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 Post subject: Restoring Sparton 409GL Blue Mirror Radio
PostPosted: Dec Mon 30, 2019 10:15 am 
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Hi, just became the proud owner of my first Sparton Blue Mirror Radio, 409GL. This is my first vintage radio! 100% original and in great shape except for the mirrors likely need to be re-silvered. I won't do anything until I get feedback, any thoughts would be appreciated. The only thing that concerns me is that most of one and part of two letters in the word "Sparton" have been affected by silver loss, no longer legible. Will re-silvering fix this. Seems like I read the letters and dial numbers involved a silk screen process, along with etching and/or cutting the back of glass part.

Any thoughts or advice, or pointing me to answers would be very much appreciated. Thanks !


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 Post subject: Re: Restoring Sparton 409GL Blue Mirror Radio
PostPosted: Jan Wed 01, 2020 10:34 am 
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I don't know what a restored one is worth but I would guess quite a few $. To me its not a radio for a novice to start restoring.

But if you are going to go ahead then re-silvering wont fix the letter problem. Its possible that the silvering was done first and then etched for where the letters would be. Possibly a silk screen in that area. All very specialised and expensive stuff :)

Gary


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 Post subject: Re: Restoring Sparton 409GL Blue Mirror Radio
PostPosted: Jan Thu 02, 2020 7:17 pm 
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They reproduced those for several years. An original is worth somewhere in the 3 digit range...a repro is worth less.

An original will have vacuum tubes inside. A repro will have the FM band and likely a cassette deck...

I'm not an expert on these sets, but it may be possible to use the glass from a repro in an original...

If it is an original then you are dealing with a set roughly 2 orders of magnitude more expensive and desirable than most of it's era....And I'd have to agree that it shouldn't be the first thing you restore. Please practice on some less expensive sets first till you are fully confident your work will do it justice.


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 Post subject: Re: Restoring Sparton 409GL Blue Mirror Radio
PostPosted: Jan Thu 02, 2020 8:21 pm 
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Why don't you post some photos of the glass and chassis.

Posting photos to a forum thread.
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=365653

Greg.


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 Post subject: Re: Restoring Sparton 409GL Blue Mirror Radio
PostPosted: Jan Fri 03, 2020 1:17 pm 
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Thanks everybody, won’t be doing anything until I can find someone with the specific experience required. As far as I know it’s 100% factory original, will get better pictures this weekend, in daylight and in room with less clutter


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