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Airline 74BR-1507A (1949)

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Airline 74BR-1507A (1949)

Streamlined 1949 Airline radio sold by Montgomery Ward with an Art Deco look of the late 1930's. An almost identical set was made and sold by Belmont as a model 6-D-121. Six push buttons, an on/off volume knob, and a side tuning knob are all original. The sunrise dials with clock dial pointers on these radios are really stunning, especially when lit up. There are no cracks, chips or other cosmetic problems. Original Airline back is on the case. The chassis is in great condition, has been checked by a pro, and is playing well picking up all my local AM stations. About 13"W x 7-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D.  $159.00. (1150471)

 

Belmont 636 (1939)

Belmont 636 (1939)

A great looking and rarely seen Art Deco Belmont from 1939 in excellent condition. Great gold dial and clock dial pointer really make these Belmont sets stand out. No case issues or damage like cracks or chips. The knobs are original, as well as its back. Five original push buttons that will need to be set if you desire, or just tune with the tuning knob. The chassis has been gone over and checked by a pro, everything that was needed was changed, and the set plays well, picking up all my local AM stations, and distant stations at night. About 10-1/2"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $129.00. (1150461)

 

Detrola 302 "Teardrop" (1939)

Detrola 302 "Teardrop" (1939)

This is one of the most collectable and uniquely designed radios ever made by anyone. And this set is just about as close to perfect in its original condition as you are likely to ever find. It has its original Sessions clock in working order. Many sets have replacement clocks. It also has its original back, and its original grille cloth and knobs. The walnut case is in excellent condition with beautiful handcrafted inlay. There are no cracks or splits in the veneer. The chassis is also in great condition, and the radio is playing well picking up all my local AM stations. It originally sold for $24.95. A really super unique looking Detrola. Free shipping anywhere in the USA. About 10"W x 10"H x 5"D.  $735.00. (1150463)

 

General Electric F-51 (1938)

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General Electric F-51 (1938)

This GE is an imposing piece of Bakelite from 1938. All these late 1930's GE radios were manufactured out of beautiful swirled Bakelite material. This radio was produced when rumors of wars were swirling in Europe, hence there were both AM and SW bands so people could get the latest news from overseas. The radio has a power transformer in its chassis, making a very substantial set. The radio is playing & tuning in my local AM stations, but reception on both AM & SW bands is improved with a long antenna wire. The case is in excellent condition with a full Bakelite back just missing one small rib, I believe to allow the cord plug to be removed. Great lit dial, and the grille cloth and bullet knobs are also original. Priced at $30 in its first year of sale. About 13"W x 9"H x 8"D.  $169.00. (1150470)

 

General Television 5A5 (1946)

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General Television 5A5 (1946)

A beautifully restored General Television radio of black Bakelite with striking contrasting red knobs, handle, dial trim and grille. There was no cosmetic damage of any kind, so there were no repairs made to the radio case. Professionally repainted in black & red lacquer. No cheap spray can job! A beautiful gold textured Deco dial pattern that displays "General Television." A cool Saturn shaped red plastic station indicator. This radio came in several trim colors, but this red is really striking. The chassis has been completely gone thru by a professional, and the radio plays well picking up all my local AM stations clearly. A perfect Retro-Tronics back is on the radio. Free shipping anywhere in the USA. About 8-3/4"W x 7"H x 5-1/2"D.  $234.00. (1150475)

 

Motorola 53LC2 Portable (1953)

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Motorola 53LC2 Portable (1953)

Colorful Motorola sub-miniature 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 maroon. They have three sub-miniature tubes, and one standard tube. This radio plays fine, picking up all my local AM stations. It has been recapped and checked completely by a professional. The clock, which is hand wound, is also working fine keeping pretty good time. The case is in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips or hairline cracks. The handle and line cord are in perfect condition, and the two original knobs still have their brass brights. I will include a color copy of the neat 1953 advertisement for the radio. About 9"W x 8"H x 2-3/4"D.  $112.00. (1150472)

 

RCA 45X1 Midget (1940)

RCA 45X1 Midget (1940)

Pre-War midget tabletop RCA from 1940 in mint condition. No cosmetic blemishes, no cracks, chips, hairline cracks or tube burns. It's just about as perfect as they come with a shiny showroom case & terrific swirling in the Bakelite. The chassis has been checked by a professional, and everything that needed changing was replaced. The radio is playing very well, picking up all my local AM stations with just a short antenna wire. Contrasting original knobs look great, the dial lamp works fine, and it has a perfect Retro-Tronics replacement back. A 10+ on anyone's scale! Tiny sized midget at about 8-1/2"W x 4-1/2"H x 4"D.  $126.00. (1150462)

 

Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

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Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

A black dial pre-War Zenith in a nice professionally refinished solid walnut case, one of only a few Zenith cases attributed to the Ingraham Cabinet Company. One of the last production runs before Zenith switched over to wartime operations. These cases really look terrific after they are refinished. 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 with no annoying filter hum. The dial lamp work fine. It has its original "Z" knobs, "Z" dial pointer, and a nice Retro-Tronics replacement back. About 11-1/2"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $179.00. (1150474)

 

Zenith 6-D-612 (1942)

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Zenith 6-D-612 (1942)

Pre-War Zenith, one of the last production runs by Zenith before WW II military conversion. The set has no cosmetic issues like cracks, chips or hairline cracks. A very nice showroom shine still on the Bakelite. The set is playing well, picking up all my local AM stations with no annoying filter hum. The knobs are original, and there is a nice Retro-Tronics back on the case. "Zenith: The quality goes in before the name gone on." About 12"W x 8"H (incl. handle) x 7"D.  $129.00. (1150473)

 

Zenith 6-D-614 (1942)

Zenith 6-D-614 (1942)

This 1942 Zenith is one of the classic pre-War Zenith designs before the company switched over to military production. This set was designed by Robert Davol Budlong, Zenith's most prolific designer. This Budlong design is known to current generations as the "Darth Vader radio." An undamaged Bakelite case with beautiful swirling. No cracks, chips or hairline cracks, and no repairs. Nice original contrasting butterscotch knobs give this set instant appeal. This six-tube chassis has been checked, and the set plays very well picking up all my local AM stations during the day, and many distant stations at night with an internal loop antenna. Dual dial lamps. The radio has its original back, which is almost always missing. About 11"W x 7-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D.  $174.00. (1150469)

 

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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  • The restoration is fabulous, and it plays just as well. The packaging is first rate. This is one of the best-packed radios I have ever received.
  • 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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