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almost a full year. Regular updates should be resuming soon.
ATTENTION: Due to several members of staff and family dealing with
significant personal health problems & requiring time to recuperate, we must
downsize operations to Part Time until further notice.
Car accident injuries, surgery, & other issues affecting some
staff members have resulted in several members of the team taking medical leave
or being placed on light duty per doctors' orders. We are training newcomers to
the team to fill in during these absences, & we expect everyone to be back & in
great shape in a few months. Considering a new Apprentice candidate as of July,
330-307-6213 -- Mobile
Phone (Free call for Sprint PCS
customers with "Unlimited PCS-to-PCS" calling plan)
We are one of only a few shops fully equipped for
Color TV Restoration and actively advertising this service.
All 21" Round-CRT Models and most Rectangular-CRT
(Tube, Hybrid, or Early Modular Solid State Chassis) Models are
supported by or Service Equipment
1964 Zenith 25LC30 Color TV, Before Restoration
The "Roundie" models are a particular favorite of the Technical team at
Amptech Systems / TUBETVSHOP.COM, the first Color TV sets we remember
from childhood & the first Color TV sets we learned to service as
Student / Apprentice Service Technicians.
1964 Zenith 25LC30 21" Round-CRT Color TV After
Complete Electronic & Cosmetic Restoration
Early Postwar B/W Models are another of our
Our great familiarity with these early Postwar designs
such as the
RCA KCS-20 &
KCS-21 & KCS-26 Chassis,
RCA KRK-2B RF Unit (13-Channel
TV Tuner), Dumont RA-103 through RA-113, and Mallory "Inductuner" (both
the 13-Channel and 12-Channel versions) RF Units means that even the
Restoration of sets in "rough" condition is often possible.
** SPECIAL NOTE**
To our clients who intend to
buy unrestored Vintage TV items via eBay which we will ultimately be
Restoring, be certain to ask the Seller about making arrangements for
shipping the set directly to our Restoration Shop for you. We will
provide Packaging and Shipping Insurance Terms-Of-Service Compliance
instructions to Sellers at no additional cost for any eBay-purchased
item whose Buyer pre-schedules for a Restoration Estimate with us during
the completion of Shipping Arrangements with the item's Seller (Standard
Pre-Restoration Deposit applies). We will provide V.I.P. Service
in minimizing the possibility of shipping damage and in supervising
resolution of Insurance claims in the unlikely event that some problem
does occur. (Pre-sale photos of the item and photographic
documentation of its Packaging will prove exceptionally helpful in
verifying the item's pre-sale Condition and Insurance T.O.S. compliance
of its Packaging). We refuse to permit any valid Insurance claim
to escape payment. We are so certain of our ability to secure
Resolution of any valid claim that failure to secure Resolution for any
set known to have been packaged in full compliance with Insurance T.O.S.
is the ONLY case in which a Pre-Restoration Deposit is refundable.
(Deposit remains non-refundable in case of non-compliance by Buyer or
Seller with Insurance T.O.S.)
Shipping Damage: An Extreme Case Saved by our
Technical staff & Insurance TOS Compliance
We have even saved some sets after extreme cases
of shipping damage over the years, but full compliance with Insurance
TOS in packaging is critical for purposes of holding shippers
accountable for costs associated with repairing damage clearly caused
by rough handling in transit.
The 1949 Fada Model 930 pictured below is one example
of an Amptech Systems success story. This set was dropped in transit,
breaking its picture tube. Worse, the tube imploded on impact, large
chunks of heavy broken glass propelled by about a ton of air pressure
literally crushed nearby structures inside the set & some cabinet corner
joints were split on impact.
Packaged exceptionally well & shipped with
adequate insurance, the shipper was ultimately held accountable & the
cost of repairing the damage was reimbursed so that the
Restoration involved no additional cost to the client. The set was
eventually donated by the estate of its owner to the Early Television
Foundation & is currently on display at the Early Television Museum in
Hilliard, Ohio & accompanied by a plaque identifying the exhibit as a
donation from the estate of a deceased client of Amptech Systems.
Before Restoration - 1949 Fada Model 930
After Restoration - Same 1949 Fada Model 930
Attention Philco Predicta owners! We have just completed
documentation of a Philco Predicta Restoration and are ready to showcase that we
offer Restoration for all models in the Predicta series and all
conventional-cabinet models using chassis of the Predicta class (such as the
Miss America and Slender Seventeener models).
View Dave's excellent
article and photos here.
You may also want to visit Big Dave's personal Vintage TV site to view his
impressive collection. Dave's personal page is located at
We now offer re-stuffing service for multi-section
electrolytic capacitors. Cost is $10 to $25 labor plus materials (varies
by number of sections, capacitance and working voltage ratings of individual
sections). Original capacitor units must be structurally intact (mounting ring
and lugs unbroken). Email Us
to request a quote for custom re-stuffing of specific capacitor types.
We are also equipped to service Vintage Automobile Radio. Service
available for all tube-type and most transistor models, 6V or 12V DC, positive
or negative ground. Our Bench Power Supply can operate any Vintage Auto
Radio for troubleshooting, alignment, or post-service testing. We have
serviced radios for 1937 Plymouth, 1953 Buick, 1963-65 AMC/Rambler, 1970-75
General Motors, and others.
Experience has shown that foreign sets typically require replacement of a far
greater number of their original components during Restoration than American
products require in order to obtain satisfactory performance. For this
reason, and due to a trend we have observed whereby foreign products typically
require far more Labor during the debugging process, we have determined that
Restoration of foreign sets is typically not economically feasible. We
will no longer accept Restoration requests for foreign items. Limited
exceptions to this new policy will be made at our discretion, but Labor rates
and prepaid Deposit amounts for the servicing of imported items will be greater
than those for American sets.