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Crosley 56-TD "Duette" Portable (1947)

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Crosley 56-TD "Duette" Portable (1947)

A one-of-a-kind designed Crosley radio in excellent undamaged condition and original maroon paint. A must for any collection. Nicknamed the "Duette" due to its symmetrical back and front. A 1947 Crosley magazine advertisement for this set called it a "Rondo." The ad said it was "Smart and new-from every view." Crosley must have employed a poet! This case is in really nice condition, just a few small paint rubs, but no other major issues like chips or cracks. The radio has been recapped and gone over by a pro, and it plays well, picking up all my AM stations with no interference or filter hum. About 10-1/2"W x 8-1/2"H x 6"D.  $169.00. (1150523)

 

Emerson 642-A (1949)

Emerson 642-A (1949)

This Emerson radio has a fantastic dial that looks much older than 1949. A beautiful blue/green teal colored dial, and red clown nose dial pointer, really a great contrast. The case is in like new condition, no cracks or other cosmetic issues, just like it just came off the dealer's shelf. It has its original knobs, spring loaded handle, and a perfect undamaged original back. The chassis has been gone over, and everything that needed replacing was done. The radio is playing nicely, picking up all my local AM stations, and many more at night. I have seen several of these models, and this is the best I have ever seen, hands down. About 11"W x 7"H x 6"D.  $139.00. (1150516)

 

Emerson 883 Series B Clock Radio (1958)

Emerson 883 Series B Clock Radio (1958)

A Retro classic from Emerson in ivory and pink, including a pink dial. This set screams 1950's. The bar on top is a clock light and doze alarm. Going back to sleep in the 50's must have been important to people. No cracks or other cosmetic problems, just a few scratches and rubs. The clock works quietly, and the radio plays fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. A great piece of Emersonmania. About 12"W x 6"H x 5"D.  $142.00. (1150495)

 

General Electric H-520 "Turbine" (1939)

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General Electric H-520 "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 one is in wonderful 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 with a loop antenna and complete Bakelite back. The case is excellent, with no chips, cracks, or hairline cracks. All push buttons and knob are original. It's a small radio at about 9"W x 5-1/2"H x 5"D.  $169.00. (1150526)

 

Mantola 461-5SL (1938)

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Mantola 461-5SL (1938)

This 1938 Mantola is truly one of the most Art Deco radios ever designed. This is an extremely hard set to find. Mantola was the house brand for radios sold by B.F. Goodrich. These sets were made for Goodrich by other manufacturers, many by Admiral (Continental Radio). It has been completely restored cosmetically by a professional in black lacquer. The chassis has been fully checked, and everything that required changing was replaced. The radio plays perfectly. Great dial, original knobs. No back. A real standout in any collection. The design has that Zenith "pancake" styling. About 9"W x 7"H x 6"D.  $279.00. (1150524)

 

Motorola 45P5 "Pixie" Portable (1954)

Motorola 45P5 "Pixie" Portable (1954)

This Motorola mid-50s Retro midget is a sub-miniature tube portable. It has three sub-miniature tubes and one miniature tube. It's in excellent condition, no cracks or breaks. The leather handle is also in great condition. This set takes a 45 volt "B" battery and one 1.5 volt "C" cell battery for its power supply. 45 volt batteries are still available, but are very expensive. Hence, it has not been tested and is more for display than performance. It must have spent a lot of time at the swimming pool, as there is some rust in the "C" cell battery connection space. A great example of Motorola history. Tiny at 6"W x 4"H x 2"D.  $79.00. (1150514)

 

Motorola 56H (1956)

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Motorola 56H (1956)

A perfect Motorola 56H in fire engine red, a Retro styled icon with its famous torpedo dial. Yes, I know it didn't come in this color, but I think it should have. I hope you will agree that it's a nice improvement on brown Bakelite. This model came in the following colors: ivory, turquoise and brown. The turquoise and ivory sets are notorious for hairline cracks; the brown sets are usually fine, but the color is so blah. This brown set was in perfect condition, just needed a better color. The chassis was completely gone over replacing all that was needed, and the radio plays great, picking up all my local stations clearly. The torpedo dial is perfect. About 11-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H x 5"D.  $179.00. (1150522)

 

