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 Post subject: Radio Backs
PostPosted: May Thu 25, 2017 5:35 pm 
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Does anyone know if Dan at http://www.retro-tronics.com is still in business?

The back I need shows out of stock

I emailed on Tuesday and have not heard back. And Yes I realize we all have lives outside of radios.

Does anyone else make backs?

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: May Thu 25, 2017 6:07 pm 
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His ebay listings indicates he is away until May 31

Have you tried the Radio Classified here?

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: May Fri 26, 2017 12:13 am 
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Thanks

I did not see the out until 5/31 notice

Will wait

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Thu 08, 2017 2:12 pm 
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Now the Ebay store just says away and I have not received a response to my email.

Has anyone spoken to Dan?

There is no phone number on his web site.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Thu 08, 2017 5:38 pm 
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oldradio99 wrote:
There is no phone number on his web site.


There is, if you look in an odd place for it... http://www.retro-tronics.com/resume/

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Thu 08, 2017 5:58 pm 
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I saw that but that seemed to be personal and not radio related.

If I don't get an email response. I may try that.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Thu 08, 2017 7:21 pm 
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Hi oldradio99,
Keep us posted on what you find out. I need to order a couple of radio backs from Dan, but have obviously held off until this issue is resolved. I certainly hope that this is temporary, and that Dan will soon be back "up and running". The quality of his work is excellent.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Mon 12, 2017 3:41 pm 
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I just called and Dan is out of the business.

His laser cutter needs repairs and they are trying to sell the business

So I go back to my original question - is anyone else making backs?

I wonder if we could get Radio Daze to buy the business.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Mon 12, 2017 4:22 pm 
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I am very sorry to learn of this. Hopefully someone will purchase it and make a go of it. I would think that one of its more valuable assets would be the large number of patterns, referenced to model numbers, that Dan has accumulated over the years.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Tue 13, 2017 12:28 am 
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Poston Drake wrote:
I am very sorry to learn of this. Hopefully someone will purchase it and make a go of it. I would think that one of its more valuable assets would be the large number of patterns, referenced to model numbers, that Dan has accumulated over the years.



The wife shared with me the problem is the laser cutter needs repairs.

Its all not unrealistic but I don't know how many backs he used to sell or how much room the business takes

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Thu 15, 2017 11:56 am 
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Lost now

Thank you Art for follow up on Dan

Dan made the Fancy Ozarka trim pieces for the Model 93 Cabinet.
He did this twice for me at a reasonable cost.

Just PERFECT re-productions of them.

Have no idea where to turn now.
Needing a set for a on going Restoration


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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 2:12 am 
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Is there any further news about Retro-Tronics? Or any chance that the business might be resumed?

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 4:17 am 
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Poston Drake wrote:
Is there any further news about Retro-Tronics? Or any chance that the business might be resumed?


Only if someone is willing to buy the business and get the equipment repaired.

Other than that, I did not get any sense of home from speaking to his wife.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 3:35 pm 
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A price might be nice to know.

A description of the equipment failure would be nice as well. Lotta smart guys here, might donate their time to repair it.

Location I could probably google but why not give that as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 3:48 pm 
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WeekendHacker wrote:
A price might be nice to know.

A description of the equipment failure would be nice as well. Lotta smart guys here, might donate their time to repair it.

Location I could probably google but why not give that as well.



Not up to me and not my place since I have no affiliation with the business.

Anyone interested would need to contact them directly.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jun Fri 30, 2017 3:58 pm 
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Sad, loss of another cottage industry devoted to our hobby.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jul Sat 01, 2017 9:13 pm 
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I agree with Chas and others, it is sad to lose this high-quality source for radio backs.

Lacking other sources, it appears we are now back to fabricating our own radio backs. Being a finish carpenter by trade, I have made many radio backs from 1/8" masonite hardboard. But of course via the old-fashioned way, by hand tools and/or conventional shop equipment, never having had access to a laser cutter. My problem has never been in making these backs, but rather knowing what they are supposed to look like. Lacking a sample or photo, I have usually just used my imagination. As I commented earlier in this thread, one of the biggest assets of Retro-Tronics was not just their ability to cut these with a laser cutter, but even more so the tremendous inventory of patterns which they have accumulated, all referenced to specific radio models.

Here is a suggestion to others: While the Radio-Tronics website is still active (and since the business is now defunct, who knows for how long?) it might be a good idea to copy and print out some of the specific radio back photos for any radios which you have needing backs, or any you anticipate needing in the future. Thus if you have to fabricate them yourself, or hire someone to do it for you, at least you will have a general idea of what they should look like.

I am aware that there are many other websites which also show radio backs, such as radiomuseum.org , etc. But these are likely to stay around for a while, whereas the Retro-Tronics website may vanish at any time. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jul Sat 01, 2017 11:58 pm 
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I do not have the room but has anyone tried calling to find out what he wants for the business and the details on software and equipment?

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jul Sun 02, 2017 12:45 am 
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My neighbor had one of those laser machines and I asked him make a couple of backs for me. He said it was very time consuming for the cutting process and at $25 a back you would never come out ahead. The backs with all the little round holes took the longest to make. The machine was over 10 grand.

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 Post subject: Re: Radio Backs
PostPosted: Jul Sun 02, 2017 2:29 am 
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Does anyone happen to know what power of laser (I assume it's a CO2 laser) is needed to cut car door liner material (probably the preferred raw material)?

If you're good at CAD, this doesn't look that hard. A suitable machine today might cost less than they did in the past.

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