David Martin's Radio Attic

the Radio Attic Marietta, GA 30062
770-655-3003
 

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I have actively collected and restored old radios for well over 25 years.  As an amateur radio operator, even my ham equipment is tube operated.  I love old radios that "Glow In The Dark."  Restoring these beautiful old sets brings me a great deal of enjoyment, and being able to share these with other interested parties is certainly very satisfying.  If you happen to be in the Atlanta metropolitan area and would like to view the radios for sale here on my Attic, please e-mail or call me. It would be my pleasure to meet you.   Please click here to read my terms & conditions.
 
My Radio Attic is having a SALE!

 

Continental Tombstone AM/SW (1936)

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Continental Tombstone AM/SW (1936)

Beautiful multi-colored dial, backlit, red and green. The airplane style dial pointer is a golden globe of the world, with a pointer at either end. A six-tube with a power transformer, a mid-price set for this era. The rear factory sticker shows, "C.R. & T.C." indicating it was manufactured by Continental Radio and Television Corporation, which years later changed their marketing name to Admiral. The cabinet has been refinished using the very finest toning and finishing lacquers, producing a lovely luster. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs, internally fused for your safety and has a new polarized power cord) and it plays very well on the AM broadcast and the shortwave bands. 15-1/2"H x 14-1/2"W x 8"D.  $179.00. (1390253)

 

Crosley "New Fiver" Tombstone (1935)

Crosley "New Fiver" Tombstone (1935)

The Art Deco influence is absolutely wonderful on this Crosley tombstone. With its exotic veneer inlays, book-matched veneer and design, it strongly resembles a Deco sky scraper of the era. This lovely cabinet has been refinished using the very finest toning and finishing lacquers, producing a gorgeous finish. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs and it is internally fused for your safety), and it plays very nicely on the AM broadcast band and also has the old Police band, which isn't in use today. 13-3/4"H x 11"W x 8"D.  $208.75. (1390205)

 

Fairbanks-Morse 5BT2 AM/SW (1937)

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Fairbanks-Morse 5BT2 AM/SW (1937)

An unusually difficult model to find and offered here on The Attic for the very first time. Fairbanks-Morse, a small Indiana based manufacturer, was known for their engineering advancements and a fine array of radios. Their colorful dials are simply alluring, as you can see in the pictures. The cabinet has been refinished using the very finest toning and finishing lacquers, producing a gorgeous luster, paying homage to the original detailed finish. The set retains its original knobs and grille cloth. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs, internally fused for your safety and has a new polarized power cord), and it plays very nicely on both the AM and shortwave bands. I have added an MP3 input so you may listen to your own supplied music if you wish. Benny Goodman and the Andrew Sisters sure sound nice on this radio. 14"W x 9"H x 7"D.  $270.00. (1390255)

 

Firestone Air Chief S-7398-1 "Beaumont" (1941)

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Firestone Air Chief S-7398-1 "Beaumont" (1941)

Small Art Deco influenced set that will fit just about anywhere and in any decor. Firestone contracted Stewart Warner to produce these for distribution in their tire and appliance stores. The cabinet was designed and supplied by the Ingraham Cabinet Company, a bit of a rarity since it isn't an Emerson. A six-tube super-het with an internal loop antenna, original back, original knobs and new period correct grille cloth that matched the old faded one. The cabinet top was nicely refinished while the sides, which have "photo-finish" around the top and bottom, were carefully touched up to preserve the details. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs, internally fused for your safety and has a new polarized power cord), and it plays very nicely on the AM broadcast band with a nice warm sound. 12-3/4"W x 8-3/4"H x 6-1/2"D.  $219.00. (1390254)

 

Firestone Air Chief S-7402-4 "the Reporter" (1939)

Firestone Air Chief S-7402-4 "the Reporter" (1939)

It’s not too often we have the good fortune to know the ownership history of the radios we collect; however, this little Air Chief is quite the exception. Upon graduating from high school, this Firestone was a gift to a lovely lady as a present from her parents. Marrying in 1941, she took the radio with her, moving to Ohio where she remained after WWII. Then her husband worked for the military overseas, living in Germany, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Panama and then back to Washington DC in 1968. Retiring to Florida in 1977, her prized radio was carefully stored. Just a beautiful story! The Bakelite cabinet has been nicely polished and a small crack in the top left rear louver was professionally repaired. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs, has a polarized line cord and it is internally fused for your safety), it plays very well, has an internal loop antenna, picks up lots of stations on the AM band and has plenty of volume. 8"W s 5-1/4"H x 4-1/2"D.  $109.75. (1390233)

