Shipping

You may ship with any carrier you prefer. In both directions the shipping cost is yours. I always recommend insurance.

Never directly wrap any kind of cabinet (plastic or wood) in bubble wrap! If the item sits in heat for some hours, nearly permanent damage may be done to the cabinet’s finish. Always directly cover the item in tissue paper and then wrap with bubble wrap. There after use either wads of something previously readily available called “newspaper” or, if necessary, use those plastic “peanuts.”

A consoles radio requires extra handling. If the radio has a special antenna built into the cabinet, we should discuss the configuration of that antenna. Usually we can surmount that added difficulty. Otherwise there are two main components: the metal chassis and the speaker(s). Prior to removal of the speaker wiring harness, check to ensure there is not a machine screw running through one end or the other of the speaker connector; otherwise damage to that connector can occur if that screw is not firstly removed. All such connectors are keyed, so do not be concerned with male-female orientation (rotation) upon re-assembly when the speaker is returned to you. Never “turn on” a pre-50′s radio with the speaker unplugged! That action can raise havoc in some power supply designs.

The bottom of the chassis requires covering with stiff cardboard as well. If the console also has a phonograph, it is best to ship the entire console, including cabinet, as a unit. The console often has a glass dial cover that needs protection with cardboard, too.

All other kinds of electronic devices should be shipped without dis-assembly. A phonograph of 20′s through 60′s vintage must have some attention paid to the platter and the tone arm. The platter should have a block of foam inserted between the platter and the cabinet so the platter cannot slide off the spindle during shipment. The tone arm should be taped in place with several pieces of masking tape, so the arm does not dance during shipment and either dance against the needle or, in the other direction, bang into the cabinet.

The AC line cord should have a patch of cardboard placed around the plug to prevent it’s being crushed or to prevent its rubbing into the cabinet.



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