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Blog series by Robster40 updated 02-26-2011 01:26 AM 2 parts 2610 reads 1 comment total

Part 1: The Initial Teardown

12-07-2010 06:57 AM by Robster40 | 0 comments »

A good friend of mine had bought a Columbia Gramaphone at an auction a few years back and has had it sitting in his storage garage ever since. I’m not sure as to how old the actual unit is, but I could guess the 1930’s to 1940’s at best. It’s a pretty generic model and I suspect it wasn’t the deluxe unit by any means. Since he and I only met within the last year, he never bothered to do anything with it. When he found out that I was pretty good with refurbishi...

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Part 2: Figuring Out What I Can Salvage

02-26-2011 01:26 AM by Robster40 | 1 comment »

I finally stripped the old Gramophone cabinet down to it’s bare parts. I measured and threw away whatever wasn’t usable due to extensive water damage. I was surprised at how much of the most important parts were still in decent condition. Now I have the fun stage of sanding off all the old varnish and prepping the leftover parts so I can put it back together with some replaced parts. It’s nice because the project seemed so much more difficult at first glance but has, in f...

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