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Emerson "Bookcase/Library" (1947)

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Emerson "Bookcase/Library" (1947)

A really nice example of this Emerson radio that resembles a set of books, "History of Music," eight volumes. Open the door on the right, and you expose the radio; open the door on the left and you expose the speaker. Not exactly sure of the date, but it's close. The case is in nice condition, just a very few bumps and scratches, but no major cosmetic problems. The door hinge has been reinforced with Leather Weld (a book binder material), and the door opens and closes perfectly. Many of these sets are completely missing the front door. The radio has its original knobs and has a replacement back. The dial lamp works, and the set plays fine, picking up all my local AM stations. 12"W x 9"H x 7"D.  $224.00. (1150595)

 

General Electric H-530 (1939)

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General Electric H-530 (1939)

This GE is a very small tombstone from that great year of radio design, 1939. The size is only about 9"H x 8-1/2"W x 5"D. It still retains its original wooden knobs and original back. The case has been professionally refinished and looks terrific. The paint on the plastic dial on this model is usually in pretty bad shape, but this one has survived in good condition. It has new period grille cloth. The radio has been gone over, and everything needing replacing was done. The radio plays well, picking up all my local AM stations. The dial lamp works fine. Nice Deco design. Free shipping to the lower 48 states!  $159.00. (1150593)

 

Philco G-681 "Scantenna" Portable (1959)

Philco G-681 "Scantenna" Portable (1959)

Here is a pretty in pink Retro Philco portable Philco from 1959. It's their "Scantenna" with a ferrite rod in the handle which can be rotated for best reception. This was the only tube type portable Philco offered in their 1959 lineup. It uses four tubes plus a selenium rectifier, and can operate on AC or batteries. It plays fine on AC, but I have not tested on battery. The case has no chips, cracks or damage. The cord and handle are in good condition. A really cute little portable that was available in aqua, pink and red. About 10"W x 7-1/2"H x 3-1/2"D.  $89.00. (1150571)

 

Philco PT-44 (1940)

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Philco PT-44 (1940)

This pre-War 1940 Philco has to be one of my favorite radios. The arched cabinet and full wooden musical clef back just make it stand out. And the perfectly matched walnut veneer on the top of the case is really beautiful. I have seen a lot of these radios over the years, and this one is the best. So many of these cases have veneer problems, it's very rare to find one with no problems. This case has been professionally refinished and is just about perfect in its condition. And the chassis has been completely restored, and the radio is playing very nicely picking up all my local AM stations, and many distant ones at night. The dial light is also working well. About 11"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $199.00. (1150594)

 

Philco PT-69 (1939)

Philco PT-69 (1939)

This classic pre-War Philco trapezoid shaped radio was introduced in the Fall of 1939 for the 1940 model year. It comprises both a Sessions self-starting clock and an AM broadcast band radio. The neat compact case is finished in book matched walnut veneers with maple inlays. The case has been professionally refinished and is in beautiful condition, with just a few nicks. The radio has its original back, often missing on this set. The clock takes a few minutes to self start, but is working fine, keeping decent time once it starts off. The radio has been completely checked by a technician, and all tubes, resistors and capacitors were changed as needed. The radio is playing fine, picking up all my local stations. Philco PT-69 label on the bottom. About 11-1/2"W (bottom) x 9-1/2"W (top) x 8-1/2"H x 6"D.  $192.00. (1150490)

 

Sparton 132 (1950)

Sparton 132 (1950)

A really nice ivory Sparton Retro radio from 1950, nicknamed the "Football" radio for obvious reason. These cases were made out of plastic, and consequently most of the survivors show a lot of wear. But this case is in very nice condition, and few scratches and rubs, but no cracks, tube burns or major cosmetic issues. A couple of repairs were made to the plastic pieces inside the case that hold the back on the set. It does have its original back and original knobs with brass inserts. The chassis has been checked by a pro, and everything needing changing was replaced. The radio is playing well without any background hum, picking up all my local AM stations. About 13"W x 6"H x 6"D.  $179.00. (1150592)

 

Stewart-Warner 03-5A1 "Varsity" (1939)

Stewart-Warner 03-5A1 "Varsity" (1939)

