|The World's ONLY BBB Accredited Service Dedicated to the Repair,
Restoration and Conversion of Classic Car Radios and 8 Track Players
1950 Motorola 500 AM Tube Radio
(2) Electrophonic 8 Track Receivers
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|I Make Your Car Radio / 8 Track Player Sound BETTER Than When it Was BRAND NEW !
|Take a look
at my long
|4783 N. Glenrosa Circle
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
|First Time Customers: Please Read This Entire Page BEFORE Calling Me at 928-533-9666
|For FM Conversion, USB, MP3 and Bluetooth, see "Adding FM" tab at top of page
|BBB Accredited Dealer for Aurora Design FM Conversion Products
|With NO visible changes to your prized classic radio or combination radio/8 track, I can
turn it into a modern POWERHOUSE with all the modern features and conveniences, and
NO wires, pigtails, dongles or cigarette lighter plugs to get in the way. Check this out:
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|For Delco systems with a separate radio and 8 track player, Barry's 8 Track Repair is the
WORLD'S ONLY SHOP that offers full conversion of the 8 track player also, giving your unit
the BRIGHTEST SOUND EVER to match the sound quality of your converted radio !
|The world's most
8 track technician
SEE MORE THAN
OF MY WORK
|2 miles in the
air, it cannot,
ever fail !
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|FM Conversion - Bluetooth - USB - Power Upgrades
|On this type of radio, you can have
DOUBLE the number of FM station
presets - for more info click HERE
|Check Out My Video of a Converted 8 Track Radio with Bluetooth and USB Features
|Video of My Full Delco System Conversion
|This Video Highlights My Extensive Pre-Shipment Testing
Processes, Including Four Channel Spectral Analysis
|Great, I Want YOU to Service My Radio - How Do We Proceed ?
|A brief phone call is welcome, but the number of available options is far too
great to discuss in depth while I'm working on a customer's unit. Prices and
options are on the right side of this page above the band pictures, as well as
on the work order you will be printing and filling out to send with your radio.
Anything discussed on the phone is NOT an agreement. When you print and
fill out a work order stating your options and preferences, THEN we have an
agreement once I collect payment. If you don't have it IN WRITING, I didn't say
it. And if it's not on the work order, you didn't request it and it won't be done.
ALL THAT TRULY COUNTS IS WHAT HAS BEEN PUT IN WRITING. I do not
participate in "handshake" deals or gentlemen's agreements, as doing this
leaves too much room for misunderstandings and arguments later on.
Since most new customers ask the same questions, I do ask the customer to
first click on any of the flashing purple rectangles you see here BEFORE calling:
If you still have questions, of course you are welcome to call or E-mail me.
Please note that I don't do business or advertise locally, and thus do not
need to keep normal business hours. I typically work in shifts between 24
and 36 hours, then sleep for 16 hours with zero regard to the time of day.
(You might notice that many of my videos are made in the middle of the night)
Once you have chosen your options and preferences, it's time to print and
fill out a work order. To do that, simply click on any of the flashing GREEN
rectangles you see below - or to go straight to the work order, click HERE
MOST IMPORTANT ! You MUST pack your radio MY WAY to protect the long
and delicate control shafts. Replacement controls are ONLY available from a
similar unit, which the CUSTOMER must purchase if this control is needed.
IF YOUR UNIT ARRIVES WITH A DAMAGED CONTROL FROM CARELESS
PACKING, IT WILL BE RETURNED UNSERVICED due to the nightmare of
unnecessary delays and complications it adds to an otherwise routine job.
Gentlemen, there is NO DISRESPECT intended - quite the contrary. This is
simply the reality of the industry. The prices of original classic units are
skyrocketing, and they're only going in one direction - that's UP. Look up
prices (IF you can find your model), and that's what you're adding to your
repair bill if it arrives with a broken control from careless packing.
Unlike electronic components, controls are generally not interchangeable
from one model to another. They are composed of up to 7 or more sections,
with each section having a specific resistance, taper and tap percentage.
Combine this with different shaft lengths and replacement becomes hopeless.
Your radio MUST be packed using my PROTECTIVE CARDBOARD SLEEVE
as shown in the video below. DON'T slide lengths of PVC pipe over the
control shafts. DON'T push the controls through pieces of styrofoam. DON'T
use inflatable plastic pillows against metal objects, and DON'T throw a bare
unit into a box of peanuts thinking it's protected - IT'S NOT !
PACK IT MY WAY - IT IS A REQUIREMENT, NOT A SUGGESTION:
Prices and Options
For CAR Units
Repair to Original Stock
Not always possible due to issues
concerning parts availability, long
term reliability and especially
- - - - FIRE SAFETY ! - - - -
Delco T-200 8 Track Player - 365.00
Delco T-400 8 Track Player - 295.00
Aftermarket 8 Track Player - 195.00
Aftermarket Combination Radio
with 8 Track - 249.00
Classic Combination 8 Track Radio
Classic AM Radio - Conversion Only
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AM-FM Radio - Conversion Only
All TUBE Radios - Must See First
to Determine Possible Options
Car Record Players - 395.00
Note: "Classic" refers to Delco,
Ford, Mopar, AMC and other
units made FOR THAT CAR.
