Tom Albrecht's Radio and TV Attic

the Radio Attic 6469 Oberlin Way
San Jose, CA 95123
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The Better Bluetooth Solution

A built-in Bluetooth adaptor is now available on all my radios for an extra charge of $25. My built-in Bluetooth solution is completely hidden inside the chassis, and is self-switching. When you pair your source and play music, the radio automatically switches to Bluetooth. When you stop your Bluetooth source, it automatically reverts to functioning as a normal radio. No switches, dongles, cables, or external power sources needed. This is Bluetooth done right!
 
My Radio Attic is having a SALE!

 

General Electric H600 (1939)

General Electric H600 (1939)

This early Bakelite radio from General Electric was one of the first of a wave of Bakelite table sets that would become the most popular style of radio for the next decade and a half. The rounded shape, ribbed sides, and complex louvered speaker grille demonstrated the versatility of molded plastic. The ivory knobs add a nice accent to the appearance. Unlike most later Bakelite sets, this one has an elaborately molded Bakelite rear cover as well. The six-tube chassis also set a trend with its built-in loop antenna. The sixth tube in this set is not an RF amplifier stage, but rather an extra audio amplifier stage incorporating feedback for reduced distortion, higher fidelity, and very low hum (this radio was designed for both 25 and 60 cycle AC). Sensitivity and sound quality are excellent. Chassis restoration included replacement of all electrolytic and paper capacitors, new resistors where needed, a strong set of tubes, and rewiring of the switch and grounding circuitry for improved safety with the new polarized power cord. Lighted dial. New reproduction dial (I'll give you the original as well). 10-1/4"W x 7-1/4"H x 7-1/2"D.  $125.00. (1310079)

 

Packard-Bell 501 (1949)

Packard-Bell 501 (1949)

This compact Bakelite All American Five is in great condition and performs beautifully. The cabinet is completely free of chips and cracks, and any scuffs are minor and hard to see. The shine is the original Bakelite shine; this radio has not been clear coated. The knobs and back are original. Packard-Bell used "Stationized" dials, which give a nice historical snapshot of the most prominent stations in the western U.S. at the time. The chassis has been fully restored, with a strong set of tubes, all new capacitors, and a full RF/IF alignment. It performs like new, and will surprise you with its sensitivity and good sound. The lighted dial looks great in a darkened room. This radio has a tone control (concentric with volume control). The original power cord is in great shape (a rarity for a radio of this age) and has been left in place. Service tag on the back indicates this radio was still in regular use in the late 1980s. Small and light, so shipping will be inexpensive. 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D.  $160.00. (1310084)

 

Panasonic RE-787 AM/FM Stereo (1967)

Panasonic RE-787 AM/FM Stereo (1967)

Now here's something quite unique: a two-piece bookshelf stereo system by Panasonic with automatic tuning. Panasonic called the motorized tuning system "Radar-Matic." The two big white buttons will automatically seek to the next station in the upward or downward direction on the dial. The cabinet is real walnut veneer, and as you can see, its condition is very nice. The right speaker is a separate unit and can be positioned next to the main unit or elsewhere in the room. This receiver has had a thorough electrical restoration with all 35 of its electrolytic capacitors replaced and a careful RF/IF alignment on both FM and AM. Sensitivity is excellent, and stereo separation is spectacular. A great stereo for an office, den, or kitchen. The original power cord is in good condition and has been left in place. 29-1/2"W x 13-1/4"H x 5-1/4"D.  $265.00. (1310085)

 

Remler 21-3 "Minuette" Cathedral (1932)

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Remler 21-3 "Minuette" Cathedral (1932)

Remler was based in San Francisco, not far from here. This attractive little cathedral (one of the smallest you'll find) houses a four-tube TRF two-band receiver. The main broadcast band covers 540-1500 kHz, and the "Police" band covers 1500-4000 kHz. The radio has had a full electrical restoration, with new capacitors, strong tubes, new resistors where needed, and a new vintage-style power cord. Since TRF sets are generally less sensitive than superhets, the careful alignment I've done on this one really pays off in terms of squeezing about as much sensitivity out of just four tubes as you can get. Long ago (probably in the 1940s) this radio was converted from 2.5 volt to 6 volt tubes. This has no effect on either appearance or performance (the tubes have the same size and shape), and is an interesting part of the history of this set. The original 8-inch speaker is in fine shape and puts out good sound. The right knob on the front panel is a tone control. The walnut veneered cabinet was refinished by a prior owner, and there has been very little scratching or other damage since then, so it still looks good. Lighted dial. 13"H x 10-1/2"W x 7-1/4"D.  $195.00. (1310091)

