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Re-purposing an Antique Portable Radio Into a Hip Bluetooth Speaker

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**this instructable will walk you through the process of turning a portable antique radio into a cool looking Hi-Fi bluetooth speaker. it takes into account that you have experience in soldering, working with basic electronics, and enough mechanical dexterity to be able to take things apart and put them back together successfully.**

what's bluetooth?!?!?
i realize not every builder is tech savvy so here's a quickie on bluetooth. bluetooth is a wireless data transfer protocol that uses the same radio frequencies used by 2.4ghz wireless internet (wi-fi) connections. it doesn't work on a network, it connects devices directly to each other and is short range only. 10 feet is about average coverage for bluetooth devices. a bluetooth speaker must be "paired" to a device in order to work. it can be a bluetooth capable cellphone, ipod, computer, or other music playing device. for pairing instructions see the manual to your device.

while normally i prefer to restore most antique radios that come my way, there's a significant under-appreciation for antique tube portables. with few exceptions, most don't bring much in the collector market and their isnt much love for them. i think they look quite cool. some, like the Delco model i used, are wrapped in tweed. what jazz lover doesn't dig tweed?!?!?

my goal was to take this cool tweed covered AM radio, and re-purpose it into something that would look right amongst my other vintage gear yet serve a modern day purpose. i had been wanting a portable bluetooth sound box of some sort for a while and those panzy little extendo speakers didn't suit my taste. i wanted something a bit cooler looking. that's what led to this project!

so, onto the build out!
 
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tom2999 months ago
Destroyed monument ! Defeat!
jhawkins141 year ago
This is very nice. Looks challenging, but I want to try it.
very nice! great work!
ke4mcl (author) 1 year ago
thanks for the positive comments guys!
ivanjacob1 year ago
This is awesome!
impressive project!!
M3G1 year ago
Awesome. I love vintage stuff being repurposed for modern times.