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 Post subject: Re: Sand pot metal?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:35 pm 
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Well I know yours will turn out great! It’s beautiful and unusual, so I’m pretty sure it’d be worth at least more than an alligatored VV-X. If you ever need any info about this model, like additional pictures, don’t hesitate to ask. This is one of my favorite phonos that I own and I’d be glad to help fix one of its brothers :lol:. What’s your serial number, btw?

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 Post subject: Re: Sand pot metal?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:17 pm 
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No idea what the serial number is on mine. It's in storage up in NY, but I expect to go up there in a few months and can check then. It was sold by Wurlitzer, originally came from the Philly area, has the neat Wurlitzer plaque inside. The guy I bought it from was a radio collector and had taken the volume knob off. He said he could sell that by itself but would sell it to me for XX dollars, this when I went up there to pick it up. I thanked him and politely refused.

Glad to know that you think this is a worthwhile project. Lets me know I'm only partially insane.


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 Post subject: Re: Sand pot metal?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:26 pm 
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I might be slightly biased, but I surely think that yours is worthwhile. I'd love to see a picture when you're done. These are beautiful and it's sad that they're overlooked by many collectors.

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 Post subject: Re: Sand pot metal?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:02 pm 
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EarlH - I appreciate you looking, but I got mine working. I'm not longer in need of it. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Sand pot metal?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:55 pm 
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That's good! It's usually better to try and use the parts some of this old stuff has always been with as they don't always swap around all that easily.

As far as finishing your machine is concerned, you shouldn't have too much trouble doing a nice job. Lacquer is pretty easy to work with. I did this Edison radio with a $30 detail gun from Horrible Freight a few years ago. I refinished quite a few things with it before the trigger broke on it, but this Edison is the only thing I still have on my computer right now that I know I sprayed with the little gun. When you have the cabinet all apart, stripped and washed off with lacquer thinner I can help you out with some of how I would do it anyway. I usually use Mohawk piano lacquer and it seems to hold up quite well. I did that 10-70 with a detail gun as well, but it was a little more expensive one. I think I bought it off ebay for $75 but it's quite an old one. But in all honesty, I liked the one from Harbor Freight better until the trigger broke.


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 Post subject: Re: Sand pot metal?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:42 am 
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That 10-70 looks great. I have a VE 9-55 which has a very poor finish as it has in the past suffered from water damage which has ruined the finish. I've been pondering for years what to do about it and assumed that replicating the original finish was something only a professional could tackle. Are you able to go through the refinish process step by step if possible saying how you achieved that excellent result.did you strip it completely or just rub down the surface and add a new top layer of lacquer? Thanks in advance for any tips.


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