TIME TO REPAIR....
Since all radios are different (somewhat) and have different parts, the
actual calendar time to repair (the time between receiving the radio and
shipping the repaired unit back) can vary greatly.
The normal turnaround
on a simple home table radio is about one to two weeks. Though the labor hours could
be only 1 to 2 hours, there can always be a delay in getting the
correct parts into my shop. There are over 10,000 tube types which obviously
we cannot stock. We have suppliers across the US that provide us with
tubes and other parts if we do not have them. We do stock most
other components (resistors, capacitors, etc.) that are necessary to
repair a radio.
Finally, would you like us to hurry through your radio in order to
get to the next one? We do not think so. It is not unusual to run into
a radio that is very difficult to turn around quickly. Such simple
things as knobs fitting correctly after replacement of volume controls
can take hours if not days to resolve. Similarly,
restringing can be very time consuming.
order in which we work on radios is oldest in queue gets next
attention. Due to non-payment problems, the order in which repair
starts, will be influenced by probability of timely payment which
includes previous prompt payment, mode of payment etc. Preference will
be given to those who use Paypal
for the repair deposit. This is a good indicator of ability to
pay when the work is completed.
Once we get "into" a radio
it may become apparent that the radio has been modified by a previous
owner. These modifications are above and beyond normal repair work and
represent an attempt to add function to the radio or otherwise modify
the radio so that it is "out of spec". When we discover this, it
alters our ability to within financial limits, to repair the radio. If
we discover this, we will notify the owner, indicating that any
previous estimates may be void and a
CHARGE may apply.
How to have a smooth repair Experience