This 1939 Stewart Warner "Varsity" is a great blend of Deco and Machine Age design. It was marketed toward college students, often painted in school colors, as well as brown Bakelite, ivory Plaskon, and ivory painted Bakelite. This radio has been completely restored inside and out to its original condition. The radio utilizes the same chassis as the 1939 Firestone Worlds Fair radio. Cool backlit dial. The case had no cracks or cosmetic damage, other than very minor paint chips. It has been professionally repainted in its original color, and has a baked on finish. The chassis has been completely restored, everything needing replacing was done, and the radio plays fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The original back is on the case, and a Retro-Tronics perfect replacement is on top of that. The knobs and pushbuttons are original. About 12"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $229.00. (1150574)

 

Tom Thumb Automatic Camera Radio (1948)

Tom Thumb Automatic Camera Radio (1948)

Well, here is a radio that you just don't see very often, and in very near mint condition. I guess Automatic Radio of Boston thought you needed something to listen to when you were taking pictures. The reflex camera requires 127 Kodak film, and I have not tested its ability to take pictures, but everything seems to function property. I would suggest you take pictures with your iPhone. But the radio has been completely restored and plays fine for a four-tube set, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. It has two "D" cell batteries and a brand new 67.5V battery installed. The 67.5V battery cost $50, so I would play the set sparingly. The red crackle finish case is in really nice condition, just a few rubs. And all the original literature is still inside the case. The plastic strap is perfect. This is a highly collectible item among radio and camera collectors. About 11"H x 4-1/2"W x 4-1/2"D.  $349.00. (1150570)

 

Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

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Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

Black dial pre-War Zenith in a beautiful professionally refinished solid walnut case, one of only a few Zenith cases attributed to the Ingraham Cabinet Company. One of the last production runs before Zenith switched over to wartime operations. These cases really look fantastic after they are refinished, just like the day they came off the showroom floor. The radio has a unique design where tube heat is released through slats in the case. The chassis has been gone over by a pro, and all tubes, resistors and capacitors that required changing were replaced. The radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations with no annoying filter hum. The dial lamp works fine. It has its original "Z" dial pointer, and original back. About 11-1/2"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $176.00. (1150596)
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Restoration philosophy

My restoration philosophy is to leave these classic radios in their original condition as much as possible.  I hate refinishing or repainting a set unless it's absolutely necessary.  When this is necessary, I use a professional person for refinishing & repainting.  Over many years, I have attempted to acquire the best original undamaged examples of all models I could find.  They have been restored to playing condition unless noted. Any repairs that have been made, and any cosmetic flaws associated with the radio, are completely disclosed.  Keep in mind that these radios are 60+ years old, and, consequently, are not meant to played all the time.  We all love for these radios to play, but we also recognize that they should not be played all the time.

Warranty information

All radios are tested to make sure they are playing prior to shipping.  A lot of jostling in shipping can make tubes loose and connections become unconnected.  These are some of the unforeseen results associated with shipping.  I have no control over how the shipper treats the package.  If you purchase a radio and it is not working and playing when you receive it, I will offer several suggestions to help it work.  If those suggestions don't solve the problem, you are welcome to ship it back to me for any repairs that are necessary.  The radio will be shipped back to you at my expense, or your purchase price will be completely refunded if the set can't be repaired.

Conditions for return

I want you happy with any radio you purchase from me.  If you're not completely satisfied after receiving the radio, all you have to do is send it back in the same condition as shipped, and I will be happy to return your purchase price.  No sale is complete until you are satisfied.

Shipping

Anyone who has bought a radio over the past years can relate many horror stories about opening a box, and finding a cracked and busted radio inside.  I have experienced this, and consequently I do everything possible to prevent this from happening to you.  A seller really only has three choices for shipping.  I have had the most success using FedEx Ground.  My packing procedure is to wrap the radio in a foam pad (like a mattress pad), wrap that in large bubble wrap, lay the wrapped set on a thick layer of styro peanuts, and surround the package in the box with thick brown packing paper to make sure it's stabilized in the box.  Then top off with a layer of peanuts.  Another secret to safe shipping is to use a box much larger than the radio so there is plenty of room for protection.  When you cram a radio in a box about the same size as the radio (to save on shipping), you are asking for trouble.  Many people double box radios for shipping. I have found that if a radio is packed properly, single boxing is adequate and very safe.  All radios are insured and tracking information sent to the buyer.

