Congratulations on your decision to ship your radio for repair. The most critical stage in the repair process is the packaging and shipping of your radio or phonograph.

Use this page to help in preparing a radio, phonograph or television for shipment to be serviced. You may wish to Print this page and refer to it as you prepare your unit. Place a Check mark next to each step as you complete it.

Please also see the UPS shipping guide for additional packaging information.

Taking adequate time to properly and sufficiently pack a vintage table radio before shipping, is well worth the time, effort, and expense. It will also help prevent the heartbreak that inevitably comes, when a one-of-a-kind set has been inadvertently damaged during shipping. Cabinet damage is tragic enough, but a broken dial glass is literally irreplaceable. When that happens, there’s simply no turning back the clock. Remember…“It’s not just a radio, it’s history you can use.” – Your Past, Your Future, Your Now

Materials Needed

Boxes x 2 (see instructions below)
Packing/Strapping Tape.
Foam Peanuts.
Bubble Wrap.
Extra Cardboard.

To properly pack and ship a vintage tube radio or phonograph:
  • Use a strong, over-sized corrugated carton; heavy gauge, like a sturdy air conditioner or television box.
  • You’ll need at least 4″ of space, surrounding the top, bottom, and all sides, after the set has been properly wrapped with at least 4″ of large ( ½” size) bubble wrap. It’s more effective, and often less expensive than using the small bubble wrap.
  • Do not encase in bubble wrap yet! There are other things to do still.
  • DO NOT use a “Pak ’n Mail”- type service to perform this task for you.
    Many will use only generic, flimsy boxes, and basic/standard packing methods, with very little regard for the end result. Certainly, there are positive exceptions, but plan to do it, yourself; it’s not worth taking the risk with your unique, valuable radio.
  • Place Small or loose parts in bags and label them.
  • Remove loose tubes from chassis and pack tubes wrapped in newspaper or bubble wrap in a second carton. Be sure all remaining tubes in the radio are secure and not loose. You may wish to hold them down with some tape – Do Not put tape over any labels either on tubes or chassis. Do not use masking tape.
  • Bundle the power cord and/or antenna wires using rubber bands or twist ties, then place in a zip lock bags to keep from scratching the cabinet or other parts. Gently place inside of cabinet if possible.
  • Older radios with 3 or more wires connected to the speaker, will require the speaker to be shipped as well. * see note
  • Carefully place enough bubble wrap to loosely fill any large cavity inside the set. Do not try to pack so tightly that things will get broken by either inserting or removing bubble wrap. Use common sense.
  • Check all chassis mounting screws. Make sure they are there (Not Missing) and tight. A loose chassis will most always damage your radio during shipment. Shifting may occur and the dial glass or other delicate parts might get broken.
  • Turn all tuning dials to the low end of the band. For example, tune the AM band so the pointer is set to – 550kc) Unless dial string is broken.
  • Wrap your equipment to keep packing materials from entering chassis. Important! You may wish to use a large garbage bag, shrink/stretch wrap, or even a soft cloth. Tape in place – but do not put packing/strapping tape directly on the radio cabinet surface. When removing, the finish could be pulled right off.
  • Fill the area in front of the dial glass with just enough bubble wrap to make it flush with the front of the cabinet.
  • Cut a piece of cardboard large enough to cover the entire front place in front of dial glass area for extra protection! Tape in place.
  • Wrap the entire set in 4″ of bubble wrap. Top, Bottom and Sides. As you wrap the set consider marking the top, that way you avoid placing the radio in the carton upside down; not a good thing for any radio or phonograph.
  • Line the bottom of the carton with 3-4″ of packing peanuts. This will condense down to about 2-3″ after radio is inserted and settled.
  • Insert the radio with the top end up. While gently pushing down, shake or vibrate radio to settle into place.
  • Fill sides and top with packing peanuts.
  • IMPORTANT! In an envelope, put your name, address and phone numbers, including daytime and evening numbers. Include any email correspondence and email address. Describe any problems you have noted with the radio or phonograph and level of service you most desire. Place envelope inside the box.
  • Seal the box with packing/strapping tape. Place 3 strips down the middle seam and 1 strip down each of the side seams.
  • Mark the top as: TOP or This Side Up!
  • For the Double box method, use a second box 3″ larger than first box. Line bottom with 3-4″ of packing peanuts and insert first box. sturdy double wall carton. Again, gently push down and shake or vibrate 1st box to settle into peanut bed. Fill sides and top.
  • Seal the box with packing/strapping tape. Place 3 strips down the middle seam and 1 strip down each of the side seams.
  • Print and tape these 3 labels on the outside of the box.
    (Click here) – Fragile, This End Up!, Handle With Care!
  • Insure your equipment for a minimum of $300.00 Keep in mind, a radio that arrives damaged, will not be covered by shipping insurance, if the carrier’s claim department determines that it was inadequately packed.
  • If a radio or phonograph is purchase from eBay, you should also require a confirmation from the seller, that these instructions will be followed as part of the transaction.
  • Ship to:
    For Your Listening Pleasure
    368 Clinton Street
    Binghamton NY, 13905

*Speakers with 3 or more wires going to it, are part of the power supply. The radio will not function with out it. 

Best shipping method is United States Postal Service, Fed Ex or UPS ground. In that order! Tracking services are now included with most all shippers, so retain your shipping receipts. Please allow one week from shipping date for our confirmation of arrival.

Please also see the UPS shipping guide for additional packaging information.

This page is intended to assist you in the proper packaging of your radio or phonograph for shipment. It is not intended to warrant or guarantee against damage. You must use your own discretion when preparing your unit for shipment.

Contact us

Orders@everythingradio.com

(607) 797-0066

Ship To:

For Your Listening Pleasure
368 Clinton Street
Binghamton, NY 13905

Best shipping method is United States Postal Service, Fed Ex or UPS ground. In that order! Tracking services are now included with most all shippers, so retain your shipping receipts. Please allow one week from shipping date for our confirmation of arrival.

Please also see the UPS shipping guide for additional packaging information.

This page is intended to assist you in the proper packaging of your radio or phonograph for shipment. It is not intended to warrant or guarantee against damage. You must use your own discretion when preparing your unit for shipment.