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 Post subject: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 2:10 am 
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I have a Telefunken Opus 6 that I'm restoring. I stripped it today, and all the veneer looks wonderful, except the top. The top's veneer looks bland, kinda like side console veneer, and on the veneer was a coat of black. As I was stripping, the dirty rags came out dark tan, then brown (like the sides) then black. The black paint looked crackled on the wood before I removed it. All of the lacquer looked badly cracked, like just before it would have stared flaking off. Wondering what it looked like new. All of it looks to be original.


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 Post subject: Re: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 5:04 am 
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Top: https://p1.liveauctioneers.com/1087/138 ... 89_1_x.jpg
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 Post subject: Re: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 4:41 pm 
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Thanks egg, I haven't seen a German radio with a black top, but I want to keep it original.


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 Post subject: Re: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 10:39 pm 
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The top was a very dark brown with a more black edge to accent the vertical speaker grille bars.

Opus 7
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 Post subject: Re: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Fri 03, 2021 11:09 pm 
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What I stripped off was black, or so dark brown that it was black. I just stripped the pieces around the grill cloth, and they were black. Telefunken used a lot of black, it took several rags to get it all off. The wood underneath looks like rejected walnut, one side piece had 3 pieces joined together. I'm going to try to stain with espresso stain, it's the darkest I have without being black. If I can't get enough on, I'll add Mohawk's Van Dyke Brown on top.
Right now I'm gluing the top left corner, and the brace on the top front.


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 Post subject: Re: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2021 7:54 pm 
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I suppose that was a dark toner here. The top of the cabinet was exposed to sun and humidity which caused cracks.
Do you have the pictures before stripping the cabinet?


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 Post subject: Re: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Sat 11, 2021 8:16 pm 
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No I don't have pictures. All of the lacquer was cracked up. After I got the electrics working, I put it away because the cabinet looked so bad. It hasn't been in the sun or any humidity in the past 15 years.
It looks like Telefunken made 3 cabinets for the Opus 6; a medium toned wood, with no black stripe between the top and rest of the cabinet, a dark wood, same color on all sides and top with black stripe, often found on export US models, then dark toned wood with a black top German domestic model like mine.


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 Post subject: Re: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Tue 14, 2021 4:03 pm 
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Hi,
Do you have a US-Version?
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 Post subject: Re: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Tue 14, 2021 6:01 pm 
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No, it's the German domestic version.


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 Post subject: Re: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Wed 15, 2021 6:22 am 
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Hi!
My brother owns several of these sets.
Do you want some clean pictures to have the right color.
The top was never black.
They used some really deep/dark colors, when shot it may looks black.
Cabinet restos are the most worse things in radio/TV collecting! :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Telefunken Opus 6
PostPosted: Sep Wed 15, 2021 8:17 pm 
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I have already refinished it. I used a dark brown stain on the top with a bit of brown toner. I haven't seen a radio with a dark brown top, I do have a Loewe Opta Hellas 3841W that you can barely see any wood, and a Hellas 3842W that just looks black. Looking at it, it's looks like I think it should have looked back in 1957. I'm waiting on grill cloth to finish it up.


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