Jeff Lilly's Attic
Hello. I'm Jeff, and I'm happy to be here at the
Radio Attic, bringing you those
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sweet-sounding little treasures from the
past. I'm from the suburbs of the great city of Detroit.
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Radios are machines. They're intended to work. Therefore, unless
otherwise strictly noted, all of my radios are sold in working order.
I replace all paper and wax caps, put in new electrolytics, new power
cords, peak reception and align each set so it works as intended. I
can add an aux input to almost any set with a transformer (if I
haven't done so already) for no additional charge. I can add a
Bluetooth receiver to these sets as well for an additional $25. On the other hand, these are old timers with character marks, and I
try to leave some indication of their age. For plastic sets, I'll
clean and polish the cabinets, but tend to leave cracks and flaws as
found rather than heavy buffing or repainting, unless the damage is
severe and extensive. Similarly, I don't refinish wood cabinets unless
they're absolutely falling apart. Click here
to read about shipping and my guarantee.
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B.F. Goodrich 11-701 (1950)
1950 brought us this early FM set. The great big Bakelite cabinet has been nicely repainted with glossy black automotive paint. An almost perfect job, except for some thickening and a blob on the back top edge of the cabinet that doesn't show from the front. Recapped, tubes checked, aligned. Includes a new FM antenna plus the built-in loop. FM performance is OK, not bad for an early set. A looker and head-turner.
Emerson CG268 (1939-40)
Here's a prewar plastic table set from 1939/40, cast in white Plaskon (not painted). The cabinet has a pair of cracks in the top, one of which has been reinforced cleverly by a previous owner. Includes AM and a shortwave band. Recapped, new power cord, tubes checked, aligned. Plays well with long wire antenna (installed.) Uses a ballast tube that gets really hot, so watch where you put it; also not recommended for long playing (over one hour,) or homes with children or inquisitive pets. A nice set with character and a good price.
General Electric J-54W
Pre-War plastic table set from 1940/41, cast in white Plaskon (not painted). Ivory radios like this usually ended up in the kitchen, where grease and moisture and accidents took their toll; this one is in pristine condition inside and out. Good performance from the All-American Five chassis. Recapped, tubes checked, aligned. A clean, pretty little winner for your collection.
From Down Under comes this cute Aussie Bakelite set. It had several nicknames, including the "soccer ball" and the "plum pudding." By any name, it's a winner. It's a four-tube transformer set. Big dial that lacks numbers-- apparently, you'd tune by city and region. Two-part Bakelite shell that lets you remove the case without removing the knobs. The case has pretty marbling and is shiny.
Unlike most of my sets, this one is sold unrestored, non-functional as it sits but completely original, with the original caps still in place. It was built for 220 volts and still has its Aussie mains plug. It's being sold as a display piece, but it is completely restorable if you choose. Two of the tubes are missing. At the customer's option, I can include the American equivalents (6A8 and 6B6) for an additional $10. The main flaw is a crack in the bottom shell (next to my thumb in the photo). There's also some minor chipping along the back edge of the top shell. However, the grille bars, which are often broken on this set, are completely intact. Now's your chance to pick up a set that's rarely seen in North America!
Terms and Conditions:
My Shipping Policy:
I'm new to the Attic, but not new to selling radios. It's a
terrible feeling when you go to unpack some long-awaited treasure,
only to find that it's busted because the seller didn't know how to
pack it. I've been there. I know. And I've resolved that
this won't happen to any of my customers.
My shipping rates are probably a bit higher than you're used to, but
it's not because I'm padding my estimate. I'm padding your
radio instead. I use new, industrial-grade packing materials,
including lots and lots of heavy duty big-bubble wrap. I use
foam peanuts as space fillers (as they're intended for), not padding
(that's what bubble wrap is for). I use new boxes that are
sized to fit your radio, not any old box that's laying around (I
will re-use boxes that meet my standards, though, in which case you
will get a small discount on your shipping. I believe in recycling
and protecting the environment, too). My shipping prices
include the cost of materials but not a penny more.
I've tested my packing system. How? I packed a Bakelite
radio as I would for shipping, then went up to my attic and hurled
the box out of the attic window, three stories down to my driveway.
Then I did it again, and again, and again. The radio was fine.
I'm confident yours will survive anything FedEx, UPS or the USPS can
throw at it (or on top of it). In my years of selling, I have
never had a radio arrive broken. The only complaint I ever got
(I hope facetious) was that I had used too much packing material and
their living room was a mess.
I'll get quotes from USPS and a shipping company of your choice.
For larger items, like consoles, I've had great success shipping via
Greyhound Bus. I may also be able to bring your radio to one
of the major swap meets in the Midwest. You can also pick up
your purchase at my home. Just get in touch and we can work
My Guarantee and Return Policy:
I want you to be happy and satisfied with your new treasure. I
offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you're unsatisfied for
any reason, just send it back (please pack it well) and I'll refund
your money or exchange it. Buyer pays for return shipping.
I sometimes partner with Antique Audio of Plymouth, Michigan.
If you need a knob or other part, or any kind of control made or
rebuilt, get in touch and I can connect you. Also, if you have
a set you're looking for, get in touch and I might be able to find
it at a swap meet (or in a buddy's basement) for you.
Click here to see the radios I sold in the last twelve months.
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