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Emerson 520 Catalin (1946)

Emerson 520 Catalin (1946)

This is a post-WWII "All American Five" radio, circa 1946, in a two-tone Catalin cabinet. This one has become known as "the poor man's Catalin," as it typically sells much less than the thousand or more dollars FADA's and many other Catalin sets go for. The butterscotch Catalin really sets it off and shows up well, especially on the top and sides. The white grille is somewhat warped (very common on these), but neither that nor the cabinet has any chips, cracks, or breaks. There is one vertical crack on the rear panel, which again is very common on these sets, due to shrinkage of the Catalin. This model was produced with three possible dials: the green one found on many Emerson radios of the period, a black dial, and a gold dial. This one has the scarce gold dial! Note that the plastic dial "glass" has yellowed. The grille cloth is original. The radio has been electronically restored; all the old paper and electrolytic capacitors, and out-of-value resistors have been replaced, and power cord and other components replaced as necessary. About 11"W x 8"H x 6-1/2"D.  $160.00. (1500013)

 

Colin B. Kennedy 52 Cathedral (1931)

Colin B. Kennedy 52 Cathedral (1931)

These radios were marketed as "the Royalty of Radio," and were expensive and quality sets. The company went bankrupt in 1926 due to competition from lower-priced radios, but recovered. They did not, however, survive the Great Depression. The set has seven tubes, and is circa 1931. I personally prefer an original finish, even if it is less than perfect; unfortunately, the finish on this set was completely gone, so it has been refinished. There is one small area on the left column where there is a dark stain, and a pulled thread in the replaced grille cloth, on the right. There is what looks like a speaker bolt on one side of the cabinet. I suspect there was some veneer separation at some point, and this was added to strengthen the side. It has been re-glued now and shows no issues. The radio has been electronically restored; all the old paper and electrolytic capacitors, and out-of-value resistors have been replaced, and power cord and other components replaced as necessary. Note the cord was replaced with an authentic cloth-covered cord made to modern safety standards, as well as a reproduction acorn plug.  $300.00. (1500011)

 

Stromberg Carlson 1101 HI Series 10

Stromberg Carlson 1101 HI Series 10

This is a post-WWII six tube set. It is in an "ivory" Bakelite cabinet (which is somewhat of a misnomer, as all Bakelite was brown, and the "white" or "ivory" ones were simply painted at the factory). It has no chips, cracks, or breaks, and I see only one or two small paint flakes missing. However, the dial cover is slightly warped and the pointer is a home-made replacement for whatever happened to the original. It is a decent replacement, but not perfect. The radio has been electronically restored; all the old paper and electrolytic capacitors, and out-of-value resistors have been replaced, and power cord and other components replaced as necessary. About 9"W x 8"H x 7"D.  $60.00. (1500006)

 

Trav-Ler 5015 (1948)

Trav-Ler 5015 (1948)

This is a post-WWII "All American Five" radio, circa 1948, in white Bakelite (which is somewhat of a misnomer, as all Bakelite was brown, and the "white" ones were simply painted at the factory). There are no chips, cracks, or breaks. The radio has been electronically restored; all the old paper and electrolytic capacitors, and out-of-value resistors have been replaced, and power cord and other components replaced as necessary. About 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D.  $85.00. (1500005)

 

Trav-Ler 5015 (1948)

Trav-Ler 5015 (1948)

This is a post-WWII "All American Five" radio, circa 1948, in brown Bakelite, sometimes called "walnut Bakelite." There are no chips, cracks, or breaks. The radio has been electronically restored; all the old paper and electrolytic capacitors, and out-of-value resistors have been replaced, and power cord and other components replaced as necessary. About 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 6"D.  $60.00. (1500004)
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My Radios

My philosophy of restoration is pretty simple: make it sound good and make it look good, and do it at a reasonable price. Of course, radios this old will neither look new nor sound like a high-end stereo, but my aim is to restore them to their maximum potential. Components such as wax paper and electrolytic capacitors are always replaced, with other components replaced as necessary; when the situation calls for it, I align the set. As for cosmetics, I prefer an original finish, even if less than perfect. If an original wood finish can be kept, I clean the cabinet, touch-up any scratches, and add a new coat of lacquer as needed. Sometimes refinishing is necessary, but I will tell you what has been done on any particular radio, and describe any flaws I see. Bakelite, plastic or metal cabinets are treated similarly: cleaned, touched up or repainted as necessary, and always I tell what I have done and what others before me seem to have done. My business plan is as simple as my philosophy of restoration: treat others as you would have others treat you.

All old paper and electrolytic capacitors are replaced, as well as out-of-value resistors and other components as necessary.  I make no money on shipping: you pay the actual cost, and any overage will be returned.  You have a 14 day inspection period during which the radio can be returned for any reason, and I guarantee it for 30 days.  Note that returns do not include shipping costs.


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