Preserving Our History

About Ralph

Ralph has had a passion for fixing old vacuum tube radios since an early age, inspired by his father who instilled in him a curiosity in electronics and technology. 


Having worked as a service technician in both commercial and industrial electronics, Ralph has been repairing and restoring antique tube radios for over 30 years.  


Now semi-retired, Ralph enjoys pursuing his original passion, challenging himself to diagnose and repair antique radios for the satisfaction of seeing them come back to life.  


Ralph works in the comfort of his home based workshop, which is well equipped to handle any repair or restoration job, and is conveniently located between Barrie and Toronto, in beautiful Innisfil township. 

Restoration Work-in-Progress Photographs

Assessment

Thorough inspection of chassis and cabinet to determine what work needs to be done. 

Disassembly and Stripping

Chassis removed from cabinet and old finishes and trim pieces removed 

Repairs and Restoration

Chassis cleaned and repaired and cabinet restored to original finish or matched to you colour choice 

Finishing Touches

 Chassis re-installed, buttons and trim re-attached and cabinet polished to it's original shine 

Restoration Philosophy

Cabinet refinishing services

Ralph has an unwavering philosophy of caring for antiques, and respects and preserves as much of any original piece as possible. 


 "I believe and understand that antique radios are an important part of our history and often have great sentimental value to their owner. My philosophy is to never let them perish. I work to revive them, rather than replace them, breathing new life into old and worn down radios and restoring them to the fine pieces they once were." 

Touch-up

Anything from nicks, scratches, gouges, water marks and other blemishes, and damage to all types of wood furniture. Sometimes, a touch-up is all you need. 

Refinishing

 Matching or duplicating almost any finish, so you have many color options in most cases.