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Bendix 55L3U (1949)

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Bendix 55L3U (1949)

1949 Bendix Aviation radio in a beautiful undamaged milky ivory Plaskon case. It has a striking green dial and a rust colored perforated grille. The case has no cracks, chips or hairline cracks. This radio has influences of a Raymond Loewy design with its smooth flowing lines. It's all original, has been recapped and is playing very well with no filter hum. It's hard to find this Plaskon set without some type of cosmetic issue. This is in mint condition & the best example I have seen. About 11-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 7"D.  $149.00. (1150392)

 

Bush DAC-10 (1950)

Bush DAC-10 (1950)

When I started collecting radios, I could not wait to acquire one of these classic Retro British radios. Now it's time for someone else to enjoy it. The dial glass on this set is a true piece of art with all those foreign counties printed out. It is a huge piece of beautifully swirled Bakelite. Two tone styling with tan escutcheon & matching original knobs. One small little mark on one of the back ribs, but otherwise in perfect condition. The dial glass print is also excellent. Five pushbuttons for the different wave lengths. This set requires 220V since it's British, but by using a step-up convertor, it plays great, picking up all my local AM stations. If you want me to include the convertor, it will be an additional $12, and it will add some to the shipping weight. About 12"W x 9"H x 8"D.  $219.00. (1150319)

 

Crosley 56-TD "Duette" (1947)

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Crosley 56-TD "Duette" (1947)

A one-of-a-kind designed Crosley radio in excellent undamaged condition. A must have in any collection. Nicknamed "Duette" due to its symmetrical back and front. 1947 Crosley magazine advertising for this set called it a "Rondo." Why, I have no idea! The ad said it was "Smart and new-from every view." This case is in really nice condition, just a tiny paint chip or two, but no other major issues like chips or cracks. And the radio has been recapped & gone over by a pro, and it plays wonderfully, no interference or filter hum. About 10-1/2"W x 8-1/2"H x 6"D.  $172.00. (1150389)

 

Detrola 372 Portable (1940)

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Detrola 372 Portable (1940)

Cute little Detrola midget portable from around 1940 in super nice original condition. The case is made from Tenite plastic, and is in completely undamaged condition. Tenite is a brand of cellulosic thermoplastic material. Even the fabric covering is in excellent shape. The handle is original & not broken. This is a battery set that operates on a 67V battery and two "D" cell batteries. At one point in the past, I bought a new 67V battery, and the radio is working & playing well with all its batteries in place. The radio will include the batteries. When the door is opened, the radio begins playing. Close the door and click it shut, the radio turns off. The Tenite has a Catalin-like color. About 8-1/2"H x 4"W x 4"D.  $109.00. (1150393)

 

Emerson "Miracle Wand" Portable Model 868 (1957)

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Emerson "Miracle Wand" Portable Model 868 (1957)

Straight out of the Jetsons, a maroon & tan Retro Emerson portable in really great condition. This is a battery set that has been converted to operate using easily obtainable new "C" batteries, and it plays fine, picking up all my local AM stations. Great color combination, and no major damage like cracks or hairline cracks. One tiny little chip in the left bottom foot, barely visible at all. This will be a real standout in any collection. Take it to the pool this summer. About 10"W x 10"H (to top on Wand) x 3"D.  $124.00. (1150390)

 

Emerson 547-A (1947)

Emerson 547-A (1947)

Ivory Plaskon midget Emerson in really nice condition. The case is in excellent shape with no cosmetic issues like cracks, chips or hairline cracks. The chassis has been recapped, and the radio plays very well, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The black knobs are original, and it has its original back. Very cute midget! About 9"W x 5-1/2"H x 5"D.  $89.00. (1150387)

 

Emerson 833 Series-B Portable (1954)

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Emerson 833 Series-B Portable (1954)

Midget sized colorful orange "Beach Portable" from Emerson, circa 1954. This radio has been recapped and is a very strong player on AC, picking up all my local AM stations loud & clear. Has not been tested on batteries, as they are expensive to replace. No case damage or issues other than a few rubs & scratches after 70 years. Nice original handle & great color. About 8-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 3"D.  $79.00. (1150388)

 

Emerson 868 "Miracle Wand" Portable (1957)

Emerson 868 "Miracle Wand" Portable (1957)

