THIS, is as close as I have seen, in YEARS, to what I remember as the original "blue" case of my first HQ-150. I realize it is not a perfect situation, to ask someone to look at computer generated photos. and then say what color it is. But, when you have a chance, can you ask her, if she knows of a color this is CLOSE to? It looks very aqua blue, to me. Meaning that it is likely a bit "greenish", but my color confused eyes, only see the blue, in it. It looks to me, like a mid-1970's General Motors, medium blue metallic, but in a wrinkle finish. This is NOT my HQ-150, nor is this the same style case, as mine. But, another fellow sent me this photo of HIS HQ-150, and this is MUCH closer to what I remember, of my first HQ-150, than mine current one is (as seen in the first photo, of my OP).
I certainly don't need perfection, just something that resembles the color I remember.
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I dont know if it makes a difference in the color but there were at least 2 different 150's. One had a 12AX7 for 1st audio/BFO and earlier (I believe) a 12AU7 was used which also did did not have the Couplate plus some other circuitry was different in both audio stages.
I have an almost new 150 with the 12AU7 (All tubes are original 1956 RCA) but I wont even attempt to describe the color. If a photo would help I'll get it down off a shelf but then Ive no idea how good my Sony camera portrays colors.
No, don't go to the trouble. I have these photos of it here, as posted, but nobody seems to want to commit to calling it any specific color. Not like OLD Collins stuff, EVERYONE knows what St James Gray is.
The first photo, in my original post, is of my current case. It is the same case, as my first HQ-150, but a different color, to my eyes. This current one, looks like a metallic green, with a touch of a bluish hue to it. Whereas, the one I just posted, IS the color, of my original HQ-150, but it is a different case design. I just want someone, who has better color perception than me, to say, "Yeah, that's what I'd call _________!" But, I am getting no takers, to tell me what to call it. I realize that color is in the eye of the person seeing it. But, I am too badly "color confused" to even try to color match it, especially by name.
I will probably do as one poster suggested, and give it a good proper base coat, of wrinkle black, of some sort, then try to put a light coat of something that I think is close, and call it at that. It's got to be Hammarlund's deal, using multiple cases, and colors, on the same model of radio, so I can only hope it doesn't come out looking goofy. I just don't want something that looks so far from stock, that someone would look at it, and say....."WHAT were you thinking, painting it THAT color?"
I can't do this at home, but to accomplish the goal most good industrial paint shops can do whatever you want ($$).
My local one can match anything and match any textured finish, but the "set-up" to start is normally about $150, which is the labor and materials required to clear all the hoses and nozzles, and match the new color by blending. They add textures in the spray process by (in some cases I've seen) adding sand or other grit and can "wrinkle" almost any kind of paint in the baking process when they run it through the ovens. Obviously, there cannot be any plastic parts attached or it will all melt, as they bake on the paint at about 300F.
In my experience, the cost is set-up, plus the cost of a gallon of paint (about $30), plus an hour of shop labor (about $95), so total cost for a custom refinish can be about $275. The results are spectacular.
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