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 Post subject: Zenith 16A63 videos from Bruce Lach
PostPosted: Apr Wed 16, 2014 5:50 pm 
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Here are some videos of a Zenith 16A63 Stratosphere from Bruce Lach, who is a terrific furniture restorer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was the radio that had been spotted in Florida last year, and which was eventually sold to a collector in the midwest. He doesn't work only on radios, but you can see that he's a master at his craft. John Goller recommended him to me when I needed my ebony Zenith 9S30 refinished, and he did an absolutely first-rate job on this very tricky task. The price was reasonable too. I can't recommend him enough.

These videos border on being radio cabinet porn. :wink: I'm lucky enough to have a 16A63 that didn't need any cabinet work, and it's fascinating for me to see how the cabinet was constructed. My heart was beating faster watching this, especially seeing how wonderful the radio looks after Bruce worked his magic on it.

IMHO the 16A63 is the most beautiful radio Zenith or anyone else ever made.

Enjoy! :)

Bob

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QuIsNQE1fM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt3krOcn28k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlleZ4LGmJg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_TDg6Xu7Q4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCFOGN2Apag

Here is Bruce's website (Timeless Arts Refinishing):

http://www.timelessartgr.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 16A63 videos from Bruce Lach
PostPosted: Apr Thu 17, 2014 4:52 am 
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I'd love to give my Grunow 1241 the "treatment" but the question is, how much? A Strat is well worth putting in thousands for that kind of work.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 16A63 videos from Bruce Lach
PostPosted: Apr Mon 21, 2014 11:56 pm 
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Yeah, I would say he's pretty good at what he does! I can do good cabinetry but I wouldnt be able to touch his level. Maybe someday.
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 16A63 videos from Bruce Lach
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What I like the most is the it is not all shiny and looks like an original, I may have to call him for my Strat !!!
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 16A63 videos from Bruce Lach
PostPosted: Apr Fri 25, 2014 6:34 pm 
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Afternoon All!!

Yes, I can attest that Bruce is an expert at what he does. I'm posting these pics here to show you some of his other work. He lives not 5 miles from me and has done probably 50 radios for me in the last 10 years. I think that his best accomplishment is the recreated photofinish or faux finish, whichever you prefer. These Philco 46-1201's that I have pictured here are all PAINT. There is no veneer on either of these radios. The person that these were done for wanted a pair of them as close to identical as possible for use as a gift to his two kids. I think Bruce did a pretty good job.

Here's the first one pictured as it was beforehand.
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Here's the first one completely refinished, after reassembly
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Here's the second one after refinish and reassembly
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Here's a picture of the two setting side by side.
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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 16A63 videos from Bruce Lach
PostPosted: Apr Fri 25, 2014 7:44 pm 
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Amazing work,thanks for posting.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 16A63 videos from Bruce Lach
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I have to say WOW WOW WOW!

Those look better than new!!

That is an amazing level of craftsmanship!

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 16A63 videos from Bruce Lach
PostPosted: Apr Fri 25, 2014 10:44 pm 
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Harbourmaster wrote:
I have to say WOW WOW WOW!

Those look better than new!!

That is an amazing level of craftsmanship!


HI Harbour Master!!

Now you WHY Grand Rapids MI was referred to as the "Furniture City". Most of the people who do this kind of work, were employed in the furniture industry. In the GR Museum there are a number of examples of REALLY HIGH end furniture that look like they were made with lots of exotic woods, and it all paint. The TRICK is blending the paint with the clear or toned finish and making it look like its all the same. That's another thing that Bruce KNOWS how to do and that's mix his own toners. Nothing that he does is stained. It's all toners. I found it very interesting to see that Merillat Cabinet makes their kitchen cabinets the same way. No stain, only toner. When you hire Bruce to do a job for you, you are paying for WHAT he knows, and HOW it's done.

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