 

Trav-Ler 55C44 Clock Radio (1955)

Trav-Ler 55C44 Clock Radio (1955)

Here's a compact wooden clock radio with a gorgeous brushed brass faceplate. The mahogany cabinet still has its original finish; it's not perfect, but is certainly far too nice to refinish. The faceplate condition is excellent. The five-tube "All American Five" chassis has been restored to like-new operation, with all electrolytic and paper capacitors replaced, a strong set of tubes installed, and a full RF/IF alignment. The power cord has been replaced with a modern polarized heavy-duty cord, so you can plug something hungry for power (like your 1950s coffee percolator) into the outlet on the back and wake up to fresh brewed coffee. You'll be surprised at the good sensitivity a five-tube radio can have when well aligned. The clock works and keeps proper time. Compact and lightweight, so shipping will not be expensive. 11-1/4"W x 5-3/4"H x 6"D.  $165.00. (1310087)

 

Zenith 6-D-315 "Bullet" (1938)

Zenith 6-D-315 "Bullet" (1938)

The "Bullet" is viewed as one of Zenith's most attractive Bakelite table radios. In 1938, this curvy sculpted design was a stylish statement of what could be done with molded plastic materials. This one is in beautiful condition, with an original Bakelite shine that has not been augmented with polishing or clearcoating. Its only defect is a crack in one of the curved grille louvers (see left side picture). This radio was technically innovative in its day; the thick back cover encloses a shielded loop antenna that Zenith marketed as the "Wave Magnet." Shielded loops, although common on consoles, were rare on table radios, and are the best type of antenna for noisy environments. The chassis has had a full electrical restoration with strong tubes, all paper and electrolytic capacitors replaced, new resistors where needed, and a full alignment. It also has a badly needed safety upgrade with its hot chassis (and exposed bolts on the bottom!) now converted to the much safer floating ground system used by most other AC/DC radios. A new polarized power cord and changes to the power switch wiring further enhance safety. Lighted dial. 11"W x 6"H x 9"D.  $195.00. (1310081)

 

Zenith 712 "Challenger Line" (1933)

ON SALE
until
November 13

Zenith 712 "Challenger Line" (1933)

Here's an opportunity to own one of these much-sought-after early Zeniths at an affordable price. The ornate cabinet features elaborate scrollwork, raised flourishes, and patterned inlays. This cabinet was refinished by a previous owner and has a nice satin finish which was applied in many coats. It lacks the original burl pattern on the front crest, and the original brass "Zenith" nameplate has been replaced with a decal. Knobs and grille cloth appear to be replacements. The six-tube chassis is a superheterodyne design with AVC, a shadow meter (the left window on the front) and diode detector for low distortion, so it had all the newest technology for 1933. My electrical restoration included all new capacitors, new resistors where needed, a strong set of tubes, and a full RF and IF alignment. The original power cord is in good enough shape to continue using (a rare find!), but if you prefer a new one, I will install at no extra cost. Sensitivity and sound quality are excellent. Lighted dial and shadow meter. 14-1/2"W x 14-1/2"H x 8-1/2"D.  Was $375.00, now $250.00. (1310066)
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  TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE

  • Payment by PayPal preferred; money orders and checks also accepted (checks must clear before shipping).

  • Actual shipping costs are paid by buyer. Contact me to determine shipping cost to your address. Shipping overseas is possible, but the customer must be willing to pay for shipping services with delivery verification and insurance. All radios are shipped double boxed, insured, with tracking information.

  • An audio input jack can be provided on any of the radios I sell at no extra charge if you request it, and a Bluetooth adaptor can be installed for $25.

  • All radios and televisions are electrically restored by me. I have many years experience and have restored hundreds of vintage radios, TVs, phonographs, and stereos. If your radio or TV arrives dead or fails within the first 60 days of normal use (and no internal modifications made by the buyer), I will repair for free. Shipping costs for U.S. and Canadian customers for repairs in the first 60 days are split (you pay for shipping to me, I pay for return shipping to you). After 60 days, normal repair and shipping fees (both ways) will apply, although my charges are very reasonable. For customers outside the U.S. and Canada, the customer must pay shipping both ways for repairs, even for those within the first 60 days.

  • If you are unsatisfied with your purchase for any reason, please contact me and I will do my very best to make things right.

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