So last week I am over at my sisters house, and my brother in law, who knows I love old school retro stuff, brings out a dusty old boombox. He found it while cleaning out his storage and was going to toss it or use it as a decoration piece. Immediately I'm thinking wow this thing is awesome, but it wasn't until after a quick google search that I realized I has something very special in my hands. At this point I realized that he probably didn't know the value of it, and told him that I can't accept it. He insisted I keep it anyway!
So here I am, clueless about boomboxes, holding onto what is apparently one of the more sought after boomboxes out there! Regardless, it's something that I will cherish forever, and I can't wait to learn more and get this thing back to it's former glory! So far I have taken the back off, and started cleaning it up a little bit.
The issues that will need to be addressed:
-missing "Audio Visual" and "Disco Lite" emblems
-missing button on "Normal/Metal" switch
-tape door hinge broken
-tuning string came completely loose while pulling apart the case, I have no clue how it goes back together
-volume slider is noisy/crackling. It goes from dead quiet to very loud with little movement
Here it is first time firing it up at home.
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A little bit of metal polish and a q-tip and the tape deck buttons shined up like new. Left is before, right is after polishing.
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Dirty switches. From the research I have done, this is likely the cause for the volume issues, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus for how to clean this. Suggestions?
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Thanks for reading. I can already see this turning into yet another expensive hobby!