Straight out of the Jetsons, a lime green & yellow Retro Emerson portable in super undamaged condition. This is a battery set that still has its original batteries and is playing fine, picking up all my local stations. You can't get more original than this! Great color combination, and no damage like cracks, chips or hairline cracks. A real standout in any collection. Take it to the pool this summer. About 10"W x 10"H (to top on Wand) x 3"D.  $154.00. (1150384)

 

FADA 1000 Catalin (1945)

FADA 1000 Catalin (1945)

The FADA Catalin "Bullet" is a true classic radio. Named for Frank Angelo D'Andrea who founded the company in 1921. With its sleek rounded case, it's obvious how it received its "Bullet" name. FADA produced many radios over the years, but is best known for its Catalin models. This Catalin maroon case and butterscotch trim is in great condition, no cracks, chips, hairline cracks or tube burns. Everything is original except its reproduction back. It's truly an icon of industrial design suggesting speed and movement. The radio is playing very well, clearly picking up all my local AM stations although I would not recommend extended playing as nothing good is likely to happen! Any questions, or more pictures, just ask. About 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D.  $875.00. (1150381)

 

FADA 605 (1946)

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FADA 605 (1946)

1946 FADA in an undamaged ivory Plaskon case. A very hard to find radio without hairline cracks in the Plaskon. But this one is undamaged and in excellent condition. Most of its original back is on the set. Original matching ivory plastic knobs. The chassis has been recapped and the radio is playing very well with no annoying filter hum, picking up all my local AM stations with no problem. Great FADA glass dial, and a handsome design. About 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D.  $109.00. (1150391)

 

Philco Model 41-22CL Clock Radio (1941)

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Philco Model 41-22CL Clock Radio (1941)

Pre-War 1941 Philco in excellent working condition, one of the most handsome clock radios Philco made. The radio chassis & case have been completely restored. No cracks, veneer chips or breaks. A perfect Retro-Tronics back on the case. The clock has been running for several days, and is keeping perfect time. The radio has been recapped & is playing very well with no filter hum. It's a two band set, and the second band is the old police band. Original bullet knobs. A really handsome Philco. About 15"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $148.00. (1150395)

 

Setchell Carlson 427 "Frog Eye" (1946)

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Setchell Carlson 427 "Frog Eye" (1946)

Large "Frog Eye" radio in a perfect case of beautiful ivory Plaskon. This set is in the finest condition of any I have seen in 20 years of collecting. The case is in mint condition with no cracks, chips, or hairline cracks, and a nice shine. The inside of the radio is super clean, since these radios had an inverted chassis. The set is playing very well picking up all my local AM stations with no annoying filter hum. A really nice example of this model.` About 12"W x 7-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D.  $109.00. (1150394)

 

Sonora WAU-243 (1939)

Sonora WAU-243 (1939)

A classic machine age designed radio from 1939. The original ivory painted case is in excellent condition, just a few chips in the paint. There is no cosmetic damage like chips, cracks, hairline cracks, or repairs. The radio is playing well, and is tuning in all my local AM stations clearly. It has its original back with a partial label. The pushbuttons on these sets are usually always badly deteriorated. These original pushbuttons on this Sonora are in perfect condition. When the radio is turned on, the dial light shines up thru the large maroon top dial, indicating the station position. No other radio was ever designed quite like this Sonora. About 10-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D.  $234.00. (1150375)

 

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

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Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

The year 1939 produced many beautiful radios, none better than this Zenith tabletop set, which is an icon of the Art Deco period. Designed by Robert Budlong, one of Zenith's most prolific design engineers, it is a classic in any radio collection. The radio has to its credit an appearance in one of MGM's Babes in Arms movies, featuring Rooney & Garland. This beautiful set in black lacquer originally sold for $14.95. The case is in wonderful condition, with no cracks, chips, hairline cracks, or other cosmetic issues. It plays fine with just a short antenna wire, but even better with a link to an external antenna, as this model did not have a loop antenna. It has a nice Retro-Tronics replacement back on the set. About 10-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 7"D.  $199.00. (1150396)

 

Zenith 7H822 AM/FM (1949)

Zenith 7H822 AM/FM (1949)

This great vintage Zenith radio is wonderful to listen to, because you can tune in both AM and FM broadcasting stations. This model was an early Zenith entry into both AM & FM band widths. These early diagonal dial Zenith sets are almost impossible to find with the brass Zenith eagle crest still on the case. This beautiful brown Bakelite case has no chips, cracks or hairline cracks and still has its showroom shine. The set has been checked by a professional, and is playing well on both AM & FM. Three front knobs for off/on, band, and tuning. A great part of Zenith history and case design, as well as a great set to hear a wide variety of programming. About 12"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $139.00. (1150385)