<<--  David's Radio Attic Testimonials  -->

  • The Philco arrived today. It is in amazing condition, much better than I expected, looks like a new one. Thanks again for your perfect service and packing.
  • Hello David. Both radios arrived today in superb and working condition. What a great packing job-the very best.
  • The Zenith arrived today in Finland. It is so wonderful condition. Thanks again for your excellent service and packing.
  • Thanks so much! The radio arrived in great shape and looks beautiful.
  • Awesome Crosley. Awesome! Very excited to get a great restore. I will be watching your page for more radios.
  • The Motorola looks beautiful without a scratch on it thanks to your extremely perfected packaging technique. On top of that, it sounds great. Tonight I picked up 14 stations.
  • The Admiral arrived today, it's an amazing radio. Thanks for the excellent packing job, material of the radio looks very fragile.
  • David, The radio arrived yesterday , I love it! You did a Great Job!
  • The FADA arrived safely this morning. It far exceeds my expectations! The photo on Attic does not do it credit. It is lovely. The packing is superb as well.
  • The Philco arrived yesterday in great condition due to your superior packing.  Thank you so much!
  • Radio arrived today in Australia, and I am VERY pleased with my purchase!!! Plugged it in, switched it on and it plays magnificently - very clear and plenty of volume. Also my thanks on the packing - excellent wrapping and packing of the radio.
  • She's a beauty David, playing an oldies station now. Thanks for the great packing job.
  • The restoration is fabulous, and it plays just as well. The packaging is first rate. This is one of the best-packed radios I have ever received.
  • I received the little red RCA today. Thank you for doing such a great job of packing. The radio receives as good as it looks....GREAT! It is playing loud and clear.
  • Hi David, The 2 radios arrived yesterday in good shape. They are beautiful! Thank you very much.
  • The radio arrived today and I love it! it's so cool, and about the way you packaged the radio, very neat and well done! you know what you're doing
  • Hi David. Just to let you know that my Fada has arrived safely in Australia, and is working well. I am listening to it as write this email.
  • Hi, David the radio plays great and we love it here, picks up all the stations, nice tone.  Thanks for selling these!
  • The radio is at home in Spain. It is in PERFECT CONDITION, clearly thanks to the SPECIAL CARE you have taken when packing it, and it is VERY NICE and WORKS VERY WELL.
  • David, just wanted to let you know the radio arrived yesterday... beautiful. Thanks for taking great care in the packaging...arrived with no issues at all.
  • The Philco is beyond expectations.  You were also the best wrapper I have ever met.
  • Just to let you know that the Setchell Carlson arrived today in Australia without a hitch and in perfect condition. It performs extremely well & clear. Thanks for packing it well & look forward to future trades!
  • Brilliantly packed and man does that radio play like a champ! You are the best vintage radio seller, hands down. Thank you thank you!
  • The radios arrived today, safe and sound - thanks for a super packing job.
  • Just a quick note to let you know that the radios arrived last Friday, and both look great!!
  • The radio arrived in good shape and working fine. I wouldn't hesitate to order another radio from you.
  • I purchase from you because I trust you and you are a man of your word. What you sell is true to what you say it is.
  • The G.E. H-510 came today in great shape!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much, you did a good job restoring this one!!!
  • Prompt shipping, great packaging, excellent housing, and excellent playing radio. Thanks.
  • Just received the radio, what a great addition to our collection.... Thanks!
  • I want to thank you for your great customer care. I wish there was a place I could leave you feedback!
  • The radio arrived today. It looks great and plays well. Thanks for a thorough packing job.
  • The wood Crosley is a beauty! Thank you for the great packing and a fine radio to add to my personal collection.
  • Just a quick note to tell you the radios arrived last week and I got a chance to open the boxes today. I'm delighted with both, and the way they were packed. Thank you! Thank you!
  • Just got the Crosley!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Everything works great!!!!

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