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Clinton Radio (1938)

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Clinton Radio (1938)

Well, maybe we can't bring back our former president, but we certainly can bring back this Clinton! This circa 1938 wood tone metal radio is a classic, and an absolutely killer dial if there ever was one. It's in the best condition of all these sets I have seen in many years of collecting. Great wood tone painted case, and original grille cloth & knobs. It has two bands, but the second band is the old police band. I have seen these sets sold under different names, but they all seem to be made by the same company in Chicago. The chassis has been completely gone over, and the radio is playing, picking up many AM stations, but you really need a lot of antenna cord extended as I have been told the volume is enhanced by a long antenna wire. This is a rare radio in this kind of condition. About 9"W x 7"H x 6"D.  $239.00. (1150413)

 

Crosley 11-302 "Riviera" Portable (1951)

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Crosley 11-302 "Riviera" Portable (1951)

1951 flip front Crosley portable in meadow green with a sea green lid. This is an extremely hard radio to find without major damage. The cases were very fragile and not many survived intact. This green set is in very good condition without any major cosmetic problems. There are just a couple or rubs up on the right top, and the usual number of scratches from 60 years of use, but nothing major like cracks or chips or breaks. The chassis has been checked by a professional, and the radio is working & playing, tuning in all my local AM stations. It came in green, blue, red, brown and black. I think I have all the colors. About 9"W x 6"H x 4"D.  $148.00. (1150409)

 

DeWald B-401 (1948)

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DeWald B-401 (1948)

DeWald midget in beautiful ivory Plaskon. A cousin of the DeWald 1939 "Bantam." Reddish maroon dial and knobs, and reddish cardboard speaker grille cover. The chassis has been restored and the radio is playing nicely picking up all my local AM stations. The case has a very minor little chip on the back top left corner, hardly noticeable. One of the screw receptors inside the case has been rebuilt. Replacement back on the radio. A cute little midget that will fit anywhere. About 7"W x 4-3/4"H x 4-3/4"D.  $99.00. (1150406)

 

Emerson 540 Midget (1947)

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Emerson 540 Midget (1947)

Post-War Emerson midget in a beautiful fire engine red professionally painted case. Super Christmas color! The case is in excellent cosmetic condition. No repairs were made. The black midget knobs are original, as well as the back. The radio has been recapped & 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. Alnico 5 Permanent Magnetic Dynamic Speaker, Built-In Super Loop, Automatic Volume Control, Many Other Advance 'Big-Set' Features." This is a nice alternative to the red Plaskon set, usually damaged and/or priced very high. 6-1/2"W x 4-3/4"H x 3-1/4"D.  $149.00. (1150410)

 

FADA 845 "Cloud"" (1946)

FADA 845 "Cloud"" (1946)

Beautiful FADA "Cloud" from 1946 in a swirly polystyrene undamaged case. Nice contrasting butterscotch knobs. Most radios pickup the same stations, but some do it in great style. The case has no cosmetic damage, no cracks, chips or hairlines. The set has its original back on the radio with a good label. The radio chassis has been recapped, and is playing well picking up all my local AM stations, and stations all across the USA at night. The radio really looks great with the dial light bleeding thru the ivory polystyrene case. About 10-1/2"W x 6"H x 5-1/2"D.  $319.00. (1150405)

 

Motorola 53H (1954)

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Motorola 53H (1954)

Motorola atomic design radio from 1954 in a gray with yellow front pristine Bakelite case. This is a very hard color to find. The case has no cosmetic damage, no cracks, chips or hairline cracks. The original back is on the set, and the radio has been recapped and is playing very well picking up all my local AM stations with no annoying filter hum. It even has the original brassy knob inserts, usually missing. This is a fantastic retro Motorola radio. About 11-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 7"D (to end of the knobs).  $148.00. (1150408)

 

Motorola 57-CD-3A Clock Radio (1957)

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Motorola 57-CD-3A Clock Radio (1957)

Beautifully colored bright blue Motorola Retro clock radio in excellent cosmetic condition. These Styrene cases usually always have bad stress cracks on the top, but this case has no stress cracks on top, just a very faint short line on the bottom front skirt, hardly visible. The clock is working keeping time, and the radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. Everything is completely original. These particular Motorola models from the 1950s are absolutely killers in color. About 13"W x 5"H x 5"D.  $149.00. (1150412)

 

Motorola C20BZ Clock Radio (circa 1955)

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Motorola C20BZ Clock Radio (circa 1955)

Retro 50's Motorola clock radio in two tone powder blue. The case is really in nice condition, no cracks, chips or damage, just a scratch or two. It is all original, including the back and label on the bottom. Really great blue color. There is very little data available on this Motorola, but its design is Retro to the max. The clock works, keeping time, and the radio plays fine picking up all my local AM stations. Push buttons for off, on, auto and Lazalarm (I guess if you want to catch a few more winks). Matching blue knobs with brassy inserts. About 14"W x 6-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D.  $99.00. (1150407)

 

Westinghouse H-598P4 Portable (1957)

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)

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-410 (1939)

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Zenith 6-D-410 (1939)

This pre-War Zenith is a very hard to find classic Deco radio, in a one-of-a-kind design. This radio is part of Zenith history, as according to legend, it was the only set Zenith ever tried to recall. First, the radio is working & playing well, picking up all my local AM stations. And second, the case is in excellent undamaged condition, no chips, cracks or hairline cracks. The legend, according to John Bryant's Zenith anthology, The Glory Years, is that the company's founder, Commander McDonald, became interested in the possibility of using Bakelite in molding radio chassis as well as the cases. A decision was made somewhere to use an inverted chassis, and problems soon abounded from owners and technicians due to the fragility of the Bakelite, as well as tube heat build-up in the case. An attempt was made to recall all sold and unsold radios, and legend has it that Zenith destroyed many of these sets. Hence, they are a hard radio to find, especially undamaged and working. You are buying a part of the history of Zenith Radio when you buy this radio. The chassis loads from the bottom. About 8"W x 6"H x 5"D.  $179.00. (1150411)

 

Zenith R511-F "Broadway" (1954)

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.  $86.00. (1150399)

 

Zenith R511-R "Broadway" (1954)

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.  $86.00. (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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  • 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!
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  • 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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