 

Zenith R511-R "Broadway" (1954)

Zenith R511-R "Broadway" (1954)

A very colorful red maroon Retro Zenith from 1954 in nice condition. The radio has been recapped, and is playing well with no annoying filter hum, picking up all my local am stations. The red maroon plastic case is good condition, with no cracks, chips, or hairline cracks, just a few light scratches. The coolest feature of this radio is the dial lamp inside the case, that glows & follows the dial pointer around the dial as you tune stations. Original knobs and back in place, and model number on the bottom. A super cool Zenith Retro radio. About 12"W x 5"H x 6"D.  $115.00. (1150383)
Restoration philosophy

My restoration philosophy is to leave these classic radios in their original condition as much as possible.  I hate refinishing or repainting a set unless it's absolutely necessary.  When this is necessary, I use a professional person for refinishing & repainting.  Over many years, I have attempted to acquire the best original undamaged examples of all models I could find.  They have been restored to playing condition unless noted. Any repairs that have been made, and any cosmetic flaws associated with the radio, are completely disclosed.  Keep in mind that these radios are 60+ years old, and, consequently, are not meant to played all the time.  We all love for these radios to play, but we also recognize that they should not be played all the time.

Warranty information

All radios are tested to make sure they are playing prior to shipping.  A lot of jostling in shipping can make tubes loose and connections become unconnected.  These are some of the unforeseen results associated with shipping.  I have no control over how the shipper treats the package.  If you purchase a radio and it is not working and playing when you receive it, I will offer several suggestions to help it work.  If those suggestions don't solve the problem, you are welcome to ship it back to me for any repairs that are necessary.  The radio will be shipped back to you at my expense, or your purchase price will be completely refunded if the set can't be repaired.

Conditions for return

I want you happy with any radio you purchase from me.  If you're not completely satisfied after receiving the radio, all you have to do is send it back in the same condition as shipped, and I will be happy to return your purchase price.  No sale is complete until you are satisfied.

Shipping

Anyone who has bought a radio over the past years can relate many horror stories about opening a box, and finding a cracked and busted radio inside.  I have experienced this, and consequently I do everything possible to prevent this from happening to you.  A seller really only has three choices for shipping.  I have had the most success using FedEx Ground.  My packing procedure is to wrap the radio in a foam pad (like a mattress pad), wrap that in large bubble wrap, lay the wrapped set on a thick layer of styro peanuts, and surround the package in the box with thick brown packing paper to make sure it's stabilized in the box.  Then top off with a layer of peanuts.  Another secret to safe shipping is to use a box much larger than the radio so there is plenty of room for protection.  When you cram a radio in a box about the same size as the radio (to save on shipping), you are asking for trouble.  Many people double box radios for shipping. I have found that if a radio is packed properly, single boxing is adequate and very safe.  All radios are insured and tracking information sent to the buyer.

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  • The Philco is beyond expectations.  You were also the best wrapper I have ever met.
  • Just to let you know that the Setchell Carlson arrived today in Australia without a hitch and in perfect condition. It performs extremely well & clear. Thanks for packing it well & look forward to future trades!
  • Brilliantly packed and man does that radio play like a champ! You are the best vintage radio seller, hands down. Thank you thank you!
  • The radios arrived today, safe and sound - thanks for a super packing job.
  • Just a quick note to let you know that the radios arrived last Friday, and both look great!!
  • The radio arrived in good shape and working fine. I wouldn't hesitate to order another radio from you.
  • I purchase from you because I trust you and you are a man of your word. What you sell is true to what you say it is.
  • The G.E. H-510 came today in great shape!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much, you did a good job restoring this one!!!
  • Prompt shipping, great packaging, excellent housing, and excellent playing radio. Thanks.
  • Just received the radio, what a great addition to our collection.... Thanks!
  • I want to thank you for your great customer care. I wish there was a place I could leave you feedback!
  • The radio arrived today. It looks great and plays well. Thanks for a thorough packing job.
  • The wood Crosley is a beauty! Thank you for the great packing and a fine radio to add to my personal collection.
  • Just a quick note to tell you the radios arrived last week and I got a chance to open the boxes today. I'm delighted with both, and the way they were packed. Thank you! Thank you!
  • Just got the Crosley!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Everything works great!!!!

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