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 Post subject: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Wed 01, 2021 10:47 pm 
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To all members of the antique radio community.

As of November 1, 2021, I will no longer be making parts for radios. I’ve been making parts for nearly 20 years now, and I just can’t keep doing this forever. Age is playing a big part in my decision, along with a desire to do other things.

I know this is going to cause a problem for some, especially those who are making a living repairing radios. But, after November 1, I’ll still be selling Philco face plates and the metal spoked knobs for Zeniths that Larry Bordonaro had made in the past. And, I’ll be selling off all of the other knobs and rubber parts I have left until they are gone.

I plan to eventually sell the molds I have in stock, and the molds that I had purchased from Larry.

I purchased Larry’s molds after he passed away, and he had a lot of them. Several thousand. Most of what he did was make knobs on request, one at a time. So his molds are for MANY different types of radios, but single molds for making one at a time. There are also, along with the molds, color mixes for making the knobs and buttons. Matching colors of originals is the most time-consuming part of making parts. I plan to sell Larry’s molds, along with the color mixes, separately from the molds I have made. Larry’s molds will make parts for people who need something that’s not usually available. Someone looking for a hobby could make good money using these molds without spending a lot of time.

My molds, about 550 in total, all make multiple parts in one pour, usually six or nine parts at a time. There are enough molds there to make about 350 different parts, as you can see on my web site. I plan to sell these molds, along with color mixes for common parts, and all the masters I’ve made for making new molds. Someone could actually make a modest living selling parts made with these molds.

I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who are capable of learning how to make these parts. I’ve already done the hard part of experimenting, designing, color mixing, and making masters from originals.

Over the last few years, I’ve given a lot of thought about how to end my involvement in this endeavor, and I sure don’t want to leave people hanging who depend on the parts. If you can determine what parts you might need in the future, I suggest you put an order in as soon as possible to give me time to make what you need before November 1. Then, hopefully, before you need more, someone will have decided they would have a go at making them.

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Wed 01, 2021 11:00 pm 
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Thank you Ed for the many years deficated to the hobby.
I wish you well in your new endeavors!

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Wed 01, 2021 11:34 pm 
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Thanks for making good quality parts for the radio community for many years. Hopefully someone out there will pick up the reins and continue this valuable service.


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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 1:25 am 
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Ed, thank you for all that you have done for the radio hobby. I know that I have been a very happy customer for several years, and I'll miss not having your products around when I need them.

I wish you the very best.

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 1:28 am 
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Thank you Ed! I also really appreciate you making these parts available throughout the years. Best of luck in the future!

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 3:08 am 
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Thank you for all that you've done! Your decision confirms my decision to sell most of my radios and stop buying more of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 1:47 pm 
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I'll definitely look at what I need as I do need some rubber parts and go ahead and order them this month.


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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 3:19 pm 
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Thanks Ed, I appreciate the heads up and certainly appreciate the parts that you have made for me. I will see what I need...

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
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While I hate to hear this, I understand and thank you for years you have produced things for us.

Like others I will see what I might need.

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 6:19 pm 
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Understand your reasons very clearly. Best wishes in all that you do.
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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Thu 02, 2021 8:50 pm 
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Like many have said thanks for everything. you certainly played a big part in making this hobby more enjoyable and put many radios back in original condition that would not have been possible for most of us.


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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 3:25 am 
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Thanks for your dedicated service Ed. Strongly suggest you contact CE Distribution.


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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 5:40 pm 
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Thanks, Ed, and wishing you a happy retirement from filling orders.

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 5:58 pm 
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Dave Slusarczyk wrote:
Thank you Ed for the many years deficated to the hobby.
I wish you well in your new endeavors!

I hope you don't "deficate" on your product when you quit :lol:

Best of luck in the future.

Dale


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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 8:16 pm 
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rxradio wrote:
Dave Slusarczyk wrote:
Thank you Ed for the many years deficated to the hobby.
I wish you well in your new endeavors!

I hope you don't "deficate" on your product when you quit :lol:

Best of luck in the future.

Dale

Dale, I missed that! That darn spell checker...

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 9:15 pm 
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Thank you Ed for all you have done to support this hobby. I have been very happy with the products I have purchased in the past and I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
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I am a repeat customer and I have always had nothing but great things to say about your work. Every time I use my M-81 (which I acquired without knobs) I think of all the work you've done.

Hopefully someone will step up and buy those molds off of you.

Thank you for everything.


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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 10:40 pm 
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Thanks Ed. You have always been one of the good guys.

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Sat 04, 2021 5:52 pm 
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A good business for Barry Bennett to take over, as soon as he's done sorting out his inventory . . . :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Renovated Radios Ending Operations
PostPosted: Sep Sat 04, 2021 6:10 pm 
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Ed, best wishes for your future endeavors.

I wish I was a little younger to take on a business like Renovated Radios. At 70, I am now retired, but love radio restoration as a hobby. Hopefully, somebody will be willing to take up the mantle. When I worked, I bought rubber washers and bushings from Renovated. The quality was always excellent.

Thank you very much,

Robert Kristelli
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