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Emerson 724 Series D Clock Radio (1953)

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Emerson 724 Series D Clock Radio (1953)

Cute midget sized retro Emerson clock radio in spectacular condition. No cosmetic issues, no cracks, no chips no hairline cracks. This case is beautiful blue Plaskon, not painted. The model came in several colors, and is a very hard radio to find in this blue color and without any damage. The clock works quietly, keeping good time, and the radio is playing very well picking up all my local AM stations clearly, and many distant stations at night, with no filter hum. The chassis has been checked by a pro, and all items needing changing were replaced. The coolest feature of this set is the dial pointer. The dial light is directed into the dial pointer as a lighted spot, and the spot moves around the dial as you tune different stations. Very ingenious. Small at about 7-1/4"W x 6"H x 5-1/2"D.  $175.00. (1150664)

 

FADA 790 AM/FM (1948)

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FADA 790 AM/FM (1948)

This great vintage radio was one of the last sets manufactured by FADA, a company that traced its history back to the 1920's. It is wonderful to listen to, because you can tune in both AM and FM broadcast programming. The model 790 was the earliest and last FADA entry into both AM and FM reception, when FM broadcasting was quite new. The beautiful brown Bakelite case has no cosmetic issues like chips, cracks or hairline cracks, and still has most of its new showroom shine. The eight-tube chassis is playing excellent on both AM and FM. Great lighted dial. Four front knobs for off/on combined with tone, volume, tuning and band. It has its original back, grille cloth, brassy grille cover and label on the bottom. A great part of FADA history and case design, as well as a great set to listen to a wide variety of programming. About 14"W x 8"H x 7"D.  $209.00. (1150663)

 

Sparton 132 (1950)

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Sparton 132 (1950)

A really nice deep maroon Retro Sparton radio from 1950, nicknamed the "Football" radio for obvious reasons. This is a hard to find color in this model. The cases were made out of plastic, and consequently most of the survivors show a lot of wear. But this case is in very nice condition, with just a few scratches and rubs, but no cracks, tube burns or major cosmetic issues. It does have its original back and original knobs with brass inserts. The chassis has been completely gone over by a professional, and everything needing changing was replaced. The radio is playing really well without any filter hum, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. About 13"W x 6"H x 6"D.  $195.00. (1150661)

 

Tom Thumb Automatic Camera Radio (1948)

Tom Thumb Automatic Camera Radio (1948)

Well, here is a radio that you just don't see very often, and in very near mint condition. I guess Automatic Radio of Boston thought you needed something to listen to when you were taking pictures. The reflex camera requires 127 Kodak film, and I have not tested its ability to take pictures, but everything seems to function property. I would suggest you take pictures with your iPhone. But the radio has been completely restored and plays fine for a four-tube set, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. It has two "D" cell batteries and a brand new 67.5V battery installed. The 67.5V battery cost $50, so I would play the set sparingly. The red crackle finish case is in really nice condition, just a few rubs. And all the original literature is still inside the case. The plastic strap is perfect. This is a highly collectible item among radio and camera collectors. About 11"H x 4-1/2"W x 4-1/2"D.  $349.00. (1150570)

 

Zenith 5-G-403 (1940)

Zenith 5-G-403 (1940)

Pre-War 1940 Art Deco Zenith portable in really nice refinished condition. The chassis has been restored, all capacitors and resistors out of tolerance replaced, tubes checked, and the radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The photo finish strip on the top of the case is in excellent condition, and the beautiful two tone front really stands out. It has its original Zenith "Z" knobs. The model number is printed on the antenna inside the back. It does not appear to have its Wave Magnet antenna, but the radio plays fine with its original loop antenna. There are two jacks for headphones on the upper right of the case. And there is underneath storage for a battery. This set probably went on many picnics in 1940 and 1941 when people were listening to the growing threat in Europe. It is a heavy radio, even without its battery. A great part of Zenith history, very seldom seen. About 12"W x 10"H x 7"D.  $198.00. (1150607)

 

Zenith 6-D-410 (1939)

Zenith 6-D-410 (1939)

This pre-War Machine Age Zenith is a very hard to find classic Art Deco radio, in a one-of-a-kind design. Legend is that it was the only set Zenith ever tried to recall. The radio and case have been completely restored, and the radio is working and playing well, picking up all my local AM stations. According to John Bryant's anthology, "ZENITH, The Glory Years," the company's founder, Commander McDonald, became interested in the possibility of using Bakelite in molding radio chassis as well as the cases. A decision was made somewhere to use an inverted chassis, and problems soon arose from owners and technicians due to the fragility of the Bakelite. An attempt was made to recall all sold and unsold radios, and legend has it that Zenith destroyed many of these sets. Hence, there were not an abundance of these radios left. You are buying a part of the history of Zenith Radio when you buy this radio. If it was good enough for Clark Gable (shown with the pushbutton model), it has to be good enough for you! About 8"W x 6"H x 5"D.  $182.00. (1150658)