 

Liberty Music Shops "Libertyphone" AM/SW (1934)

Liberty Music Shops "Libertyphone" AM/SW (1934)

For the very first time on The Radio Attic, a "Libertyphone," Liberty Music Shop's custom manufactured book set style radio unlike any other from the infamous "Radio Row" in New York City. Emerson had a line of book set radios as well as Crosley, both of which are relatively common today. I had previously never seen nor heard of this set, and it is very doubtful you will ever see another. Aside from being custom made, it also has shortwave and a mesmerizing new bright green eye tube, unheard of in a book set radio! The cabinet is leather, showing wear and age, with dry leather, cracked in some areas, but still quite presentable. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs, internally fused for your safety and has a cloth era correct power cord). It plays very nicely on both the AM broadcast band and Shortwave, has a large speaker and tone control. I have also added an MP3 audio input so you can listen to your own selected music. 13-1/4"W x 8-3/4"H x 8-1/4"D.  $395.00. (1390249)

 

Majestic 85 Tombstone AM/SW (1936)

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Majestic 85 Tombstone AM/SW (1936)

This is without a doubt the most collectible tombstone Majestic ever produced, and with good reason. The multiple veneers, the inlays, the classic design, new bright green magic eye tube, dial pointer is a back lit focused light, ornate detailed reverse painted dial, small separate indicator dials for functions (volume, band & tone) within the gorgeous one-piece escutcheon. It all adds up to just about the most beautiful tombstone ever made! This cabinet has been lovingly refinished using the very finest toning and clear lacquers, producing a beautiful luster, accenting the unique veneer inlays. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs and is internally fused for your safety), and this eight-tube super-het plays very nicely on the AM and both shortwave bands through its oversized speaker. I've added a MP3 input, so you can expand your listening enjoyment should you wish listen to your own supplied music. 21"H x 16-1/2"W x 11-1/2"D.  $599.00. (1390252)

 

Motorola 51X19 (1941)

ON SALE
until
September 30

Motorola 51X19 (1941)

Beautiful little pre-WWII set with white bullet knobs and a white Plaskon speaker grille. The grille does have some stress cracks, which is to be expected for its 77 years. Beautiful dial and red dial pointer, seen clearly through its new dial cover. I'm not much into Catalin radios, but I understand the Motorola 51X shares the same chassis as this 51X19 at a fraction of the cost! The cabinet has been nicely refinished using the very finest toning and finishing lacquers, producing a gorgeous luster. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs, internally fused for your safety and has a new polarized power cord), and it plays very nicely on the AM broadcast band with its internal loop antenna. 11-1/2"W x 7"H x 5-3/4"D.  Was $209.00, now $159.75. (1390237)

 

Olympic 6-502 (1946)

ON SALE
until
September 30

Olympic 6-502 (1946)

An unusual post-War set with a slanted dial and vertical grille bars accented in black, which I would say has a late Art Deco influence by Olympic Radio and Television Company. The cabinet has been nicely refinished using the very finest toning and finishing lacquers, producing a lovely luster. The clear round plastic dial cover has been polished, but does have a small crack at the very bottom, which does not distract from viewing the dial. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs, internally fused for your safety and has a new polarized power cord), and it plays very nicely on the AM broadcast band with its internal loop antenna. I have added an MP3 input so you may listen to your own supplied music should you wish. 13-3/4"W x 7-1/4"H x 5-1/4"D.  Was $169.00, now $129.75. (1390238)

 

Simplex "P" Mini-Cathedral (1934)

ON SALE
until
September 30

Simplex "P" Mini-Cathedral (1934)

