Jeff Lilly's Attic

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Hello. I'm Jeff, and I'm happy to be here at the Radio Attic, bringing you those
sweet-sounding little treasures from the past.  I'm from the suburbs of the great city of Detroit.

Click on the link above to contact me or e-mail me at lilly@radioattic.com.
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My Restoration Philosophy

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.
 

 

Clarion C-104A

Clarion C-104A

This isn't just a classic beauty, though it sure is pretty enough to look at; it's a performer, too. It's a transformer set, it has a big speaker for its size (6") that puts out great sound, has a good built-in loop antenna, and is a six-tuber. The case shows various small dings and flaws and bits of finish loss, but is otherwise original and intact. It's been recapped, aligned, and all tubes have been checked. I've added an aux input so you can plug in your phone, tablet, computer, CD player, etc. to play your own content. Like all of my radios, it will be extremely well-packed and protected for shipping. I will include a schematic and an info page on the radio as well. 15"W x 8"H x 9-1/2"D.  $195.00. (1560013)

 

Delco R-1231A "Ribbon Candy"

Delco R-1231A "Ribbon Candy"

This little cutie packs a ton of style into a small package. At only 8-1/2"W x 6"H x 6"D, it will fit almost anywhere and packs a good punch for its size. The All-American Five chassis has been recapped. The tubes have been checked and tuning aligned. I cleaned the case (which is free of any cracks and flaws,) but leave it up to you whether you choose to polish it to a super high gloss (Boy, the sun really brought out every speck of dust, didn't it?). Like all of my radios, it will be extremely well-packed and protected for shipping. I will include a schematic and an info page on the radio as well.  $165.00. (1560012)

 

Emerson 706B

Emerson 706B

It's teeny! It's tiny! Only 6-1/2"H x 5"W x 5"D, but there's an All-American Five chassis lurking in there, utilizing miniature tubes! It receives and plays very well with a surprising amount of volume. The pilot light to the left of the dial pointer tells you whether it's on or off. The Bakelite case is shiny and pretty, with only a couple of minor spots of sun fading (or extreme color variation?) at the back top. The bottom label is unfortunately absent. The set has been recapped, lubed, checked and aligned. Like all my sets, it will be very well-packed for its journey to its new home. I will also include a schematic and info page with the radio. Get this mighty mite and add it to your collection today!  $135.00. (1560017)

 

General Electric 201

General Electric 201

Here's another great little set from our pals at General Electric. It's cast in white, not painted. The cabinet has a tight 1/2" hairline crack just above the grille on the right, visible in the first two photos. It's been recapped, tubes checked, and aligned for great performance. Original tag is on the bottom, in good shape. Like all of my radios, it will be extremely well-packed and protected for shipping. I will include a schematic and an info page on the radio as well.  $115.00. (1560014)

 

General Electric J-54W

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.  $95.00. (1560003)

 

Kriesler 11-20

Kriesler 11-20

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!  $75.00. (1560011)

 

Matheson-Bell AC-55-35 Tombstone

Matheson-Bell AC-55-35 Tombstone

Here's a sharp little number, one you're not likely to see again! This radio is so rare that I have found exactly zero documentation for it. The Matheson-Bell company made few radios in any case; an offshoot or new project from one of the people behind Ozarka, they were based in Chicago and only lasted for a few years. I purchased this radio from the original owner, who listened to it when he was a boy and made several attempts at modifying and fixing it, including adding the headphone jack you can see at the rear. It is being sold as-is, as a display piece rather than as a fully functional radio, though it does sort of play. I don't know if the grille cloth is original or a replacement. Power cord is original. It has a nice Deco look to it and will make a great shelf display. I hate to part with this, but I want to send it to someone who has the space to appreciate it. It's a compact little tombstone at 14-1/2"H x 11-1/2"W x 7-1/2"D. Like all of my radios, it will be extremely well-packed and protected for shipping.  $295.00. (1560015)

 

Radiola 61-5

Radiola 61-5

Here's another great set from our friends at RCA/Radiola. It's an All-American six that covers AM and shortwave from 25-31 meters (9-12 MC). It's been recapped, aligned, and had the tubes checked out and replaced as necessary. It has an unusual combination band/tone switch (AM low tone, AM high tone, shortwave). It has a built-in loop antenna and I've also added a long wire so you can listen to shortwave. The cabinet is walnut and is heavy; the side "wings" are solid wood. The top had some finish issues and someone re-did the center section in brown toner. The sides and front seem to be the original finish. Like all of my radios, it will be extremely well-packed and protected for shipping. I will also include a schematic. Get this good price for a great radio with a few cosmetic flaws. 15"W x 9"H x 8-1/2"D.  $115.00. (1560016)
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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 something out.

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.

Other:

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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