One of the most difficult parts of radio repair is re-stringing dial
cord used to tune the radio. We have actually run into older un-documented
radios (1932 or older) where we could not successfully restring the radio.
Without dial stringing documentation, some radios are simply impossible to
A dial string diagram looks like this:
DIAL CORD RESTRINGING
Any radio or repair that requires
restringing the tuning dial cord, costs $45.00 to restring and in some
cases $95.00. If you have never tried to do this then you cannot
appreciate how frustrating and time consuming it is. If you think the
price is too high - be my guest and do it yourself. Restringing can
involve multiple hours and delays due to research [ Many radio
documentation sets do not have adequate dial string diagrams.] A radio
that has a particularly difficult dial cord setup can in the worst case
consume 20-30 hours of actual clock time. We do not bill for this time.
DIAL STRING REPAIR
GERMAN RADIOS -CAUTION!
If your German radio does not tune or the tuning indicator does not move,
then you will need a dial string repair. This can be very expensive because
the knobs must be removed followed by the face plate. The knobs after 50
years have usually become almost welded to their shafts. It is extremely
time consuming and labor intensive to remove these knobs, or impossible to
remove. Thus, when a
German [Blaupunkt, Telefunken, Saba, etc.] radio needs dial string
repair - we will request that the owner remove the knobs before sending the
unit to us. This is precautionary and a cost saving measure - because if you
expend funds to send the radio to us, and we cannot remove the knobs, the
cost of shipping both ways will have been wasted.
Radio Repair Guy