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Atwater Kent 82 Cathedral (1931)

Atwater Kent 82 Cathedral (1931)

In the eyes of many collectors, the Atwater Kent model 82 cathedral is one of the finest cathedral radios ever made. The cabinet, with its spiral twist columns, Zebrawood crest, and Gothic arch styling epitomizes the finest in cathedral radio design. This radio still has its original finish in remarkably good condition. The seven-tube chassis is an early superheterodyne with AVC, and sound quality is better than most early superhets. Sensitivity and selectivity are superb; the radio performs like new. Restoration included replacement of all capacitors and resistors, a full RF/IF alignment, a strong set of tubes, a new rubber roller for the tuner, and a new vintage-style cloth power cord and plug. Knobs are original; grill cloth has been replaced. The original speaker is in great shape. Lighted dial. 19"H x 16"W x 10"D.  $825.00. (1310074)

 

Atwater Kent 165 Cathedral (1933)

Atwater Kent 165 Cathedral (1933)

This beautifully designed cathedral radio features delicate latticework and a two-tone walnut veneer front. The refinished cabinet is in superb condition with original grille cloth and knobs. The chassis is unusually clean, with good original nickel plating throughout. Owning a radio like this in 1933 would have been a real treat -- radio technology was changing rapidly, and this radio is among the earliest to include all of the improvements that define a "modern" radio, including a superheterodyne architecture for excellent sensitivity and selectivity, an automatic volume control to equalize the volume of strong vs weak stations, a good-sounding electrodynamic speaker with cloth surround, and a vacuum tube diode detector for low distortion. Restoration included replacement of all electrolytic, paper, and mica capacitors, new resistors where needed, replacement of deteriorated wiring (including the main power transformer leads), a full RF and IF alignment, a strong set of tubes, installation of a fuse (for improved safety), and a new vintage-style power cord and plug. This radio will be a standout in any collection. 14-1/2"H x 12"W x 8"D.  $575.00. (1310065)

 

Emerson EC366 (1940)

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Emerson EC366 (1940)

This compact Emerson table radio has an attractively designed wooden cabinet with grooved sides and a Bakelite retractable handle. Like other Emersons from this era, it has a nice golden dial and pointer. The five-tube chassis is an early version of the "All American Five" design, and performs spectacularly, with superb sensitivity and selectivity. With its built-in loop antenna, this radio is much less susceptible to noise than earlier radios using wire antennas. The 5-inch speaker sounds really good in this cabinet. Restoration included a strong set of tubes, all new capacitors, new resistors where needed, a full RF/IF alignment, and a new polarized power cord. I have vastly improved the safety of this radio by rewiring it to have a floating ground instead of an exposed hot chassis (why did Emerson ever think that was OK?). Knobs and dial cover are original; the back is a replacement. Lighted dial. Small and light, so shipping will be inexpensive. 10-2/3"W x 7-3/4"H x 6"D.  $225.00. (1310076)

 

General Electric J-82 Cathedral

General Electric J-82 Cathedral

Now that's a real cathedral! The Gothic arch profile and grille make this General Electric a particularly compelling example of cathedral radio design. The original finish on this cabinet is very nice (not perfect, but surprisingly good), with very little fading of the original toner patterns. The original grille cloth has retained its color quite well. Someone took good care of this radio over its 85 year life. Can you do the same? The eight tube chassis is an earlier version than is usually found in the J-82. It is a superhet, with superb sensitivity and selectivity, but it lacks an AVC and uses the more primitive triode detector of early 1930s radios, with a sound quality and behavior a little different than later radios. You'll enjoy seeing how it compares with newer radios in your collection. Chassis restoration included replacement of all paper and electrolytic capacitors, new resistors throughout, a strong set of tubes, replacement of deteriorated wiring, addition of a fuse (for improved safety), and a better-than-factory RF/IF alignment for top performance. The previously replaced vintage-style power cord and plug are in good shape. 19"H x 14"W x 11"D.  $535.00. (1310067)

 

Westinghouse H327T6U (1951)

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Westinghouse H327T6U (1951)

By 1951, Bakelite was on its way out, and modern plastics began to be used for table radio cabinets. This Westinghouse is a fine example of an early all-plastic cabinet, and the plastic is in mint condition; the original shine looks great, with not a scratch, scuff, or crack to be found. The color is a dark chocolate brown. The six-tube chassis with RF stage is a superb performer with top-notch sensitivity and sound quality. Restoration included replacement of all electrolytic and paper capacitors, new resistors where needed, a strong set of tubes, a full RF/IF alignment, a new polarized power cord, and rewiring of the power switch and grounding circuitry for improved safety. Lighted dial. Original knobs, grille cloth, and back. Fairly compact and light, so shipping won't break the bank.  $165.00. (1310077)

 

Zenith 5-S-29 Tombstone (1936)

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Zenith 5-S-29 Tombstone (1936)

Before the famous big black dial Zeniths came this little black dial. Zenith obviously liked what they saw, and built upon the black dial theme for years to come. Like some of its larger offspring, this dial is highlighted in different colors for each band when illuminated. And check out that curly maple veneer at the bottom of the cabinet - very attractive! The chassis is a five-tube superhet, which has been fully restored with good tubes, all new capacitors, new resistors where needed, a full RF/IF alignment, a new vintage-style cloth power cord with a real vintage round plug, and a fuse for improved safety. Sensitivity is good on all bands, and sound quality is excellent. I've also done a mechanical tuneup, with a new tuning belt that feels just right, and new rubber mounts for the tuner and entire chassis, so the dial is properly aligned with the opening in the cabinet. Knobs are original walnut "Z" knobs. Grille cloth has been replaced. Tiny cracks in the dial have been repaired and are not easily visible. Aux input and Bluetooth available. 17-3/4"H x 13"W x 8-1/2"D.  $575.00. (1310075)

 

Zenith 712 "Challenger Line" (1933)

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.  $375.00. (1310066)
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  • 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 delivery verification.

  • 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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