All others are considered as
"Aftermarket" in my shop.
Prices do not include return
shipping, and assume the unit
is in reasonably serviceable
condition - NO BROKEN
CONTROLS OR EXCESSIVE
VISIBLE RUST. Minor tuner
service is included in my rates,
but not button replacement.
(Can be Done on ANY Radio)
Basic FM Conversion - adds FM
capability, free AUX input and
180 watts "peak" audio power
Radio-only unit - 415.00
Combination 8 Track Radio - 549.00
Add BLUETOOTH - add 149.00
Add USB Reader - add 125.00
SAVE BY ADDING BOTH USB
AND BLUETOOTH - add 225.00
HD / DIGITAL CAPABILITY
- add 125.00
|For Prices to Repair HOME
Units, Please Click HERE
|Don't Believe Me? Then Watch This Brief Video -
and DO Compare its Sound to Those From ANY Radio Shop!
|But Let's Not Stop There !
|Who knows better than a
musician with FIVE awards
from Billboard, two ASCAP
memberships and a self-
produced CD on the market
what music from YOUR car
radio should sound like?
|Severe. Extreme. Intense
and passionate in life, love,
music and work - that's me.
Listen to one of my songs
by simply clicking HERE
|Hear, purchase and download
my music from ANY major
music download site such as
Rhapsody, iTunes, etc.
OR, just listen to it for FREE
at the bottom of my "Videos"
page - you've already made
me the "star" of the 8 track
world, and I don't have to
spend months on the road
living out of hotel rooms and
wishing I was on the bench
fixing customers' radios -
THANK YOU !
|New buttons are made of ALUMINUM, and you will literally break your TUNER
before you break one of these "almost industrial" preset buttons. My design
comes from 25+ years of metal fabrication skills acquired in the HVAC trade,
matching old ductwork to new furnaces and doing "whatever it takes" to
get air to each room in houses once heated with boiler-radiator systems.
Over the years I've seen some clever efforts to repair broken pushbuttons,
but they have all been focused mainly on appearance and still depend
heavily on the most delicate structural element - thin, brittle plastic. Well,
anyone who knows me also knows my passion in every aspect is what?
LONG. TERM. RELIABILITY. You guys know I'll fight you tooth and nail -
even cancel the job - if you threaten my workmanship longevity by trying to
rush me. You also know I don't accept "just fix this or that" type jobs. In
my shop it's do it BEST the first time, or don't do it. Sorry, it's a sickness.
It's for this reason I won't look for a replacement PLASTIC button that has
already proven itself a high-failure item. I replace the entire set with buttons
that will never break again, and this is MY way of repairing this Ford tuner.
Buttons must be installed by me in my shop, and cannot be sold outright.
ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN UPGRAGE - WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
|Is This Your Radio? Yes - The One With One Or More
Broken Tuner Preset Pushbuttons - Maybe ALL Broken ?
|No Worries - I've Got You Covered !
|The preset buttons are notoriously thin and brittle on this very popular type
of unit. And after 50 cycles of blazing sun followed by freezing temperatures,
they have become even more brittle and are very - VERY - easy to break.
If you ask anyone for a new replacement, you might get laughed at. There
is no known source for ANY purely cosmetic items anywhere in the world.
Thus, the only available replacements will be on a similar model. With the
prices of even nonworking classic car radios skyrocketing, it's not overly
displausible for a customer to spend $1000+ JUST FOR A SILLY BUTTON.
And even when you do procure a replacement, it will be the exact same thing:
A 50 year old piece of thin, brittle plastic that is likely to break if used much.
Don't waste your money - let's do THIS instead:
Old and Broken
NEW and UNBREAKABLE !
|WORLDWIDE DIGITAL COMPATIBILITY
is now available with ANY conversion !
|ITEM FOR SALE
|COMPLETE Motorola Model 500 AM Tube Radio
with Vertical Control Head, Linkages and Knobs
Completely Original, Untouched Inside, WORKING
|This lucky gem of the past has enjoyed a safe and cushy life for the most part, as is evidenced by the gleaming
chrome and absence of clouding on the dial of the control head, as well as the still-intact speaker grille cloth.
Inside it still has all the original capacitors, with the only apparent service being previous repair of the vibrator.
It wouldn't start, so I removed the vibrator for another quick repair and the radio came to life. The speaker sounds
clear and solid, no fuzzy "blown" noise, and the radio can reach somewhat disturbing volume levels with clean,
strong sound. The dial accuracy is slightly off but allows full pickup range. Reception is "pretty darn decent",
picking up all 3 stations available in my area - one strong and two weak stations all play acceptably.
