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Crosley 649 (1939)

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Crosley 649 (1939)

A really nice 1939 Crosley in its completely original paint. There are just a very few pin pricks in its ivory paint. A great vertical dial and contrasting original black knobs. Five push buttons up top. No cosmetic issues, and no case repairs. The chassis has been checked completely by a pro, everything needed changing was replaced. The radio plays nicely picking up all my local AM stations with no problems. A perfect Retro-Tronics back on the case. Really super looking Deco design from the late 30's. About 10-1/2"W x 6"H x 6"D.  $129.00. (1150454)

 

Emerson 540 Midget (1947)

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Emerson 540 Midget (1947)

Emerson post-War midget in a beautiful pistachio green Plaskon case. This is not a painted radio, it is a solid color Plaskon case. This pistachio green Plaskon color and the fire engine red color are very hard to find. This case is in near mint cosmetic condition. One very small hairline on the back corner. The midget knobs are original, as well as the back and the grille cloth. The radio has been recapped and is playing fine, better with a little antenna wire added. Here is a description from a 1947 ad for the radio: "Emerson Radio Model 540. World's Smallest AC-DC Superheterodyne. Size 4.75"H x 3.25"D x 6.5"W. Alnico 5 Permanent Magnetic Dynamic Speaker, Built-In Super Loop, Automatic Volume Control, Many Other Advanced "Big-Set" Features. Choice of Four Colors-Walnut/Ivory/Red and Green."  $295.00. (1150453)

 

Emerson 540A "Emersonette" (1947)

Emerson 540A "Emersonette" (1947)

This highly collectible midget Emerson is in perfect condition. There are no cracks, chips, or hairlines. The cases were very fragile, hence few survived. It even has 100% of its original back, and its black bullet knobs. The set plays fine picking up all my local AM stations. This was advertised at the time as the "World's Smallest AC/DC Super Heterodyne." It was available in four colors: Walnut, Ivory, Red and Mint Green. Very small at 6"W x 5"H x 3"D.  $149.00. (1150443)

 

General Electric C400 (1946)

General Electric C400 (1946)

A midget Canadian GE from about 1946 in near mint condition. Original back on the case, and full original label on the bottom. It also has its original grille cloth and knobs. The beautiful chocolate brown case is in perfect condition, no cosmetic issues or repairs. It's a four tuber but plays fine with its antenna wire extended (never had a loop antenna). This set came in several color variations, and usually all had hairlines cracks on the top from tube heat, but this one is in the finest condition I have seen in 20+ years. Very small at about 7-1/2"W x 5"H x 4"D.  $124.00. (1150423)

 

Motorola 53-LC-1 Portable (1953)

Motorola 53-LC-1 Portable (1953)

Motorola subminiature tube portable from 1953 with a hand wound clock. These four-tube sets originally sold for $45 in 1953, quite a bit of money for a beach radio. They came in three colors: dark green, gray and dark maroon. Three sub-miniature tubes, and one standard tube. This radio plays great, picking up all my local AM stations. It has been recapped and checked completely by a professional. The clock is also working. The case is in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips or hairline cracks. There is a paint chip on two, but nothing major. Handle and line cord are in nice condition. About 9"W x 8"H x 2-3/4"D. I will include a color copy of the neat 1953 advertisement for the radio.   $122.00. (1150445)

 

RCA 8-X-541 (1948)

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RCA 8-X-541 (1948)

RCA 1948 "Golden Throat" radio in super nice undamaged condition. It's certified that "This instrument has the acoustical balance which produces the tone of the Golden Throat." The chassis has been checked completely, everything replaced that was needed, and the radio is playing clearly picking up all my local AM stations. The case is in excellent condition with no cosmetic problems. The knobs are original and it has its original back. The dial really looks terrific when turned on and lit up. The brass piece on top (and pointer) looks great. Label on the bottom. About 10-1/2"W (at base) x 7"H x 5-1/2"D.  $76.00. (1150452)

