Well said. I think it's important for as many people as possible to preserve as many of the "old skills" as possible -- because otherwise they're going to wither away and die. We no longer have even one general-electronics repair shop in this area, so if someone owns tube-type electronics it's up to them to learn basic repairs and maintenance if they want to keep them operating. There are some excellent basic reference books that were used to train repair people in the past. One of my favorites is "Practical Radio Servicing" by William Markus and Alex Levy, published by McGraw Hill in 1963. This is a vocational-school textbook that was a real help to me when I was starting out, and it's still a useful reference. It gives you just enough theory to understand what's going on and just enough basic technique to fix it. Markus's "Television and Radio Repairing," from 1959, is also good, albeit more advanced. It might be worth tracking down these volumes and giving them an examination if you find you enjoy radio work. If I had to give one piece of advice it would be this: once you've got your radio operating again, consider replacing *all* of the wax-covered paper condensers under the chassis. Because they're simply rolled-up foil layers with a layer of thin paper between them, they're prone to failure as the paper deteriorates, and when they go, they can cause a lot of damage. Replacing them with mylar-foil unitsl is tedious -- but once it's done, you can run your radio all day long every day of the week without worrying about it going up in smoke.