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Admiral 113-5A (1938)

Admiral 113-5A (1938)

A very rare Machine Age 1938 Admiral Art Deco radio in wonderful undamaged condition. For a case to survive 70+ years and have no cracks, chips or hairline cracks is very rare. It has an absolute killer red dial that magnifies the station positions as you tune it. Original knobs. Four original push buttons. Made by Continental Radio & TV for Admiral. The chassis has a power transformer and has been completely checked, and the radio is playing OK, picking up my local AM stations, much better utilizing an extended antenna wire. Reproduction back is on the case. About 11"W x 7"H x 7"D.  $150.00. (1150419)

 

Admiral 4R12 Portable (1950)

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Admiral 4R12 Portable (1950)

This Admiral AC/DC portable set from circa 1950 is one of the most unusual and ingenious radios ever made. The dial is hidden inside the case. When you push the button down on the right top, the dial and red dial pointer spring up, and the radio turns on. You turn the radio off by closing the dial down into the case. Very clever, and unlike any radio made before or since. The maroon styrene case is undamaged, just a few scratches and rubs. The radio is playing strongly & clearly on AC. The plastic covered handle is in good condition. Admiral name on front is in good condition. A wonderful example of a Retro 50's radio. Displays really nicely. About 9"W x 7"H x 4"D.  $149.00. (1150444)

 

Crosley 56-TA-L (1946)

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Crosley 56-TA-L (1946)

At the end of WWII, everyone liked to listen to world news on short wave. Crosley offered this handsome American Overseas model with both an AM and a SW band, in a beautiful brown Bakelite cabinet with a standout colored dial. The radio has been gone over by a pro, and plays very well on AM, with some stronger SW stations picked up at night. Partial label on the bottom, and a reconstructed back. Brand new plastic dial cover in place. No cracks, chips or other cosmetic issues. A very nice example of this post-War set not seen too often. About 11"W x 7-1/2"H x 6"D.  $124.00. (1150442)

 

Emerson 540A "Emersonette" (1947)

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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)

 

Emerson 868  "Miracle Wand" Portable (1957)

Emerson 868 "Miracle Wand" Portable (1957)

Straight out of the Jetsons, a lime green & yellow Retro Emerson beach portable in super original condition. This is a battery set that is playing just fine for me with one new 9 volt battery in place. But the unbelievable story of this radio is that it has its original hang tag, warranty, instructions & box. I have never seen this radio with its box & all its paperwork when it was originally purchased in 1957! Great color combination, and no major damage, just a tiny short (1/4") stress on the top behind the wand, hardly noticeable. This would be a real standout in any collection. Take it to the pool next summer. About 10"W x 10"H (to top of wand) x 3"D.  $150.00. (1150429)

 

Emerson 868 "Miracle Wand" Portable (1957)

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Emerson 868 "Miracle Wand" Portable (1957)

Straight out of the Jetsons, a maroon & tan Retro Emerson portable in good condition. This is a battery set that has been converted to run off easily obtainable new 9v batteries, and it plays fine, picking up all my local AM stations (batteries included). Great color combination, and no major damage like cracks or hairline cracks. Just some rubs & scratches from 60 years of use. This will be a real standout in any collection. Take it to the pool this summer. About 10"W x 10"H (to top of wand) x 3"D.  $89.00. (1150441)

 

FADA 790 AM/FM (1948)

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FADA 790 AM/FM (1948)

This great vintage FADA radio is wonderful to listen to, because you can tune in both AM and FM broadcasting programming. This model 790 was an early FADA entry into both AM & FM reception, when FM broadcasting was quite new. This beautiful brown Bakelite case has no chips, cracks or hairline cracks, and still has a lot its showroom shine. The set has been checked by a professional, and is playing good on AM & excellent on FM. Four front knobs for off/on & 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.  $224.00. (1150440)

 

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)

 

General Electric F-40 (1938)

General Electric F-40 (1938)

A really Art Deco design in this beautiful Bakelite GE from 1938. The case is in excellent condition, no cracks or other significant cosmetic issues. It has its complete undamaged Bakelite back. The radio plays utilizing an antenna wire and a power transformer. Best reception is had by extending its antenna wire. The cream dial is in excellent condition, and the pointer & knobs are completely original. The red dot indicator light is working. This is a very heavy & substantial late 1930's GE radio, not seen in this excellent condition very often. About 10"W x 8"H x 7-1/2"D.  $149.00. (1150436)

 

RCA 2-C-513 Portable Clock Radio (1952)

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RCA 2-C-513 Portable Clock Radio (1952)

A cute little colorful Retro RCA clock portable from the 1950's. The pictures make the case look a little more orange that the actual color, which is red. It's in great condition. No cosmetic issues at all, no cracks, chips, or burns, just a few scratches. Beautiful front with brass actuated Telechron clock in working order keeping time. And the radio is playing great also, tuning in all my stations up & down the dial with no filter hum. It has been recapped, no filter hum. 100% original. Midget sized at 8"W x 6"H x 3-1/2"D to fit anywhere.  $134.00. (1150438)

 

RCA 40X-56 "New York World's Fair" (1939)

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RCA 40X-56 "New York World's Fair" (1939)

A very collectable and hard to find commemorative RCA radio highlighting RCA's involvement in the 1939 New York World's Fair. The molded front panel depicts scenes from the 1939 fair, featuring the dramatic Trylon and Perisphere structures, as well as the RCA building. This was an important event for RCA, as President Roosevelt opened the fair in a speech broadcast on RCA television. The molded front is in excellent condition, the top and sides of the case have been refinished, and the back is original as well as the knobs. RCA made several of these theme styled 40X model cases, including the 40X-53 "La Siesta" Mexican design. The radio is playing very well picking up all my local AM stations clearly. Dial lamp also working fine. About 8-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D.  $749.00. (1150439)

 

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

The year 1939 produced many beautiful radios, but one of the best was this classic 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 must have in any radio collection. This beautiful Franciscan brown set originally sold for $14.95. It has a beautiful goal dial and pointer. The case is in wonderful condition, without any significant cosmetic issues. It plays fine with just an external antenna wire, as this model did not have a loop antenna. The speaker is in excellent condition, and the sound is very clear & strong. It has a nice Retro-Tronics replacement back on the set. About 10-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 7"D.  $235.00. (1150435)

 

Zenith 6-D-610 (1941)

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Zenith 6-D-610 (1941)

1941 pre-War Zenith black dial in excellent condition. Beautiful walnut Bakelite case with no cosmetic issues like cracks, chips or hairline cracks. Very nice showroom shine on the Bakelite. Original "Z" knobs. The chassis has been gone over carefully by a pro, and everything that needed replacing was replaced. The set is playing well, picking up all my local AM stations with no annoying filter hum. Beautiful lighted dial. An original back on the case. A nice pre-War Zenith. About 11-1/2"W x 6"H x 6-1/2"D.  $129.00. (1150437)

 

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 7H822 was an early Zenith entry into both AM & FM bandwidths. 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. The set 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.  $124.00. (1150434)

 

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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  • 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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