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Tip #1

When shipping a radio, packing the unit inside the box with adequate padding is only the first part. Are the chassis, and speaker securely mounted in the cabinet? Are all "void" spaces filled with foam, bubble wrap or, packing peanuts? **Being careful not to damage speaker, or put a strain on the speaker cone itself, or grillecloth.** Are all wire harnesses secure? If not, use a cable tie, or a tape other than masking tape- Masking tape adhesive will crystallize under some conditions and will become difficult or impossible to remove. Don't rely on the tubes to be secure in their sockets- wrap each one individually, and pack these into a seperate box that will fit safely inside the box the radio is shipped in. Place cardboard sheeting inside of the radio over the speaker if you are placing the box, or anything else in the area where the speaker is located.
The reason for packing in this manner may seem excessive, but consider this: UPS has an "un-official" test recomendation for shippers that is called the "drop test". In other words, can your package survive a fall of four feet? Onto Concrete? The conveyor system that they use for efficiency has numerous drop points, approaching 3-4 feet in height.   This is not an idictment against that comapny,as all companies handle packages in some manner, and even if it were completely manual; people do drop things, but for other reasons I do NOT ship UPS, and never could recommend them again. I list this shipping tip/information so that you pack your valued equipment with the full knowledge of what it may get subjected to, regardless of which shipping company you choose, are they good on their insurance? With something as valued as a potentially ir-replaceable antique, is it really worth the inconvenience of filing a claim if it does get damaged? It is better to "bullet proof" for shipping than to repair it after shipping.

Tip #2

Light scratches can be effectively hidden with an application of Lemon oil. Unlike Linseed oil, and Tung oil, Lemon oil will "dry" on surfaces that have been fiinshed previously. Tung and Linseed Oils do not fully "dry", and can leave a "gummy" feel on the surface of the item, which can attract dust, and darken the item even more than desired.
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