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Bendix 55L3U (1949)

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Bendix 55L3U (1949)

1949 Bendix Aviation radio in a beautiful undamaged ivory Plaskon case. It has a striking green dial and a rust colored perforated grille. The case has no cracks, chips or hairline cracks. This radio shows influences of a Raymond Loewy design with its smooth flowing lines. It's all original, has been recapped and is playing very well with no filter hum. It's hard to find this Plaskon model without some type of cosmetic issue. This case is in super condition, and the best example I have seen in many years of collecting. The chassis loads from the bottom, and the label is still present. About 11-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 7"D.  $148.00. (1150628)

 

Coronado 43-8190 "Racetrack" (1947)

Coronado 43-8190 "Racetrack" (1947)

Beautiful condition Coronado "Racetrack" portable from 1947. Coronado was a house brand set sold by Gamble-Skogmo department stores headquartered in St. Louis Park, MN. Gamble-Skogmo contracted with several other radio manufacturers such as Belmont and Wells-Gardner to furnish radios bearing their name. The radio is working fine and playing clearly, receiving all my AM stations. This is a highly collectable radio with a painted Bakelite case and blue Polystyrene knobs, racetrack dial and handle. The trim is often mistaken for Catalin. This case has no damage, and practically no paint chips at all. There is an orange button in the center which lights up when the radio is on. It has most of its label on the bottom, and also has its original back, usually always missing. Small at 9"W x 7-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D.  $345.00. (1150622)

 

Crosley 11-119U "Serenader" (1951)

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Crosley 11-119U "Serenader" (1951)

Crosley Left-Hand Bullseye in beautiful pastel blue. Original paint. Undamaged case, no cracks, chips, hairlines or repairs. Beautiful case with just a few minuscule paint chips. The radio is playing very well, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. Original back, cord and label in place. A very nice Crosley, left handed brother of the center bullseye. Small at about 9"W x 5-1/2"H x 6"D.  $185.00. (1150630)

 

Crosley D-25-BE Clock Radio (1953)

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Crosley D-25-BE Clock Radio (1953)

A classic Retro automotive influenced style icon from 1953 in beautifully restored condition. BE stands for the blue gray colored version. The colored coordinated clock knobs are in place, the clock has been oiled and is working and keeping time. The brass coated clock and dial escutcheons are in nice condition, a little normal tarnishing after 74 years. Usually these pieces all have some wear. The radio is working and playing all my local AM stations clearly. The chassis has been checked by a professional, and everything needing replacing was replaced. The cosmetic condition is excellent. The original back is present, and label on the bottom. About 13"W x 7-1/2"H x 7"D.  $219.00. (1150631)

 

Jewel 5100 (1953)

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Jewel 5100 (1953)

Fire engine red Jewel from 1953 in a beautiful undamaged plastic case. Manufactured by Datom Industries, New York, NY, these sets were sold at the height of the mid-50's Retro craze in America. Available in several colors, but this fire engine red color is an absolute killer. The pics tend to make it have an orange cast, but it is red. No cracks, chips or breaks, just a few rubs from over the years. Full label on the bottom including tube information. The cord is in great shape, and the radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations. This radio is a standout eye catcher sitting anywhere. About 8-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H x 5"D.  $138.00. (1150629)

 

Motorola 49L13Q Portable (1949)

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Motorola 49L13Q Portable (1949)

1949 Motorola portable in a beautiful swirled Catalin-like plastic case. The tan and green models are often mistaken for Catalin, but are in essence molded plastic. Nice shiny brass grille, and all original knobs and handle. The case snaps shut and there are no cosmetic issues at all, no cracks, chips or breaks. The chassis has had all capacitors and resistors and tubes completely checked and replaced where needed. This particular model was battery operated, and here's the best news. It plays fine with two new "D" cells and a 67.5V battery in place, and it will arrive to you with its batteries in the set. So you can take the radio to the beach next summer and listen to your favorite radio station. I don't believe this set in playing condition has ever been offered on the Attic. Midget sized at 7-1/2"W x 6"H x 3"D.  $145.00. (1150627)

 

Philco PT-61 "Pagoda" (1939)

Philco PT-61 "Pagoda" (1939)

This Philco "Pagoda" or "Jewel Case" is one of most beautiful radios ever designed. It was introduced late in 1939 for their 1939/1940 model year. I don't believe you will find one in better condition. According to the original advertising, the cabinet featured colorful veneers of "figured Aspen for the upper half, Birch for the curved base and rare Mexican Accra wood for the lower half." Full original back, grille cloth and knobs. The chassis has been completely checked out by a professional and the radio plays perfectly. About 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D. The bottom legs add about an inch on each side. Free Shipping to anywhere in the USA.  $365.00. (1150617)

 

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 5-G-403 (1940)

Zenith 5-G-403 (1940)

Pre-War 1940 Art Deco Zenith portable in really nice refinished condition. The chassis has been restored, all capacitors and resistors out of tolerance replaced, tubes checked, and the radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The photo finish strip on the top of the case is in excellent condition, and the beautiful two tone front really stands out. It has its original Zenith "Z" knobs. The model number is printed on the antenna inside the back. It does not appear to have its Wave Magnet antenna, but the radio plays fine with its original loop antenna. There are two jacks for headphones on the upper right of the case. And there is underneath storage for a battery. This set probably went on many picnics in 1940 and 1941 when people were listening to the growing threat in Europe. It is a heavy radio, even without its battery. A great part of Zenith history, very seldom seen. About 12"W x 10"H x 7"D.  $198.00. (1150607)
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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 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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