Give a Vintage Tube Radio an MP3 Upgrade

Give a Vintage Tube Radio an MP3 Upgrade

Joelle Alcaidinho
Nov 16, 2010

We love seeing projects that upcycle vintage tech. Taking something that looks great but does not have all the functions you need and turning it into your ideal piece of tech is not only great for the planet it's also rather thrifty. This Instructable takes something that we love the look of, the 1930s tube radio, and gives it some 2010 chops in the form of an MP3 upgrade, just what the good upcycling doctor ordered.

Instructables user M3talhead restored a vintage tube radio to near-original condition and in the process, upgraded it to play to MP3s with a low cost, easy to build AM transmitter.

Aside from the soldering skills that are required, this project also requires familiarity with basic electronics (ie you are comfortable wielding a multimeter). To make this project, in addition to the vintage radio, you'll also need several other supplies and tools like wire strippers, audio transformers, and a 1Mhz crystal oscillator.

We think this project is a great way to upgrade your vintage tech to work with modern standards. Since the model he used for this project is a 1936/1937 Emerson AL130 purchased on eBay for less than $60, this project is also economical and easy on the budget.

What are your suggestions for how to improve on this project?

Check out the post on Instructables, for the simple DIY instructions.

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[Images: Instructables user M3talhead]

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