Simplex was a small radio manufacturer located in Philadelphia PA, which began in 1923 and later moved to Sandusky OH in 1947, leading to the demise of the company. In financial distress, they were acquired by Philco, who immediately closed the plant and eliminated a formidable competitor. Simplex is a brand very hard to come by and when found, stay in the hands of collectors. This model "P" cathedral is the only one I have ever seen and I believe the smallest five-tube superhet they ever made. This cabinet has been lovingly refinished using the very finest lacquers, producing a beautiful luster. The grille cloth and knobs appear to be original and a period specific cloth cord has been added. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs and is internally fused for your safety), and it plays very nicely on the AM band. 12-1/2"H x 10-1/3"W x 7-1/4"D.  Was $335.00, now $269.75. (1390243)

 

Stewart-Warner 91-62 "Zephyr" AM/SW 1938)

Stewart-Warner 91-62 "Zephyr" AM/SW 1938)

Stewart-Warner without question produced some of the most beautiful radios ever seen and their "Zephyr," with its wrap around grille, preset push buttons and a green magic tuning eye is simply amazing "eye candy!" The separate tuning eye bezel, dial bezel and the "Magic Keyboard" push button presets really emphasize the cabinet, not to mention the louvered grille, abundant curves and a multi-level top. The cabinet has been refinished using the very finest toning and finishing lacquers, producing a gorgeous luster. The old dial cover was replaced with a new one. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs, internally fused for your safety and has a new polarized power cord and new tuning eye), and it plays very nicely on both the AM broadcast and the shortwave band. I have also added an MP3 audio input so you can listen to your own selected music. 17-1/2"W x 10-1/2"H x 8-1/2"D.  $539.00. (1390251)

 

Stewart-Warner R1235-A "The Aristocrat" Tombstone (1933)

ON SALE
until
September 30

Stewart-Warner R1235-A "The Aristocrat" Tombstone (1933)

Gorgeous chrome front grille with front burled side veneer, original grille cloth and knobs. The finish, for all of its 85 years, is still very presentable, though has some expected wear. The coloring on the front just amazes me as to how beautiful it is. I did lovingly polish it, wanting the next owner to enjoy its originality as I have. Smallish superhet tombstone with just four tubes; it is amazing how well it performs and sounds. Maybe that's why everyone loves Stewart-Warner radios: performance and design. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs and is internally fused for your safety), has a new cloth period correct power cord, Bakelite power plug, and it receives AM broadcast stations very nicely. This model rarely is offered for sale and will certainly be the focal point of anyone's collection. 12-7/16"H x 9-3/4"W x 7-1/2"D.  Was $495.00, now $378.75. (1390247)

 

Stewart-Warner R-1802-A AM/SW (1937)

ON SALE
until
September 30

Stewart-Warner R-1802-A AM/SW (1937)

Lovely multi-shouldered cube-style set which preceded the R-180. Original knobs, grille cloth and finish. Gorgeous gold filigree detailed dial with the Stewart-Warner logo imprinted. It just about looks like it's out of a time warp, as it is so clean, both inside and out. Cabinet was polished and waxed, showing little wear for being 81 years young! Premium Stewart Warner cabinets wore "Craft-Built" metal tags, designating their very best models. This tag is proudly displayed on the back. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs, internally fused for your safety and has a new polarized power cord), and it plays very nicely on both the AM broadcast and shortwave bands. I have added an MP3 input so you may listen to your own supplied music if you wish. The large speaker and separate tone control makes this set quite the "boomer!" 16-1/2"W x 11-1/2"H x 9-1/2"D.  Was $299.00, now $209.75. (1390236)

 

Western Air Patrol 159 (1939)

ON SALE
until
September 30

Western Air Patrol 159 (1939)

