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Crosley 56-TD "Duette" (1947)

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)

 

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)

 

General Electric H-500 "Turbine" (1939)

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General Electric H-500 "Turbine" (1939)

GE produced a lot of radio models, but none as distinctive and stylish as the "turbine" lineup from 1939. They were not only a great design, but these late 1930's sets had incredible brown and tan mottling in the cabinets. This H-500 model is in excellent condition. It is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations with no annoying filter hum. The dial lamp shines thru the white dial wheel when the radio is turned on, creating quite an unusual effect. This model came without a built-in loop antenna, so it used an antenna wire. The case is excellent, with no chips, cracks, or hairline cracks. All knobs are original. It has a perfect Retro-Tronics replacement back. It's a small radio at about 9"W x 5-1/2"H x 5"D.  $149.00. (1150397)

 

Philco 49-607 Portable (1949)

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Philco 49-607 Portable (1949)

A completely restored and refinished Philco roll-top portable from 1949 in excellent condition. This is a classic from Philco in a simulated alligator leatherette covering with a tambour roll top to cover the dial. It has a matching leatherette handle in perfect condition. There are no tears, cracks or cosmetic damage. The chassis has been checked, cleaned and completely restored, and the radio plays great. Label is inside the case with model number. About the nicest example I have seen of this model. About 12"W x 9-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D.  $109.00. (1150401)

 

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)

 

Vogue "Bullet" (circa 1940)

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Vogue "Bullet" (circa 1940)

This is a one-of-a-kind radio, most likely a pre-War department store brand. I have never seen this brand or model before. It's very similar to the Admiral 15-D5 from 1940. Great bullet shape, and the case has no cosmetic damage like cracks or breaks. Bullet knobs and a Retro-Tronics replacement back on the case. The Bakelite also still has a lot of its original showroom shine. The chassis has been serviced and the radio is playing picking up all my local AM stations. About 10"W x 6-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D.  $149.00. (1150398)

 

Westinghouse H-598P4 Portable (1957)

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Westinghouse H-598P4 Portable (1957)

Very colorful & cute little Retro Westinghouse beach portable from 1957 in Beige & Scarlet. Excellent case with no major cosmetic issues. Hinges & handle are in perfect condition. The radio is playing clearly on AC. It's both a battery & AC set, but has not been tested on batteries as they are not made anymore. Great scarlet red color and very small at 8-1/4"W x 6"H x 3"D.  $109.00. (1150402)

 

Zenith 5-D-610 (1941)

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Zenith 5-D-610 (1941)

1941 pre-War Zenith black dial in excellent condition. Beautiful swirled 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. A nice Retro-Tronics replacement back on the case. A nice pre-War Zenith. About 11-1/2"W x 6"H x 6-1/2"D.  $119.00. (1150400)

 

Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

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Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

Black dial pre-War Zenith in a beautiful 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, just like the day they 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 with no annoying filter hum. The dial lamp works 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.  $189.00. (1150403)

 

Zenith R511-F "Broadway" (1954)

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Zenith R511-F "Broadway" (1954)

A very colorful hunter green 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 hunter green plastic case is in 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.  $96.00. (1150399)

 

Zenith R511-R "Broadway" (1954)

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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.  Was $115.00, now $96.00. (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 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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