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on December 8, 2015
I don't want to say this radio is all bad because it looks nice with the wooden cabinet and has nice sound for the most part, but there is a major manufacturing defect in the tuner of these radios.
The radios are built with a miniature analog variable tuning capacitor that develops a problem after a couple of years. What happens is that the rotor/shaft of the capacitor is tied to ground of the tuner circuit by design. Between the shaft and bearing that forms the electrical connection to ground for this capacitor is a lubricant that deteriorates over time that causes a bad electrical connection, resulting in a very scratchy tuning dial that makes it almost impossible to tune in a station. Tivoli Audio said to fix this problem you are supposed to turn the power on, turn the volume all the way down and rotate the tuning dial vigorously from one end to the next for 3 to 5 minutes. They don't say why, but I assume it is to redistribute the lubricant and help wipe the shaft clean making a better electrical connection. The problem I've found with this solution is that it is temporarily and after doing this a few times when you want to change the station it discourages you from wanting to retune to another station, (what's the point of a good radio if you can't change the station). Clearly this is an engineering design flaw that the company seems to be ignoring, because as far as I know, they still use this defective component in their tuners. If you google "Model One Scratchy Tuning" you'll find that there are many others with the same problem.