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Crusader Mini Cathedral

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Crusader Mini Cathedral

This one-of-a-kind Crusader mini cathedral was manufactured by Belmont Radio Corporation of Chicago, Ill. This adorable little four-tube TRF was part of the explosion of low budget radios manufactured in the early 1930s in response to the Great Depression. It is roughly half the size of most cathedral style radios of its day. The cabinet has been fully restored in luxurious walnut. The chassis has been totally recapped and resistors as needed. If there is a radio version of frog hair, this is it! I found no information about this radio anywhere. If you see the one on Radio Museum, this is that radio. I brought this little cutie back from total demolition and I am very proud of it (email me for before and after photos, you will be amazed.) The speaker is what came with it and is not original, but sounds very good. There are a couple of very fine pencil marks on the front that I didn't get removed well enough before going crazy with the spray gun. They are not objectionable and most people don't notice them (really ticked about that little boo-boo).  $200.00. (1680002)

 

Detrola 321

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Detrola 321

Get a load of this cute little Detrola 321 table radio from 1939/1940. Unlike almost every other radio company from Chicago, Detrola set up operations in Detroit, hence the name. This is a very nice restoration. The grille is usually pretty awful on these but I was able to get this one fairly straight. I had to make a dial glass for it, but it looks very nice. One repop speaker screw. One minor veneer repair on the front and one little speck in the top finish. I went overboard on the finish of this set and it is very nice. All new caps, resistors as necessary, three tube replacements and a full alignment. The sound is very good and it has very good reception. I wasn't real sure how to price this, but look at those pictures! This thing is very sweet. Come on. Break your addiction to Chicago and pick up this little gem from the motor city!  $125.00. (1680009)

 

Oriole 4A

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Oriole 4A

This one-of-a-kind Oriole 4A "farm radio" was manufactured in the early 1930s by Radio Products Corporation of Chicago Ill. If you are the kind of person that wants to own the only one in the world, this one is for you. If you see the one on Radio Museum, this is that set. The cabinet is beautifully restored in conventional walnut with Spanish walnut detailing. Fully recapped, with resistors as necessary and a full alignment. This was my first radio restoration, before I knew not to buy battery sets, so I bit the bullet and bought the $75 power kit from Antique Radios. The original battery plug is still complete and usable. The knobs are what came on it, and one is not original. It is interesting that this set is "instant on" with almost no warmup period. It is a very nice little set. I'm obviously losing my shirt at this price. I hope someone will fall in love with it.  $125.00. (1680003)

 

Philco 37-604

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Philco 37-604

Check out this spectacular example of the unique and rare Philco 37-604 table radio from 1936/1937. Beautiful, stylish Art Deco design in one of the most distinctive table radios of its time. This sporty little five-tuber had top mounted tuning controls and brought in stations on Broadcast and Short Wave. The cabinet has been beautifully restored in the original walnut and the top is in stunningly good condition. Fully recapped and resistors as necessary. Caps were stuffed in the original tar pot shells to retain originality. The odd Philco bias cell was replaced with a modern LR44 Silver cell that should last at least 10 years. This set is very eye catching and will make an outstanding addition to your collection. It is one of my nicest restorations and I hope you will be as proud of it as I am.  $350.00. (1680008)

 

Philco 42PT95 (1942)

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Philco 42PT95 (1942)

If you want to knock "cute" out of the ball park, pick up this endearing little Philco table radio from 1942. The cabinet is beautiful and unique. The grille and knobs are original and in nice condition. Fully recapped with resistors as necessary and fully aligned. I had to fabricate a new dial glass, but I am sure you, like me, will be surprised how good it looks. Grandma had one just like this sitting on the kitchen counter keeping her entertained and updated on the war while she canned vegetables. I may have the white a little too white. There are no good color photographs, and after two tries, I settled on this. I hope you like it!  $135.00. (1680007)

 

Trav-Ler 56C233 Clock Radio

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Trav-Ler 56C233 Clock Radio

This Trav-Ler clock radio from 1958 is a fairly rare radio, especially in this aqua blue color. The cabinet is in very nice condition with all the original knobs and dial. The chassis has been fully recapped, and resistors as needed. The set has been fully aligned. The clock mechanism has been repaired and lubricated. The best I can tell, it works as it should, but I couldn't find operating instructions for it. Obviously I have much more work in this set than I can ever ask for it, but my father-in-law picked it up for me at a flea market and was so excited to give it to me that I had to restore it. Perfect for the discriminating buyer who wants, like me, to wake up to the same kind of radio you did as a kid.  $75.00. (1680004)

 

Westinghouse H-157

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Westinghouse H-157

Here's a very nice Westinghouse H-157 table radio from 1948. Fully restored in its original color, (at least as I received it) with original knobs and grille cloth. This is a very handsome little table set with surprisingly good audio due to the push-pull audio outputs which I replaced with a nicely matched pair. It is fully recapped, with resistors as necessary and fully aligned. Decent reception with the internal antenna. Unique dial trim. Put this on the kitchen cabinet and tune in an AM station to bring back the good old days of mom whipping up a hearty breakfast to the sounds of the 50s.  $140.00. (1680005)

 

Zenith 5D011Z Consoltone (1946)

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Zenith 5D011Z Consoltone (1946)

Offered for sale is a nifty little Zenith Consoltone 5D011Z table radio from 1946. This is a really swell little set with surprisingly good sound and decent reception on its internal antenna. The cabinet is in very nice condition, with all original knobs and grille cloth. It has been fully recapped and resistors as needed, and fully aligned. The only thing not original is the power indicator lens, which I had to fabricate, as none were available. The sound is surprisingly rich for a small table set, hence the name "Consoltone." You won't regret owning this little gem. It doesn't take up much space on the counter top and will keep you entertained in the kitchen, just as it did for Mom and Dad, after he got home from the second "war to end all wars."  $175.00. (1680006)

 

Zenith LH "Zenette" Cathedral (1932)

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Zenith LH "Zenette" Cathedral (1932)

Offered for sale a very sweet and rare Zenith LH "Zenette." This was an early effort in 1932 for Zenith to address the depression era money crunch and compete with the flood of cheapo sets coming on the market. Unlike the four- and five-tube cut rate sets, it was built with seven tubes and has much better sensitivity than most of those. It has been lovingly restored in a rich vermilion walnut hue, and I think it is stunningly beautiful. The knobs are not original (I made them myself); I also fabricated the tube cover. All caps and resistors have been replaced and a full alignment done. I feel confident that people will notice this gem among your collection. For the person who wants to have something no one else is likely to have, this is what you are looking for.  $450.00. (1680001)
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