Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Restoration vs. Repair?
There are many levels of effort that can be expended on old electronic equipment, from basic repairs to full restoration.
Does Essex Radio and Television Service work on very old equipment?
Much of what we do here at the shop involves vintage and antique electronics. People enjoy the warm, analog sound of this equipment – old glories built by the American brands you grew up with – General Electric, RCA Victor, Motorola, etc. People enjoy the beauty, quality and style of a bygone era, when things were built to last, rather than to fail one day after the warrantee is up and then to be thrown away.
Our TV fell over and the screen has cracked, can this be fixed?
No, manufacturers rarely make replacement TV screens available, and when they do the cost for the part would be as much or more than the cost of a new set.
How do I dispose of our old electronic device?
Each town on the North Shore has developed its own policies and procedures to handle the disposal of electronic equipment that may contain mercury or rare earth phosphors. This would include LCD and plasma televisions as well as CRT type TV's. In general, a coupon or sticker must be purchased and attached to the device, which would then be brought to a transfer station or left for road side pickup.
We may be able to assist with disposal, particularly with older or tube devices from which useable parts could be salvaged.
What is the first step to bring vintage or antique electronics back to life?
First – There are Several Basic Rules which must be followed when you have acquired an old piece of electronics or have rediscovered grandma’s old radio:
Can Essex Radio and Television Service pick up my item?
If you need a local pick up to bring your electronic item in for repair, we can help. Just ask!
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