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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.
 
My Radio Attic is having a SALE!

 

B.F. Goodrich 11-701 (1950)

ON SALE
until
April 23

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.  Was $165.00, now $125.00. (1560005)

 

Emerson CG268 (1939-40)

ON SALE
until
April 23

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.  Was $75.00, now $60.00. (1560002)

 

Emerson R-153 w/Ingraham Cabinet (1937)

Emerson R-153 w/Ingraham Cabinet (1937)

Gorgeous Ingraham cabinet. When found, this radio was literally falling apart. The cabinet has been professionally reassembled and refinished. Includes a new NOS (not repro) dial and new dial window. New grille cloth and cloth-covered power cord. Recapped, checked and aligned originally by Antique Audio of Plymouth, MI (40+ years of experience), before being passed on to me. Includes an aux input so you can plug in your phone, CD player, or other device.  $355.00. (1560006)

 

General Electric 212 (1948)

NEW!

General Electric 212 (1948)

Here's an early FM/AM set from 1948, with a striking mid-century design blending wood, plastic, and fabric. This is a seven-tube set utilizing the new-at-the-time miniature tubes. I replaced the three weak ones, recapped and aligned the set. Performance is decent for an early FM set, and it sounds good on AM too. This set has a host of minor flaws. There are chips in the wood on the corners and some finish loss on the edges. There are some stress marks in the plastic, mostly on the side but one on the front as well. The propeller dial has been carefully fixed. The cloth is intact and clean and the back is solid and original. This set still displays well and its flaws mean a good low price for you!  $95.00. (1560010)

 

General Electric J-54W

ON SALE
until
April 23

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.  Was $125.00, now $95.00. (1560003)

 

Kriesler 11-20

NEW!

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!  $125.00. (1560011)

 

Pilot T1424

NEW!

Pilot T1424

This is a massive table radio sporting twelve tubes and a huge speaker. Recapped, all tubes checked, power cord replaced with a vintage plug, and aligned. Brand-new bright green NOS tuning eye. The escutcheon is Bakelite, so it hasn't (and won't ever) warp or shrink. The knobs are original and feature the Pilot crest. The back cover is a carefully-constructed replacement. This radio has AM and two shortwave bands and a two-speed tuning system (coarse and fine) on the same shaft. Huge dial with lots of bandspread. The finish is in good shape, with three minor areas of finish loss (potted plants) on top, and a few minor dings and scratches elsewhere. This set is unusual in that it lacks a power transformer. Pilot made stuff for export, and this set has a ballast tube that you could swap to match the voltage in your country. Currently, it has a ballast tube for 120V operation. Due to the size of this set, I'd recommend Greyhound for shipping, but I'll be happy to work with whatever shipping method you choose. Local pickup is always available. An unusual and fairly rare monster of a set that sounds great and will be the centerpiece of any room. 25"W x 15"H x 13"D; 40+ pounds.  $495.00. (1560008)

 

RCA 14X

NEW!

RCA 14X

This pint-size beauty fits almost anywhere and packs a real wallop, thanks to RCA's great engineering. AM and shortwave band (band switch on back.) Five tubes. Recapped, tubes checked, aligned. This radio is in exceptional condition. The dial glass is crystal clear and the case still has its original shine. This set even has its original back and clips, too! This will be packed to my usual excessive standards of protection. Add this little gem to your collection today! 10"W x 7"H x 7"D.  $135.00. (1560009)
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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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