Philco D-661 Portable (1956)

Philco D-661 Portable (1956)

Philco "Personal" portable from 1956 in dark navy blue, it also came in tropical red. In excellent condition for a 60 year old radio. Dial knob has its original brass insert, and the metal trim on the front is in great condition. There are no cosmetic issues like chips, cracks or breaks. One small little flea bite on the top. The set is playing very well, picking up all my local AM stations. Super colorful Philco is about 9-1/2"W x 6"H x 3-3/4"D.  $96.00. (1150496)

 

Philco PT-69 (1939)

Philco PT-69 (1939)

This classic pre-War Philco trapezoid shaped radio was introduced in the Fall of 1939 for the 1940 model year. It comprises both a Sessions self-starting clock and an AM broadcast band radio. The neat compact case is finished in book matched walnut veneers with maple inlays. The case has been professionally refinished and is in beautiful condition, with just a few nicks. The radio has its original back, often missing on this set. The clock takes a few minutes to self start, but is working fine, keeping decent time once it starts off. The radio has been completely checked by a technician, and all tubes, resistors and capacitors were changed as needed. The radio is playing fine, picking up all my local stations. Philco PT-69 label on the bottom. About 11-1/2"W (bottom) x 9-1/2"W (top) x 8-1/2"H x 6"D.  $225.00. (1150490)

 

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

The year 1939 produced some great case designs, and this Zenith is no exception. It is an icon of the Art Deco period. It was designed by Robert Budlong, one of Zenith's most prolific engineers, and it is a classic must have in any radio collection. The radio has to its credit an appearance in one of MGM's "Babes in Arms" movies, staring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. This Franciscan brown set originally sold for $14.95. It was sold with a gold dial which was more common. This dial is the harder to find dark dial. The case is in very nice condition, with no cracks, chips or major cosmetic issues. One tiny line on one of the ribs, hard to see. It has been checked by a pro and plays fine, no annoying filter hum with just a short antenna wire. It has a nice Retro-Tronics replacement back on the set. About 10-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 7"D.  $199.00. (1150509)

 

Zenith 6-D-525 (1941)

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 fantastic 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 work fine. It has its original "Z" knobs, "Z" dial pointer, and a nice Retro-Tronics replacement back. I have had several, but this is just about the best ever. About 11-1/2"W x 7"H x 6-1/2"D.  $199.00. (1150521)

 

Zenith 6-D-614 (1942)

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Zenith 6-D-614 (1942)

This 1942 Zenith is one of the classic Zenith designs before the company switched over to military war production. This set was designed by Robert Davol Budlong, Zenith's most prolific designer. This Budlong design is known 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. Dual dial lamps really light up the dial at night. The radio has a perfect Retro-Tronics back. About 11"W x 7-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D.  $169.00. (1150525)

 

Zenith 6-D-629 (1942)

Zenith 6-D-629 (1942)

A really nice original example of this pre-War Zenith black dial boomerang designed by Robert Davol Budlong, one of Zenith's most prolific engineers. This set was one of the last production runs before the War and Zenith switched over to wartime operations. It was described in their brochure "as a Con-Sol Tone model in genuine hand rubbed walnut veneers. Six tubes, including rectifier, and two double purpose tubes, yielding eight tube operation.". The finish is original, and outside of a nick or two and a few minor scratches, is in excellent condition. The grille cloth is original, and it has a Retro-Tronics back, and nice butterscotch replacement knobs. Zenith made the knobs on several of these 1940-42 sets out of soybeans, and accordingly, they cooked when the shafts heated up! The radio has been completely gone over by a professional, and it plays very nicely with twin dial lights. About 13"W x 8-1/2"H x 7"D.  $226.00. (1150493)
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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 FADA arrived safely this morning. It far exceeds my expectations! The photo on Attic does not do it credit. It is lovely. The packing is superb as well.
  • The Philco arrived yesterday in great condition due to your superior packing.  Thank you so much!
  • Radio arrived today in Australia, and I am VERY pleased with my purchase!!! Plugged it in, switched it on and it plays magnificently - very clear and plenty of volume. Also my thanks on the packing - excellent wrapping and packing of the radio.
  • She's a beauty David, playing an oldies station now. Thanks for the great packing job.
  • 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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