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Old 8th Dec 2018, 10:45 pm   #1
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Default Murphy A40C professional cabinet restoration.

Cabinet restoration is completely outside my skill set and so I had my A40C cabinet restored professionally by James Oughton in Grantham.

BEFORE....Pictures 1 & 2

AFTER......Pictures 3 & 4

I'll leave it another week before I reassemble everything to allow the finish to harden.

I will post more when it has been reassembled.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 8:24 am   #2
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Default Re: Murphy A40C professional cabinet restoration.

You must be rather pleased with that, and it'll look even better when it's built back up.

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Old 9th Dec 2018, 8:37 am   #3
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Thanks David, yes I'm looking forward to seeing it all back together..
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 12:20 pm   #4
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French polish?
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 12:58 pm   #5
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No not French Polish. James says he only uses French polish on antique furniture. On more modern cabinets he uses lacquer mainly because it gives a harder finish and better protection. The original rosewood veneer could not be obtained so he used an alternative and coloured it with a rosewood colour product before applying the lacquer.

I think it looks fantastic.
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Old 9th Dec 2018, 2:34 pm   #6
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Corr blimey, what a super job, please more pics when it is assembled.
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Will do.
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 10:45 am   #8
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Sitting on your workmate it looks deceptively tiny but having worked on one I know it is far from that. Your restored cabinet looks beautiful.

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Nice finish for a nice receiver! I bet you will find the reassembly very satisfying.

I've tried both french polish and lacquer and can't decide which is easier.
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Looks great! Can't wait for finished result, with dial lit up!
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Old 12th Dec 2018, 11:08 pm   #11
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Stunning job looks fabulous.
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Looks like an excellent job. Please don't do what someone on this forum did, I think it was a TV the last screw in the knob and the screwdriver slipped!. The case had to go back to the finishers. Interesting conversation followed I expect.


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Old 13th Dec 2018, 10:58 pm   #13
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.....I think it was a TV the last screw in the knob and the screwdriver slipped!. The case had to go back to the finishers......
Ouch!
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Old 14th Dec 2018, 12:12 am   #14
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That is a beautiful finish on that cabinet! Wish I could get them looking that good. Certainly a name to keep in mind, I’ve got a few cabinets in awful condition that could benefit from professional restoration, one being a Murphy V180C TV.

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Hello Llyod,

Yes it is a good job and you are near enough to Grantham to use his services. It wasn't cheap of course, these things never are but he does quote you a price before going ahead.
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Fabulous set, mine is on the "borderline" condition wise, it's a bit scruffy but I like the fact it still has its original finish, yet I know it could look stunning if restored.
I often wonder how many A40's survive, I doubt that many were made in the first place!
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I have one to restore when I have time.
It is complete now that I obtained a knob from a kind forum member but has been brutally part stripped cabinet wise. The colour is a lot lighter than this one here even on the parts not stripped.
Were they available in different wood finishes?
The veneer all seems to be intact but it will take a lot of work to get anywhere near the finish of the professionally restored one.
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Were they available in different wood finishes?
Not that I'm aware of, but a lot can happen in 80 years to an original finish, between natural darkening and getting bleached by sun exposure. Colin's finished radio has been given more of a mahogany shade than I've seen on preserved examples. Here's mine, fortunately in a good enough state for me to be contented with it as it is (though 20-odd years ago when I had recent experience of French polishing a few sets I wouldn't have minded giving it the treatment).

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