 

Silvertone 2003 (1953)

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Silvertone 2003 (1953)

Cute midget Silvertone from 1953 in a perfect Bakelite case. The case is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips, or hairline cracks usually found on these sets. The "Silvertone" script on the front is undamaged. Original back, knobs and label on the bottom. This set was made in brown, ivory, red and green. The radio is playing very well, picking up all my local AM stations with no problems at all. Cute & midget sized at 8"W x 6"H x 4-1/2"D.  $39.95. (1150449)

 

Zenith 6-D-030 (1946)

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Zenith 6-D-030 (1946)

A beautifully refinished Zenith with brass trim from 1946, one of the first post-War radios by Zenith after the company resumed consumer production. A great example of Zenith's design staff with its symmetrical shape. The radio has been completely checked, and is playing strongly picking up all my local AM stations with no problems. Excellent shiny brass trim, and a light behind to let you know the radio is turned on. A perfect Retro-Tronics replacement back on the case. About 13-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D.  $129.00. (1150455)

 

Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

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Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

Beautiful black dial Zenith with a solid walnut case from 1941, purportedly one of the few radio cases made by the Ingraham Cabinet Company for Zenith. This case is in its original finish with just a scratch or two, no significant cosmetic issues. Great looking "Z" knobs, and the dial lamp works fine. It has its original back, usually always missing. Zenith engineers designed slats in the top of the case to vent heat build-up. Sometimes referred to as the "Toaster." The radio has been completely gone over by a professional, and is playing very well, picking up all my local AM stations easily. "Zenith! The Quality Goes In Before the Name Goes On." About 12"W x 7"H x 7"D.  $196.00. (1150450)

 

Zenith 6-S-511 (1941)

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Zenith 6-S-511 (1941)

A really nice example of this pre-War Zenith, before American radio production ceased for four years. With matters in Europe getting progressively worse, the American public's desire for news around the world grew. This model 6-S-511 has a short wave band as well as an AM band. It has a really cool dial with countries marked all over the globe: France, England, Germany, Holland, South America, New Zealand. A tortoise shell handle and an original back are in place. It has three knobs, five push buttons marked with New York stations, and twin dial lamps. The radio has been recapped and checked out completely, and tunes in all my local stations, as well as a few SW stations at night. This is a very heavy set with its power transformer. About 14"W x 7"H x 7"D.  $198.00. (1150451)

 

Zenith R521-R (1954)

Zenith R521-R (1954)

Beautiful dark maroon Zenith Retro clock radio from the early 1950s, with pinkish grille. The case is in excellent condition, no cracks, chips or other cosmetic issues. Complete label on the bottom and back in place. All original knobs, even with brass inserts. Great two tone color! The Telechron clock works fine keeping good time, and the radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations, and several distant stations at night. "Zenith, the quality goes in before the name goes on." About 12-1/2"W x 4-1/2"H x 6"D.  $99.00. (1150424)
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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  • I received the little red RCA today. Thank you for doing such a great job of packing. The radio receives as good as it looks....GREAT! It is playing loud and clear.
  • Hi David, The 2 radios arrived yesterday in good shape. They are beautiful! Thank you very much.
  • The radio arrived today and I love it! it's so cool, and about the way you packaged the radio, very neat and well done! you know what you're doing
  • Hi David. Just to let you know that my Fada has arrived safely in Australia, and is working well. I am listening to it as write this email.
  • Hi, David the radio plays great and we love it here, picks up all the stations, nice tone.  Thanks for selling these!
  • The radio is at home in Spain. It is in PERFECT CONDITION, clearly thanks to the SPECIAL CARE you have taken when packing it, and it is VERY NICE and WORKS VERY WELL.
  • David, just wanted to let you know the radio arrived yesterday…beautiful. Thanks for taking great care in the packaging…arrived with no issues at all.
  • 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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