 

Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

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Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

Black dial pre-War Zenith in a beautiful original finish solid walnut case, one of only a few Zenith cases attributed to the Ingraham Cabinet Company. This was one of the last production runs before Zenith switched over to wartime operations. This case really looks fantastic, just like the day it came off the showroom floor. The radio has a unique design where tube heat is released through slats in the case. The chassis has been gone over by a pro, and all tubes, resistors and capacitors that required changing were replaced. The radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The dial lamp work fine. It has its "Z" knobs, "Z" dial pointer, tortoise original handle, and a perfect replacement back. I have had several, but this is right at the top of the best ever. About 11-1/2"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $215.00. (1150662)
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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.

< David's Radio Attic Testimonials >

  • Received the Philco clock radio and it is lovely. Thank you very much for your courtesy and cooperation.
  • I received my '37 Delco R-1126 "The Companion" today.  It's really beautiful and plays very well.  I almost expected to hear Bennie Goodman play "Sing Sing Sing" or the Count Basie Orchestra playing "One O'Clock Jump" when I turned it on!
  • David, what can I say?  Can you hear Louie Armstrong in Georgia?  Spectacular looks and SOUND!  I can't wait till dark to see the lighted dial.  You did a beautiful job and I'm mesmerized!
  • Such a cool little radio.  I darkened the room to get the full effect, which is JUST fantastic.  It really has soul!
  • Hi David, the radio looks and sounds great!  Very happy, thanks for everything!
  • The radio is just beautiful and pulling in local mega station WBZ very strong!  Thanks a million!!
  • The Arvin arrived safely.  Plays and looks great.  Thanks so much!
  • Just wanted to let you know that the radio arrived safe and sound. It's a beauty! And it sounds great—very pleasing and relaxing. It's a joy to look at and listen to!
  • My Emerson arrived safely and wow, what a great packing job! I LOVE it and I'll be back for more of your radios!!!
  • I'm so tickled with this radio. Why oh why did I wait so long to buy one? Its great! Thanks!
  • The package arrived yesterday---and he loved it!!!   Thank you so much. 
  • Excellent... It plays very well. Your reputation is flawless!
  • Got the radio today. Thanks! I was well packed and looks great.
  • The Sylvania radio just arrived and is a beauty! Thanks!!
  • Received both radios today, in good condition. I think I built up my arm muscles in unpacking them! Well done.
  • Got the General radio last night. Spent the evening unpacking it! Nice job! Beautiful radio, am very happy.
  • Just want to let You know that the Radio was received on Tuesday, and I Love It !!   You did a Great Job Restoring the Radio! Thanks for the Nice job on the packing too!
  • The Fada arrived yesterday, but I didn't open it until this morning.  It is LOVELY, and the packing was so good that I shall use it to cover my fallout shelter!  Thanks for adding yet another radio to my collection of more than several hundred.
  • Just opened the Radio and it sounds great, plugged it in and tuned in my sports station now life is good. Thank you!
  • This is SO beautiful!!! Thank you.
  • The radio arrived safely; great packing! For me, this is a killer radio. The "look" is incredible. I am a sucker for unusual-looking wood. This is a piece of furniture in my eyes. Thanks again!
  • It's in great shape. Thank you!!
  • I wanted to update you on my FADA. It looked too good and sounded too nice. My daughter talked me right out of it so I'll be buying something else from you to take its place!
  • David the radio arrived looks and works great. Thanks.
  • Its good to deal with a nice person in this world of e-bay cheaters and liars. Love the radio and all the attention to detail you put into it.  Oh, it plays GREAT!
  • Hi David, I just received your package and the radio works fine. Thank you SO much!
  • Just wanted to let you know the radio arrived safely and looks and sounds great. Thanks!!!
  • Holy cow this thing is awesome!!!  Yeah, music all through the house!!!  Thank you!!
  • Got it. Great radio. Thanks!!!
  • One word sums it all up --"WOW"--  The R-169 radio both looks and sounds like it literally came out of the factory yesterday,
  • Radio arrived today and it's beautiful.  Thank you so much for the speedy shipping and protective packing!
  • The radio came today!  No problems. The radio is beautiful.  Thank you!
  • Hi I received the radio yesterday and it is beautiful...  Thanks!
  • Whoa! That is a cool radio. I gave it to my Dad this morning.  He opened it and loved it.  We immediately plugged it in and drooled over it.  Really cool!! Thank you!
