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16X Speaker cloth etc.
Hi Folks,

One thing needed for our 16X restoration is speaker cloth. I have found a couple of pictures on line, but they either don't provide enough detail, or look so good that it isn't possible to be sure the material is original. It is the early 5 band model.

Any assistance would be very welcome.

Another thing I'd like to address is the paper label that should be on the inside of the cabinet with model number and chassis details of valves/tubes used. This was missing from our radio - which made the initial ID much harder, and also, knowing which valves went in which sockets, as they had been switched around! Are reproductions available, or copies of the drawings that I could print? This would be a nice feature to add.


Ed you might want to look here to see what might work for you.
Thank you ! This looks a lot more promising than some other sources I had turned up.


Your 16X looks like this, correct?


This radio has its original cloth.

That pattern was never faithfully reproduced. Back when Radio Grille Cloth Headquarters was in business, John tried to replicate it. It was not an exact copy, so he sold it as generic console cloth. It was a pretty good replacement at the time.

Radio Grille Cloth Headquarters is long gone now, so I would suggest the "Whiskey Rayon" cloth from Kenny Richmond (Richmond Designs) or GRC02 from Radio Daze.
Ron Ramirez
Ferdinand, IN
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Thank you Ron,

What a brilliant Phorum Icon_smile

Yes that is exactly our radio (aside from grillecloth obviously). Thanks for the recommendations.

I have also to reproduce the perforated back over the speaker compartment, but did find helpful pictures for that. It seems the backs were lined on the inside with something like furniture underlining. Is that correct?

Cheers, and thanks again,

I have another question about the cabinet. There is a recess at the rear of the soundboard matching the speaker. It originally had some sort of gasket material to seal between the speaker and the soundboard, and also presumably to prevent vibrations.

What material was used? There is nothing left, save for a few traces which suggest it might have been thick felt or similar.

As usual, any help is gratefully received.



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