Offered for the first time on the Radio Attic is a difficult to find Western Air Patrol model 159. Western Air Patrol, distributed from Los Angeles, represented one of the few manufactures on the West Cost. Likely produced by Gilfillan Brothers, also on the West Coast, for Western Auto, whose headquarters was in Kansas City. This is a unique radio with Art Deco influence, what with its Tenite black grille, push buttons, rounded sides, horizontal dial marker and rear tone control. The cabinet has been refinished using the very finest toning and finishing lacquers, producing a gorgeous luster. The electronics have been completely restored (no shortcut repairs, internally fused for your safety and has a new polarized power cord), and it plays very nicely on the AM broadcast band with its internal loop antenna. 13"W x 8"H x 6-1/4"D.  Was $259.00, now $209.75. (1390250)
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Antique radios are very delicate instruments that were designed and manufactured many decades ago.  It normally takes several minutes for a vacuum tube radio to fully 'warm up' and begin receiving signals.  Most antique radios will not receive signals unless you attach a very long, thin wire as an antenna.  Long distance reception is generally better during the evening hours, but strong local stations are typically received well during the daytime.  Buyers should not expect the same sound quality and performance from an antique radio that can be achieved by more modern radios.  Lastly, since these radios are between 60 and 80 years old, they just simply not as reliable as modern radios.  Some household appliances, dimmer switches, monitors, garage door openers and florescent lighting can cause noisy interference.  It is very important to note that antique radios should never remain permanently plugged in, left playing for long periods of time or left unattended.  When you're finished enjoying your radio, unplug it.

I will hold a radio for five (5) calendar days for the first buyer to send an email expressing their intention to purchase the radio.  If payment is not received in full within five (5) calendar days, it will be eligible to be sold to any other potential buyer.  I do not accept partial payments, deposits or monthly payment plans, or hold checks.

If a buyer is not satisfied with a radio, they have seven (7) calendar days after delivery to contact me by e-mail.  If a buyer wants a full purchase price refund, the radio must be returned in as-sold condition.  Any returned item must be shipped at the buyer's expense and fully insured for the original purchase price.  The buyer must promptly return the radio, so the seller receives it within fifteen (15) calendar days after it was initially delivered to the buyer, which would be confirmed by a tracking number.  The seller will refund the full purchase price within ten (10) calendar days after the radio is received and inspected as long as these conditions are satisfied.

All packing, shipping and insurance costs are paid by the buyer.  My radios will be very carefully packed and shipped using FedEx or UPS, as I do not use the services of the Post Office.  Please note that I do not ship outside of the Continental United States, nor do I ship to Canada or to any Post Office box.  If your radio is damaged in shipping and you want a refund, you will have to take the radio and all of the original packaging to your FedEx or UPS location for inspection.  This is FedEx and UPS policy.  In certain cases, FedEx or UPS may retrieve the radio and packing materials from your home upon your request.

Payment Options:
1) Money Order or Bank Cashiers Check.
2) PayPal funded from your checking account or PayPal balance only.  No credit card payments of any kind through PayPal unless you absorb all fees.
3) Personal checks (must clear prior to shipping).
4) Cash (in-person local pickup only) 