Since each potential buyer may have different plans, I stopped there. Some may want to keep it completely original as
a working indoor display piece, while another customer will want to install it in his car - which means capacitor
replacement is an absolute must and I can correct the dial reading and install a new vibrator before shipment.
A younger antique car enthusiast might want the latest features in this beautiful classic radio - FM, Bluetooth,
Digital Compatibility, USB reader, Aux input, etc. So many possibilities, and I'm happy to discuss them.
Note that due to its age and the lack of new replacement parts, I can only place a warranty on this unit if the
customer opts for a modern internal conversion. In this case, the warranty covers everything except the
mechanical tuner, original volume control and mechanical linkages.
Note that the gold lettering was repainted by hand using paint not meant for such application, and should be
covered with clear coat, epoxy or redone professionally by Instrument Specialties
|The base price for this radio in its present (working) condition is 295.00 + shipping. Of
course, further repairs or a conversion will add to the price. Call 928-533-9666 for details.
It will include a video of the unit working properly, but at the VERY least it will require
a new vibrator which simply plugs in and requires no electronics experience. The existing
vibrator has been repaired at least twice and can't be expected to last long at all. The
vibration from shipping alone could make it fail again, or it can just croak without warning.
Works on 6 volts, positive OR negative ground, in its original condition. More pictures
are below. Click any image to view full size. Check out the video HERE
|QUICK NOTE ABOUT VIBRATORS, RADIOS AND GROUNDING: ALL radios, tube and solid state, are NEGATIVE ground. It is the vibrator that allows use in a
positive ground system by converting pulses of DC, negative OR positive, into low voltage AC which can then be transformed to high voltage AC. By this
time, the polarity of the DC input voltage no longer matters, and the AC produced is always rectified and filtered for a NEGATIVE ground radio.
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For the casual browser who is
just surfing for interesting tidbits
of music-related information, I
have transferred my musical
interest and curiosity from the
stage to the history books.
For you guys who think the life of
most professional musicians is a
cool and glamorous one, from our
end it's mostly a series of parking
hassles, drunks slobbering and
wanting to shake your hand (and
keep HOLDING your hand), mixed
with prayers that the buffet style
food is still okay by the time the
band gets to it. Yep, pretty neat.
So instead of hauling gear back
home at 3 in the morning, I'll spend
that time instead researching
interesting and surprising stuff
about bands. That is, only music
that was available on 8 track or
before. Popular music in general
tanked about the same time as the
8 track, so it seems the thing to do.
Check back SOON for the links -
I need to fill in this column so this
page doesn't look like it was made
from a bunch of Playskool blocks !
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|ELECTROPHONIC AM-FM-8 TRACK RECEIVER (RECORDS ONTO 8 TRACK TAPE)
|Records onto 8 track tape from radio, mic or phono input which can also be used with your phone, MP3 player, CD
player, satellite radio, DVD or computer audio - any audio source that produces a line level or headphone level
signal. Note that this is a budget type receiver, meaning its Phono input is designed to work with the cheaper
ceramic cartridges found in budget grade BSR and other automatic turntables. To work with professional and
audiophile grade turntables that have MAGNETIC cartridges, an external phone preamp would be required.
"Dual Music System" apparently showcases the fact that there are 2 headphone jacks, as there are no other
features that would warrant the term "dual". External antenna required for best FM reception. The 8 track section
has a somewhat heavy duty transport, not the cheaper Mitsumi transport found in many budget 8 track receivers.
Solid performer with rather modest output power. Automatic recording level control. Cool, unique design.
195.00 plus shipping - own it NOW by calling 928-533-9666
|ELECTROPHONIC MODEL T600 AM-FM-8 TRACK RECEIVER
|NOTE: This model was designed for use with small and very efficient
budget grade speakers. 2 way speakers, especially containing woofers with
foam surrounds, will rob most of the output power possibly causing excessive distortion.
This is typical of many receivers that have a single "Tone" control instead of "Bass" and "Treble".
|MORE AUDIO POWER THAN RECEIVER ABOVE
SEPARATE BASS AND TREBLE CONTROLS
DEEPER BASS, CRISPER HIGHS
|This receiver has a more robust output section, as is generally indicated by the separate bass and treble controls.
Tuning meter works but is somewhat sticky, never going below half scale in operation. FM Stereo indicator lamp
circuitry is defective, but does not affect FM Stereo reception (proven by switching between "FM" and "FM MPX").
External antenna required for best FM reception; AM reception is excellent with built-in antenna.
The 8 track section has a heavy duty, high quality AC motor - not a cheap 12 volt DC motor. Phono input may be
used with any audio device capable of producing a line level or headphone level signal.
249.00 plus shipping - own it NOW by calling 928-533-9666
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|With 1000's of NEW 8 Track Motors, I Can Fix ALL Popular Car - AND Most Home Machines !