S.P.A.R.C. Museum

Society for the Preservation of Antique Radio in Canada

SPARC – Guidelines For Restorations and Repairs

Customers submit radios for repair/restoration at their own risk.

Effective: January 1, 2017. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Deposit: a deposit of $50 is required for all radios submitted for repair or restoration work.

Chassis: assumes all paper and electrolytics replaced, a few resistors (as needed), maybe some re-wire/line cord, cleaning, tube testing/changing and alignment (prices are approximate):

  • Up to 5 tube chassis, including ‘All American Five type radios: $100 to $125 plus parts
  • 6 to 8 tube chassis: $125 to $175 plus parts
  • 9+ tube chassis: $175 – $200 plus parts

Typical parts cost is $20 – $30, however, some components and certain tubes are more expensive – customer to confirm expenditure ok prior to purchase of such parts. A power transformer can cost upwards of $100, common used (tested) tubes cost $5 -$10, whereas a good working ‘eye tube’ can cost upwards of $60. It is not always possible to diagnose whether a part is needed until work has been undertaken on the chassis – if a customer declines to expend such funds to effect repair, the deposit will be retained by SPARC to cover work undertaken and the re-assembled set returned to the customer.

Wood Cabinets: assumes stripped/scraped and re-finished (prices approximate):

  • Simple tabletop wood cabinets: $150 – $200
  • Complex/badly-damaged tabletop cabinets (eg. in need of veneer, fancy scroll work, decals etc): $200 -$275
  • Small/simple console wood cabinet: $250 – $300
  • Large/complex or badly-damaged wood cabinet (eg. in need of veneer, water damage, rot, fancy scroll work, decals etc): $300 to $400

Bakelite/plastic (not Catalin):

  • Buff-out minor scratches/re-polish only: $50
  • Repair cracks/infill missing fragments: $100 – $200


  1. A simple wood cabinet 5-tube tabletop radio with chassis overhaul plus cabinet refinish would cost $250 (minimum) plus parts, up to $325 (plus parts)
  2. A large 10-tube chassis console with minor scratches and scuffing/flaking of the original finish would be estimated at $425 (minimum) if it was to be stripped and re-finished (but no veneer needed), up to $500 (plus parts)

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