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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)

 

Belmont 6-D-121 (1947)

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Belmont 6-D-121 (1947)

Streamlined 1947 Belmont radio with an Art Deco look of the late 1930's. Belmont made the identical set for Airline as a model 84BR-1507. Six push buttons, an on/off volume knob, and a side tuning knob. The sunrise dials on these Belmont sets (identical to the classic model 6-D-111) are really stunning, especially when lit up. The paint on this radio is original, and outside of a nick or two is really in great condition. No cracks, chips or other cosmetic problems. Label on the bottom, Belmont emblem on the front, and original back on the radio. 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.  $219.00. (1150446)

 

Coronado C5D14 "Jewel" (1947)

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Coronado C5D14 "Jewel" (1947)

Coronado was the brand name for radios sold by Gamble Stores. This radio was manufactured by Belmont for Gamble, hence it really has that Belmont Art Deco look. It is identical to the Coronado 43-8160. Nicknamed the "Jewel" due to its colorful dial. This dark brown, almost black set has no cracks, chips, or other cosmetic damage. It has a complete label, and also has its metal back, which is part of its antenna system. The radio has been gone over completely, everything replaced that was needed, and is playing great with no annoying filter hum. It's an extremely small radio, only about 8"W x 6"H x 4-1/2"D.  $175.00. (1150448)

 

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)

 

Emerson 868 "Miracle Wand" Portable (1957)

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)

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)

 

Motorola 53-LC-1 Portable (1953)

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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 2-C-513 Portable Clock Radio (1952)

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)

 

Zenith 6-D-612 (1942)

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Zenith 6-D-612 (1942)

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. Beautiful showroom shine on the Bakelite. The chassis has been gone over carefully by a pro, and everything that needed replacing was done. The set is playing well, picking up all my local AM stations with no annoying filter hum. The knobs are original, and it even has its original back on the case. A very nice pre-War Zenith. About 12"W x 8"H (to top of handle) x 7"D.  $129.00. (1150447)

 

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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