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Crosley 10-311 Portable (1950)

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Crosley 10-311 Portable (1950)

Another great Retro Crosley portable from late 1949, early 1950. The case is gray plastic with contrasting maroon knobs, and it is in pristine condition. The handle and knobs are all original, and the snaps that hold the back shut work perfectly. Attractive half moon dial. This was a battery or AC set, and the radio works great on AC. The batteries are expensive to replace, so I would just plug & play it on AC. This radio really performs well, picking up all my local stations, and distant stations at night. The chassis has been gone over completely by a professional. As an extra added bonus, the radio has its original operating instructions that came with the radio when purchased. Great Crosley style. About 9-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 5"D.  $129.00. (1150566)

 

Motorola 53-L-C2 Portable (1953)

Motorola 53-L-C2 Portable (1953)

Motorola subminiature tube portable from 1953 with a hand wound clock. These four-tube sets originally sold for $45 in 1953, quite a bit of money for a beach radio. They came in three colors: dark green, gray and dark maroon. Three sub-miniature tubes, and one standard tube. This radio plays great, picking up all my local AM stations. It has been recapped and checked completely by a professional. The clock is also working. The case is in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips or hairline cracks. There is a paint chip on two, but nothing major. Handle and line cord are in nice condition. I will include the printed piece that was attached to the front of the radio when it was originally sold. About 9"W x 8"H x 2-3/4"D.  $124.00. (1150563)

 

Motorola 56H "Torpedo" (1956)

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Motorola 56H "Torpedo" (1956)

A perfect Motorola 56H in fire engine red, a Retro styled 1950's icon with its famous torpedo dial. Yes, I know it didn't come in this color, but I think it should have. I hope you will agree that it's a nice improvement on brown Bakelite. This model came in the following colors: ivory, turquoise and brown. The turquoise and ivory sets are notorious for hairline cracks; the brown sets are usually fine, but the color is so blah. This brown set was in perfect condition, just needed a better color. The chassis was completely gone over replacing all that was needed, and the radio plays great, picking up all my local stations clearly. The clear torpedo dial cover is perfect. About 11-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H x 5"D.  $189.00. (1150564)

 

Philco 39-652 (Canada, 1939)

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Philco 39-652 (Canada, 1939)

Pre-War midget 1939 Canadian Philco that looks like a log cabin in the woods. The case is made from beautiful two-tone solid walnut, which has been completely restored to its original condition. Great Philco colorful dial. The chassis has been completely gone over and everything needing replaced was taken care of. The radio plays well using its antenna wire. A perfect Retro-Tronics replacement back is on the set. This radio is virtually identical to the USA-made 1939 Philco PT-25 and PT-26, but only manufactured in Canada in a beautiful walnut case. Midget sized at about 9"W 6"H x 5"D.  $149.00. (1150565)

 

Philco 48-225 (1948)

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Philco 48-225 (1948)

Deep red/maroon Philco in a styrene case that's in nice cosmetic condition. A few rubs and scratches, but no cracks or hairline cracks. Deep red color. This radio was featured in the "Brooklyn Bridge" TV series which ran in the 1990's on CBS about a Jewish family growing up in Brooklyn, NY. This radio was always shown in their son Michael's bedroom. Plays great, has been recapped, and picks up all my local AM stations clearly. Retro-Tronics replacement back on the set. About 9"W x 7"H x 6"D.  $149.00. (1150567)

 

Philco PT-43 (1939)

Philco PT-43 (1939)

One of the most Art Deco radios Philco ever made, introduced in August 1939. The walnut finish on this cabinet is original, and is in excellent condition. The brown trim is also in perfect condition. It has its original knobs, back, handle and label on the bottom. The radio has two bands, AM and the old SW police band. The chassis has been checked by a pro, and the radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. A great designed dial. Philco made this model in five trim versions: ivory, red, blue, green and brown. Only 1,300 were made in brown, and all versions were priced at $16.95 in 1939. About 9"W x 6"H x 6"D.  $189.00. (1150542)

 

Philco PT-46 (1939)

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Philco PT-46 (1939)

A very rare Philco in a beautiful swirled mint Bakelite case. Only 4,500 were made. Perfect undamaged condition, no cosmetic issues at all. A perfect Retro-Tronics back on the set. Great Art Deco front louvered design with six original pushbuttons, very characteristic of sets produced following Philco's buy-out of Sandusky Simplex Corp. Philco "Transitone" on the dial face. The radio is playing very well with no annoying filter hum, even better with its antenna wire laid out. I don't believe you will ever find this set in better condition. A compact size at 9-3/4"W x 6-1/2"H x 4-1/2"D.  $179.00. (1150568)

 

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)

 

Silvertone 7008 "Candy Cane" (1941)

Silvertone 7008 "Candy Cane" (1941)

A one-of-a-kind design Silvertone set in Beetle Plaskon. It was originally sold by Sears Roebuck in 1940. An explosion of confetti color! I believe it was also known as the "Commentator." The case is in great condition with just one tiny 3/4" line going diagonally from the left pushbutton opening. It does not go thru the case, and is difficult to see on this Plaskon confetti markings. Original knobs, grille cloth, and four pushbuttons. The chassis has been checked completely, and everything that needed replacing was changed out. The set is playing well, picking up all my local AM stations. A hard to find radio in Beetle Plaskon. About 10"W x 6"H x 5"D.  $224.00. (1150557)

 

Zenith 7H822 AM/FM (1949)

Zenith 7H822 AM/FM (1949)

This great vintage Zenith radio is wonderful to listen to, because you can tune in both AM and FM broadcasting stations. This model was an early Zenith entry into both AM & FM bandwidths. It utilized the Armstrong Frequency Modulation system. Edwin Armstrong was an American electrical engineer best known for developing FM radio. These early diagonal dial Zenith sets are hard to find with the brass Zenith eagle crest still on the case. This beautiful brown Bakelite case has no chips, cracks or hairline cracks. The set is playing well on both AM and FM. Three front knobs for off/on, band, and tuning. A great part of Zenith history and case design, as well as a great set to hear a wide variety of programming. About 12"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $129.00. (1150538)

 

Zenith K412-W "Owl Eyes" Portable (1953)

Zenith K412-W "Owl Eyes" Portable (1953)

Very tiny 1953 Zenith portable in a hard to find gray color, commonly referred to as the "Owl Eyes" for obvious reasons. This radio is in very nice condition with no chips, cracks or hairline cracks. The handle is in great shape, just a couple of small marks where it touches the case, a common occurrence on this radio. The metal inserts are still in the knobs. The radio comes with its special cord, and is playing nicely without any filter hum, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The chassis has been checked completely by a pro. A four tube set with the antenna built right into the handle. "Zenith, the quality goes in before the name goes on!" Very cute, very small, and very hard to find! About 6-1/2"W x 4-1/2"H x 4"D.  $186.00. (1150562)
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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.

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  • 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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