  • The radio came at 11am this morning . It plays great ! Man when you package something you package !! It is very shiny. I want to thank you very much and I plan on getting many listening hours with it!
  • What a sweet radio! It was packed fantastic. I had high expectations from the photos and the Emerson AD-110 Mini-Tombstone exceeded them by far.  It is a gem.
  • It is indeed here! Nice packing job. It is exactly what I had hoped for. It is connected and playing well as this is being written. A very special Christmas gift for me. Yep, it takes me back to a very special place in time.
  • I am really enjoying the Fairbanks-Morse 5C radio.  It is a beautiful radio and I have been pleased with the reception I am getting with the long wire antenna.
  • The Zenith arrived safe and sound and everything is working great.  Thanks very much!
  • Wanted to thank you for the new addition to my collection. She's a real beauty!!!!
  • What a beautiful little desktop! My wife absolutely loves it. It arrived safely and is now playing a local station in our home office. We are both extremely pleased with this radio.  Thank you so much!
  • I have never received better-packed radios than the Belmont you sent!
  • It's refreshing to do business with someone of your character that does what they say they'll do, especially in this day and age. Thank you very much! Oh, the radio is lovely, too!
  • As expected, the WG made Airline is superb!  Sounds great, playing the great old music that should be playing on it, through my in-house transmitter.  When I opened the box, the usual fear of what you might find was quickly put to rest, great packing job.
  • You probably know that I received the Emerson.  WOW!  It is so beautiful!  And it's playing right now.  I love that golden dial backplate.  It looks very rich!
  • The Phantom Junior arrived safely and works well. This was one occasion when your expert and conservative packaging helped because the box arrived with a gash on one side. The extra interior cardboard really save the day on this one. Great looking set, particularly with the lighted dial on. I feel most fortunate.
  • David - the Zenith 5-S-228 is truly beautiful.  I appreciate your detailed workmanship, plus the careful packaging to ensure safe delivery.  Thanks very much.
  • Thank you for your attention to details with the radios I purchased. As always, seeing your treasures on the Radio Attic is always a real treat.
  • The radio just arrived and it is beautiful!!! I love it and so will my wife. As promised the moment we put it up I will send a few pictures. Thank you so very much. This will make Christmas very special for my wife and I.
  • The radios arrived this evening, and they are SPECTACULAR! Your packing jobs were first rate, and both radios played using my phone and blue tooth. Thank you for your superior workmanship and attention to detail.
  • The radio arrived and looks gorgeous. Will play it this evening. Another marvelous piece from you. Thank you!
  • Received and unpacked.  It looks great!  Thanks for the great job packing!  Are you in the bubble wrap business? 
  • The radio arrived and is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you!
  • David, radio arrived this afternoon and it works perfectly in every way!  Very pleased with it and will continue to track your page on radio attic for new radios. Great working with you! 
  • Thank you once again for your outstanding packing job and craftsmanship. The radio arrived yesterday. It looks and sounds great! 
  • David, what a beautiful piece of history, electronics and vacuum tubes, and art work that you restored!  I am listening to the Atlanta Braves as I write this. Thanks, you are truly gifted. 
  • As the header above states, the radio arrived safe & sound.  It's a beauty.  It sounds good, looks great and the aux line works like a charm with the Bluetooth adapter I got.
  • I wanted to let you know that both radios arrived in great shape, and boy are they beautiful! Thank you for the always outstanding packaging and craftsmanship.
  • David, got your radio. It is really nice, just what I wanted for my room!
  • I received the radio today.  You did such a great job wrapping it!!!!!  I hope if you are in our neighborhood you will stop by the radio station WKDZ and look at our museum room.
  • David, 40-125 arrived yesterday...beautiful.  Thanks for all the care you took in packing up the radio...best I've ever seen.  Radio works great...love the iPod connection.  Thanks again.
  • Bluetooth connected, Teddy Wilson early radio broadcasts playing.  Heavenly.  Thanks!!
  •  I received the radio. Well packaged and playing very well. Thanks!
  • The Zenith 6-D-311 arrived today. It's everything and all that you described... “virtually flawless.” A pleasure doing business with you. Until the next time...
  • This really is, as are all of your radios, a beautiful work of art. Thank you!!

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