I must be insane! Ekco A22...
Not an update on my set, but thought I'd share this with you all!
Got a message from my Uncle on facebook today, turned out he'd found another A22 in black and chrome coming up for auction by Recycle Auctions in Lincolnshire, now for the bad news, the final hammer price it reached the dizzy heights of..........
Yes, £68.. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE!! I just hope it went to a good home, and not for some rubbish bluetooth speaker modification bodge. It looked to be in much better condition then mine, had all it's knobs and the back too, even had some old cloth covered cable sticking out of the back!
Just goes to show, not everyone knows the worth of these!
Just a thought Lloyd, it may be worth contacting the auction house to see if they are able to pass on the details of the winner of the set.
You never know, the new owner might be willing to pass it on if they are for example, an antiques dealer or suchlike.
To understand the black art of electronics is to understand witchcraft.
Well, the year is nearly done, and one thing that’s definitely not done is the restoration of this radio! Fear not, my New Years resolution is to get on with it, and to that end I have got on and purchased one of the repro A22 dials on eBay, so that’ll be here sometime soon!
Also on the cards is doing something with that chrome ring, I haven’t a clue where to get it rechromed properly, well, not yet anyway, but I have had a crazy thought for a stop-gap solution I can do myself, how about chrome effect vinyl wrap?! It’s meant for sticking on cars, and can be stuck to funny shaped things, so why not an A22 dial ring?! Best of all it’s easily reversed simply by peeling it off, so long as it doesn’t peel off all on its own after a week I think it could look quite good! I’m going to order some and give it a go, the stuff is available for about £3-5 for a roll, so if it turns out completely naff I haven’t lost much.
anyway, here’s to a happy new year to all, let’s see what wonders 2020 brings! 🍻
I’ve tried the chrome effect paint once before, can’t remember what make it was, but I’m afraid I got the same result as you! Biggest problem I found with it was that even when dry, you could rub it off with your fingers! I tried giving it a coat of lacquer, which just turned it grey, so gave up with it. I’ve still got it somewhere. Strangely, it looked no different to bog standard silver paint when it was first sprayed onto something!
The thing that is really bothering me about getting it chromed professionally is the thought of it getting lost, or damaged, I did find a company that you can post parts to for re-chroming, but I don’t trust the postal service one little bit! If it was lost, it’d take a hell of a lot to find another, and because it’s from a round Ekco it’d have a price tag to match.
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Cheers for those links, certainly worth looking into!
not much to report on ‘progress’... I have got some black epoxy potting compound to try making knobs with, looks very thick and gloopy, I hope it goes a bit more runny when mixed!
I’ve fitted my 2 home made waxies, they look ok, still need to make some for the other values. The nice new repro dial that I ordered on New Year’s Eve still hasn’t arrived!! Tried messaging the seller, but got no response, then I looked at my ‘sent’ messages and the 2 messages I sent were not there! So I expect there is some sort of technical issue with eBay and their messaging service, I’ve tried their customer service department, and they are worse than useless! Sent them an email detailing the problem, and received a scripted spiel about their ‘money back guarantee’ and how to open a case.... and the bit that really got my back up was the bit at the end saying ‘we trust this answers your question, thank you for contacting customer services. If you require further assistance, please reply to this message’ so I did, and guess what? The message I sent isn’t in my sent box!!! Absolute head against brick wall time...
never mind, I’ll sit and mix some epoxy while I wait for eBay to fix itself!
I've been playing with the epoxy potting compond that arrived the other day, and can now share the very first result of my experiments!
I think it's come out pretty well, it's not totally dry yet, it says it should fully cure in 7 days, and I only mixed a bit yesterday. Sadly there is a pinhole in it, caused by an air bubble which didn't make it to the surface, so I'll have to be more careful of that on the next ones I make. I've got more than enough resin to make a fair few knobs, so I will do that and cherry pick the best ones. I also want to try and add a brass or aluminium insert for the grub screw during moulding, so I don't have to fart about drilling the knob out afterwards, so that way the knobs will emerge from the mould complete and ready to fit, no doubt they will still need a little fettling, but hopefully much less than they otherwise would.
This is the potting compound I used, If the knob looks all good after it's curing time is over, then I'll see about filling the hole in the cabinet with the same stuff too. Another good thing I noticed whilst mixing this stuff up, it doesn't stink!! The polyester resin I used previously used to stink the workshop out, this stuff however doesn't really have much of a smell to it.
Another rather abitious project I have in the pipeline is to make some knobs for a Murphy A100!
Now they look to be rather difficult..
Time for another update, the new dial has arrived!
I must say, I think it was money well spent, there is no way I could have made anything myself that would even come close to this, it's really nice, properly screen printed onto the rear of the clear plastic dial, this is probably as close to an original dial as you can get, without it actually being an original. It's certainly made this restoration much easier.
The home-made dial that came with this set originally will end up with the 'spare' chassis, and I'll probably go to the great expense of a new 'photocopy' of an original dial, to replace the water stained one!
I think now is a good time to put all my projects to one side, and have a damn good tidy up in the workshop, I'm thinking of extending the workbench a little, currently it's 1.5M, I think extending it to 2M would be good, I'd just have to find somewhere else to put the Ekco T368, which is currently on top of the Murphy V250C.. It'll also help when I finally give my boss his wine fridge back! That's been in here for over a week on the workbench whilst I sorted out a new thermistor for the temperature control.
Back to the Ekco, once the bench is free again, I can get the lathe out and make some inserts for the knobs, then I think I'll try using the drill press to keep the inserts central whilst the epoxy cures, it'll all make more sense when I take some pictures of it!
List of things left to do to it now;
- find replacement speaker cloth
- get ring re-chromed
- Make a good set of knobs
- fill hole in cabinet
- find a back, or make one
- refurbish the output transformer/ get the spare one re-wound
- finish tidying replacement components/ make some new waxies
- get a nice bit of mains lead!
- make the video of the restoration
Hopefully that's it then! It could still go on well into next year though.