We provide manuals electronically as PDF files or as printed manuals. All manuals larger than 75 pages will either be available as a PDF download or sent as a CD-ROM. Either format is the same price but in the checkout phase where you choose the method of shipment, the price for email will be less for most people, especially those overseas and certainly quicker!
You will see a search function at the top left of the screen. You can use this randomly to find perhaps a manual that you need. If you enter "Fisher 800" meaning Fisher Radio and Model 800, you will get a search that will retrieve the various versions of this manual. If you just enter "FISHER", you will get pages of all of the Fisher manuals. Try the search engine, it works for everything on this website. If you use a manufacturers name (such as Fisher) and a model number, most times this will return your exact manual that we have. Use hyphens where applicable in searching a model number. An example is a Pioneer PL-50. If you do a search without the hyphen you won't find it, but with the hyphen, it pops right up. Use the A-Z tabular manuals section to see if we have the manual and how the model number is indexed. This will help with your searching.
We get a lot of questions about whether our manuals have schematics and other detailed service information. There is no easy or absolute answer to this question, as it depends on the age of the manual and who the manufacturer was. Most test equipment manuals had everything in one manual. Most ham radio and communications equipment also had everything in one manual. In the mid-1970's many Japanese manufacturers started producing "owners" manuals and separate "service manuals" Most of the hi-fi/stereo makes followed suit but in the earlier days of hi-fi/stereo, you usually got it all. Take a good look at our descriptions of what OM means or SER. Owners manual usually means a manual on how to operate the equipment. SER means it usually is a totally separate manual for service data, including parts list, pictorials, diagrams, dial stringing (if any), alignment information, etc. We have few true "owners" manuals as most of these were discarded by the users after they learned how to twist a few knobs and operate the equipment. Most of what we have are full service manuals as these were produced to enable the factory service stations to be able to fully service the equpment. If you are unsure of what the manual you find actually has, please ask the questions before ordering so we only have to charge you once for the correct thing that you are needing.
If you don't find the manual you are looking for, use the "Contact Us" button at the top of the page to see if we have it. We have loads more manuals that we have not put in the database yet, but we are working on getting all of them as we have the time to do so.
SEARCHING TIPS -
If you are searching for a manual, you need to know "exactly" how the model number was indexed. We have provided a CATEGORY named Owners & Service Manuals. This shows hyperlinks to manuals starting with A through Z. Click this, then click the letter that starts with your manufacturers name. You will get a complete listing of manuals and note carefully how it is indexed; ie, a Pioneer PL50 is a Pioneer PL-50. If you don't find your model without using hyphens, try hyphens, but going to the tabular listings will show you EXACTLY what to put in the search engine window.
When searching this web for manuals, there are two fields, "Item Name" and "Description" in the Keywords window. In regards to manuals, the manufacturers name is the "Item Name", so if you were looking for a Hallicrafters radio, just put in that name and it will display ALL of the Hallicrafters manuals that we have. Try to be as specific as you can. You could put in "HAL" only, but that would also pull up lots of other manuals that you are not wanting to see. "HALLI" would bring up Hallicrafters manuals but in some cases put in all the letters that you can. Now for "Description", this is actually 3 data fields in one. If you wanted a Hallicrafters S-38 manual, you will need to use the hyphen between S and 38. This follows most manufacturers typographic convention in the way that they described their model numbers. So to get only the S 38 series you would need to use "S-38" to bring up those models. If you try something without hyphens, remember to try again using hyphens in different ways. Collins Radio also did this, using the hyphen in the S-Line equipment such as a KWM-2A or 75S-3C. Remember the more information you can supply the narrower you can search for that one manual you are looking for. We have added an A-Z tabular listing of the manuals. Click on this category, find the alphabetic tab you need, click it and you will see exactly the item number and how it is listed in the database. (example, Fisher 800-C, not just "800C". Remember the way that it is listed in the tabular listings, then return to the home page, enter it into the search engine window at the top left of the page and this should take you directly to the item where you can put it in your shopping cart basket.
OTHER SEARCHING TIPS: There are many manufacturers of radio equipment that sold their radios with a trade name or other name so when looking at the following radios and you look for a specific model number, you should also try all of the other names for that manufacturers other trade names when you search.
Admiral - Continental Radio & Television, Airline - Ward's Airline or Montgomery Ward, Allied - Knight or Allied-Knight, Apex - U.S. Radio & TV Corp., Bearcat - Electra/Uniden, Boonton - Hewlett Packard, Boonton - Measurements, Bosch - United American Bosch or American Bosch, Buck Engineering - Lab-Volt, Capehart - Farnsworth, Colonial - Sears "Silvertone", Day-Fan - General Motors, Dodge - Mopar, Fairchild - Dumont, Farnsworth - Capehart, Ford auto radios - Zenith, Friez - Bendix, Galaxy - WRL/Globe, Globe - WRL/Globe, Grunow - Grigsby-Grunow, Harris/Lanier - Lanier, Henry Radio - Tempo, Hewlett-Packard - Boonton, Hewlett-Packard - Measurements, I.D.E.A.-Regency, ITT-MacKay Marine - Mackay Marine, Jerrold - General Instrument, Knight - Allied/Knight, Lab-Volt - Buck Engineering, Lincoln Auto Radios - Zenith, LINK - American Bosch, Magne\avox - NAP, Majestic - Grigsby-Grunow, MGA - Mitsubishi, Micronta - Radio Shack, Mullti-Elmac - Elmac, NAP - Magnavox, Optimus - Radio Shack, Optonica - Sharp, Panasonic - Technics, Phillips - Norelco, Radiomarine - RCA, Radio Products Company - Dayrad, Realistic - Radio Shack, Sound Technology - SIGMATEK, United American Bosch - American Bosch.