< David's Radio Attic Testimonials >
  • "Hello David, just letting you know the radio is playing well in the UK, and I'm enjoying it very much."
  • I received my '37 Delco R-1126 "The Companion" today. It's really beautiful and plays very well. I almost expected to hear Bennie Goodman play "Sing Sing Sing" or the Count Basie Orchestra playing "One O'Clock Jump" when I turned it on!
  • David, what can I say? Can you hear Louie Armstrong in Georgia? Spectacular looks and SOUND! I can't wait till dark to see the lighted dial. You did a beautiful job and I'm mesmerized!
  • Such a cool little radio. I darkened the room to get the full effect, which is JUST fantastic. It really has soul!
  • Hi David, the radio looks and sounds great! Very happy, thanks for everything!
  • The radio is just beautiful and pulling in local mega station WBZ very strong! Thanks a million!!
  • The Arvin arrived safely. Plays and looks great. Thanks so much!
  • Just wanted to let you know that the radio arrived safe and sound. It's a beauty! And it sounds great—very pleasing and relaxing. It's a joy to look at and listen to!
  • My Emerson arrived safely and wow, what a great packing job! I LOVE it and I'll be back for more of your radios!!!
  • I'm so tickled with this radio. Why oh why did I wait so long to buy one? Its great! Thanks!
  • The package arrived yesterday---and he loved it!!! Thank you so much.
  • Excellent... It plays very well. Your reputation is flawless!
  • Got the radio today. Thanks! I was well packed and looks great.
  • The Sylvania radio just arrived and is a beauty! Thanks!!
  • Received both radios today, in good condition. I think I built up my arm muscles in unpacking them! Well done.
  • Got the General radio last night. Spent the evening unpacking it! Nice job! Beautiful radio, am very happy.
  • Just want to let You know that the Radio was received on Tuesday, and I Love It !! You did a Great Job Restoring the Radio! Thanks for the Nice job on the packing too!
  • The Fada arrived yesterday, but I didn't open it until this morning. It is LOVELY, and the packing was so good that I shall use it to cover my fallout shelter! Thanks for adding yet another radio to my collection of more than several hundred.
  • Just opened the Radio and it sounds great, plugged it in and tuned in my sports station now life is good. Thank you!
  • This is SO beautiful!!! Thank you.
  • The radio arrived safely; great packing! For me, this is a killer radio. The "look" is incredible. I am a sucker for unusual-looking wood. This is a piece of furniture in my eyes. Thanks again!
  • It's in great shape. Thank you!!
  • I wanted to update you on my FADA. It looked too good and sounded too nice. My daughter talked me right out of it so I'll be buying something else from you to take its place!
  • David the radio arrived looks and works great. Thanks.
  • Its good to deal with a nice person in this world of e-bay cheaters and liars. Love the radio and all the attention to detail you put into it… Oh, it plays GREAT!
  • Hi David, I just received your package and the radio works fine. Thank you SO much!
  • Just wanted to let you know the radio arrived safely and looks and sounds great. Thanks!!!
  • Holy cow this thing is awesome!!! Yeah, music all through the house!!! Thank you!!
  • Got it. Great radio. Thanks!!!
  • One word sums it all up – "WOW"….. The R-169 radio both looks and sounds like it literally came out of the factory yesterday,
  • Radio arrived today and it's beautiful. Thank you so much for the speedy shipping and protective packing!
  • The radio came today! No problems. The radio is beautiful. Thank you!
  • Hi I received the radio yesterday and it is beautiful... Thanks!
  • Whoa! That is a cool radio. I gave it to my Dad this morning. He opened it and loved it. We immediately plugged it in and drooled over it. Really cool!! Thank you!
  • The radio came at 11am this morning . It plays great ! Man when you package something you package !! It is very shiny. I want to thank you very much and I plan on getting many listening hours with it!
  • What a sweet radio! It was packed fantastic. I had high expectations from the photos and the Emerson AD-110 Mini-Tombstone exceeded them by far. It is a gem.
  • It is indeed here! Nice packing job. It is exactly what I had hoped for. It is connected and playing well as this is being written. A very special Christmas gift for me. Yep, it takes me back to a very special place in time.
  • I am really enjoying the Fairbanks-Morse 5C radio. It is a beautiful radio and I have been pleased with the reception I am getting with the long wire antenna.
  • The Zenith arrived safe and sound and everything is working great. Thanks very much!
  • Wanted to thank you for the new addition to my collection. She's a real beauty!!!!
  • What a beautiful little desktop! My wife absolutely loves it. It arrived safely and is now playing a local station in our home office. We are both extremely pleased with this radio. Thank you so much!
  • I have never received better-packed radios than the Belmont you sent!
  • It's refreshing to do business with someone of your character that does what they say they'll do, especially in this day and age. Thank you very much! Oh, the radio is lovely, too!
  • As expected, the WG made Airline is superb! Sounds great, playing the great old music that should be playing on it, through my in-house transmitter. When I opened the box, the usual fear of what you might find was quickly put to rest, great packing job.
  • You probably know that I received the Emerson. WOW! It is so beautiful! And it's playing right now. I love that golden dial backplate. It looks very rich!
  • The Phantom Junior arrived safely and works well. This was one occasion when your expert and conservative packaging helped because the box arrived with a gash on one side. The extra interior cardboard really save the day on this one. Great looking set, particularly with the lighted dial on. I feel most fortunate.
  • David - the Zenith 5-S-228 is truly beautiful. I appreciate your detailed workmanship, plus the careful packaging to ensure safe delivery. Thanks very much.
  • Thank you for your attention to details with the radios I purchased. As always, seeing your treasures on the Radio Attic is always a real treat.
  • The radio just arrived and it is beautiful!!! I love it and so will my wife. As promised the moment we put it up I will send a few pictures. Thank you so very much. This will make Christmas very special for my wife and I.

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