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!