eye socket up.
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Lightly tighten thumb nut.


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Too low
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Too high
Snug thumb nut when properly aligned.  
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Adjust with caution.
Use a wood or plastic stick.  A chop stick works great if powered up.
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Insure wire does not interfere with rotating antenna.
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Secure speaker wire from toughing hot tubes or causing vibrations. 
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Check rotating antenna clearance.
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Insure tubes are in sockets.
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Route FM antenna on out side of rear cover.
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Correct wire routing.  Outside cover.

If inside, wire can tangle rotating antenna and melt to hot glass tubes. 

Wrong inside cabinet wire routing.  
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Do Not put FM antenna wire inside the cover.  It is to be routed outside the cover. 
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There are two black ground wires that are to be fed through slots in the bottom panel. 
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These are to be captured under the bottom panel retaining screws to make connections with......
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.....these two ground planes.  Finger points a slot. 
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One left and one right. 
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Attach a "long wire antenna" with an alligator clip lead for great Short Wave (SW) reception.   
A long wire up to 60 feet out a window up and over a tree makes a great economical antenna.  Disconnect when not in use or during electrical storms. 
Click here  for SW antenna ideas
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A shorter 5 to 20 foot indoor wire draped along the base board will also help with SW reception. 
Any external SW antenna is better than just the internal antenna. 


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