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How do you find repair shops that work on old radios?

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Business directories such as Yelp and Yellow Pages list local repair shops. Some popular Web-based radio repair sites are DiscountTwo-WayRadio.com, EverythingRadio.com, AffordableRadioRepair.com, Urban-AntiqueRadio.com and RicksAntiqueRadios.com. For more recommendations, ask members of a local antique radio and television club.

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Narrow your repair shop search by deciding whether your radio needs repairs or restorations. Repairs involve fixing specific problems, such as broken signals or dials. Restoration is performed when you want to return an antique radio to its original state.

Compose a list of local and online radio shops that perform renovations and repairs. Pick the top-rated shops based on customer reviews. Contact repair shops to find out rates, estimated completion time, years in the repair business and acceptable payment methods. Set up an in-person meeting with the local shops that meet your budget and repair needs.

Ask to see before and after pictures of previous work. When viewing previous repairs, ask the repair person about his process. Before visiting shops, research radio repairs and restorations, so that you can ask thorough and specific questions. Check the precision of the repair person's craftsmanship on previous repairs. Bring in your radio, or take pictures of it with attached repair notes to get a more accurate quote of charges.

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