Customer recently brought to us for restoration a classic, vintage Zenith console stereo, model #MH2602M, bearing a chassis designation of 4G21 9H20. We estimate this unit was from the late 1950’s or quite early 1960’s. Customer reported “retro appeal” on the unit: it being fashionable to come to her home and listen to vinyl discs on the stereo console. But her kitty-cats had gotten out of line and clawed up the grill cloth—quite badly—one of the worst cases of pet clawing damage we have seen! BAD kitty! (Customer indicated she has subsequently declawed the little villains, or otherwise disarmed them.)
But, as pet damages go, this one wasn’t amongst the very worst. We did a restoration/replacement of the speaker grill cloth, using material supplied by the customer. Additionally we did some cosmetic treatment of some critical internal fixtures, cleaned all potentiometer controls, and repaired/re-aligned the display glass, which had slipped out of alignment.
We’ve fixed many, many vintage and console stereo units for customers. We’ll add more posts “in future,” as our British friends say.
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Summary: Vintage and Console Stereo Repair at Bammel TV…
“I get a message, it says ‘add beans,’ I add beans and start grinding. then it stops and says, ‘add beans’ again.”
Our master techs and support staff were on the case by January 21st; we determined that the grinder had gone faulty and would have to be replaced.
Upon completing the parts research and vendor sourcing phase, and obtaining manufacturer’s part # for the grinder, we found that one of our reliable parts vendors, Encompass Parts, had the item in stock.
We obtained approval from the customer to proceed with the purchase order and repair on February 9th; part was in on 2/17, and the grinder installation and quality control testing completed by 2/19.
As these units go for ~$2000 used on eBay, and we fixed it for $385, you might say we saved the customer $1600.
Need Delonghi Gran Dama repair? Call the professionals! Call Bammel TV!
We were successful this week in—finally—restoring a customer’s high-end Madrigal Proceed 5 channel, THX-certified power amp. This one was a challenge! The unit had been in another shop—a “chop shop,” as we call them sometimes—and numerous components were swapped into incorrect positions or else were outright removed (or perhaps pilfered, for other, less difficult repairs?) Additionally, getting service literature from this manufacturer is like pulling teeth, so final restoration (which included 9 different, discrete integrated circuits) involved great difficulty. However our team won out over the gremlins, as we usually do.
If we can’t fix it, we’re betting almost no one can.
Summary: Amp Repair Time at Bammel TV
Another one bites the dust at Bammel TV Tech Services. For our Stereo & Electronic Repair page, click here.
We continue to expand the already-huge range of services we provide. Now, we are thrilled to add the Nest Pro Installer accreditation to the list.
The world of smart home automation has become much more than just having a “connected home” or house with some things hooked in to the internet; now, the drive for AI or artificial intelligence is coming home—literally! The very house around us is now capable of exhibiting intelligence. It doesn’t just look cool or respond to programming (although it does do that!); the drive towards modern smart technology is moving towards our homes actually anticipating our needs.
Nest products are at the leading edge of this movement. Those who have heard of Nest may be familiar with their famous smart/learning thermostats, but the company’s agility is huge: they are now offering Nest Protect smart cameras and smart home alarm systems. These products feature great “interoperability”—kind of a buzz phrase, basically it means they talk to each other, and to other products connected via a widely-used communications protocol.
If you have further questions, or need Nest gear installation, call us up to schedule a free in-home advisory. Take advantage of our expertise. You’ll also get 3 extra years of product warranty coverage, just for using a Nest Pro installer. For more information, visit our Smart Home Houston page.
On Tuesday the 13th of October, four of us left Houston bound for the Big D—Dallas TX, site of this year’s CEDIA Expo: the annual trade show for the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association. A ton of planning-and-logistics headaches later (as well as a significant dollar investment later!) we returned to Houston Saturday, October 17th, much the wiser for the experience.
We planned for a very extensive suite of training classes for all four of us, with the idea of “going all in” to the growing field of Smart Home Automation: cram and amass as much exposure as possible into four discrete brains, then start bouncing ideas and possibilities around, and hope for some good outcomes.
We found that it’s difficult to gauge in advance the training quality and utility of the CEDIA classes. Several were not only excellent but into the domain of the revelatory, while others left a decided “meh” impression. Knowing what I know now, I’d have picked a less expansive/less expensive class schedule for the crew; but of course you know what they say about hindsight.
In the end however the overall results were very good: we gained an overall understanding of the scope of this enormous market, as well as an angle on how we might be able to find our niche within it; in particular, for us the growing fields of Smart Home design and Automation and Commercial Audio appear to hold the most promise. This will involve an app-based focus regarding actual smart home automation and control.
This tendency in the market, towards app-based control, will (in our opinion) eventually make life more difficult for the large-scale control platforms; but given the enormous profusion of smartphones and tablets, and the ramping-up bedrock for integrated apps through such services as Apple’s HomeKit, this outcome appears inevitable.
Stay tuned for additions to the Bammel homepage, for Smart Home Houston and Bammel Commercial Audio!
Bammel TV is now emerging as Houston’s go-to shop for electronics repair. Planning and logistics now complete for our upcoming visit to Dallas for the CEDIA home automation/custom integration show. Four of us will be going, as we prepare for the next phase of business development here. Stay tuned for more developments as we move into this exciting field.
Well it was a moral victory anyway, if not a financial one, as our assistant AJ put it. It took us nearly a year, and uncounted hours of tech labor, but finally the job is done: restoration of a 1956 Philco H3410. The repair ended up requiring numerous rare vacuum tubes or “valves” as the Brits say; finding an old-school high-voltage flyback transformer; plus numerous miscellaneous capacitors, resistors, diodes, and a Rheostat—haven’t heard that one in a while—as well as significant corrosion repair.
We added a format convertor to allow modern RCA video-in capability, permitting input from modern sources, as the original rabbit-ear antenna won’t function with today’s signal sources.
Here is video of the final completed repair. Brought to you exclusively by Bammel TV Technology Services, filing under: Vintage Gear Repair, TV Repair.
Hello Houston and all the World! Our new website is, at long last, up and running. What an ordeal! Five years of proposals/reviews, investigations, study, long-lingering uncertainties, concept and art development, more study, wrestling information out of our previous (and incorrigibly incommunicative) hosting company, various trials, code lessons, initial developments— and final rollout—anyway, we are very happy with the new site as it stands. We may do some more tweaking down the road, but we feel it offers a lot more information and utility to our site visitors, and in a far more attractive package.
Here is an image for today’s fun, a Line 6 James Tyler Variax we have in for service. We’ll be posting more information on our work for and relationship with Line 6 in the days ahead.