Talk of Wise men ... oops! ...persons... bearing gifts?
Well, I too had such an experience --though not in December.
When a younger cousin came to me last month with a smile and proferring a packet, asking me to "take a look" when I was free, I never had an idea what I was letting myself in for. That was how the old, battered transistor radio migrated to my table. Opening the package that weekend, I discovered a cute little AM/FM box that had seen better days, but which clearly was a treasured friend, especially on busy mornings when radios regulated the schedules of busy people rushing "to beat the clock".
Opening the small cabinet turned out to be a big task, even with a generous spraying of that wonder formula WD-40 and application of muscle power. Months (years?) of being forgotten at the back of some damp cupboard had invited rust and corrosion. Somebody had left the old batteries in, which had leaked and corroded the innards.
|The rusty innards...|
On a whim, I removed all the old junk and cleaned up the cabinet at the kitchen sink, and stood the now pristine looking cabinet on the shelf--for inspiration! It stayed there for a few days. One evening at the electronics spares shop (another dying breed!) hunting for some parts for my current project, I overheard a couple of young girls enquiring if the radio kit had come. I was all ears as I knew that sources for radio and cassette player spares had dried up long ago.
|The FM/USB/SDC player|
The shop owner, my old friend, pulled out a few small packets, connected up a couple of AA batteries and Voila! a nifty display came up reading 90.8, and music blared out of the small speaker laid face-up on the counter top. It had a small modern high-density pcb and front panel.
|The modern PCB|
With enthusiasm, I set to work. Wonder of all wonders, the old mains transformer and power supply board from the radio was working all right.
|The mains power supply|
|Typical TBA 820 audio amp|
Now, the ten-lakh rupee question! (No, I'm not comfortable working with millions,in rupees or dollars or Euros!) Where to mount the little player?? A couple of days of staring at the radio finally brought some inspiration. Put it on the top, where the little push buttons would make it look like an old two-in-one cassette player!
|The 2-in-1 look|
|Back view - note vent holes|
Now it was only a matter of wiring up everything neatly,
|Note: Be careful while connecting up|
|Playing music from a USB drive|
A few hours' work had given a seond lease of life to an old beauty, and that too in a contemporary new digital "avatar"! My cousin's open-mouthed look of disbelief and happiness was more reward than I had anticipated.
|Tea table beauty!|
Well, wasn't it Shakespeare who said " All is well that ends well"?!!
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